Students enrolled 397
Hours 7:30am - 2:30pm
School leader MS. CONCEPCION I MARTINEZ
Transportation options Yes
District Dade County School District
Before school no info
After school Yes

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1150 Southwest 1st Street
Miami, FL 33130

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(305) 325-8071
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4 stars
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July 23, 2014
As to the post of June 29th, again this is the same individual that cannot address the facts and objective measurements that reflect the excellence of YWPA. YWPA is a leadership-magnet school with an advanced curriculum. As noted on the YWPA website the school has been rated as the 9th most rigorous high school in the United States by the Washington Post. The school does teach, foster and promote its leadership program with a lot more breadth, scope and purpose than simply the 7 Habits program. It is part of each teacher's obligation at YWPA to instill leadership concepts and instruction into the curriculum. Again the facts speak for themselves. One Gates Millenium Leadership Scholarship, Two POSSE Leadership Scholarships and multiple other awards and recognition for leadership. Some people only want to teardown, often in an effort to mask other issues. Take it from a parent that has spent 8 years involved with the school both as a parent of a student, and as an ESSAC representitive. I know the facts and have the information to support my contentions. As I previously reminded the poster, you are entitled to your own opinion but not your own set of facts.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2014
The leadership program does not exist as a formal program in this school is just a label, the program is based on an outdated self help book which the school isn't even authorized to implement due to the fact they lack a license to implement it. This blog is designed to help parents voice their opinion about problems within the school that need fixing in hopes they would be corrected.To parents: when choosing a new school the rule of thumb is "buyers beware" don't get caught in the "statistics mumbo jumbo"...

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2014
YWPA is wonderful. As in all schools there is sometimes a rotten apple. In this case its a parent. We are all glad to bid them goodbye. Off they go to harass their next school. Makes you wonder why they stayed for 3 years. I have been a teacher here since day 1. It is an awesome school with great students and staff who strive for and reach excellence regularly. IF you were so displeased with a place ,would you stay for 3 years? I certainly wish them the same they wished all of us I am glad to begin a new school year at YWPA with a new class of eager,bright children.

- submitted by a teacher
June 03, 2014
To be honest, this school has been such a traumatizing experience for both me and my child. When I first took a tour of this school, they informed me that the school was an academically rigorous academy with individualized teaching and plenty of room for my child to learn and grow and it pains me to say that not only was I bamboozled, but so were all of the parents who sent their children here expecting a decent education. The majority of the teachers lack the skills and abilities to teach the students and simply just feed them enough information to pass the class, the teachers treat the students as their own children which has become an increasingly disturbing problem, and the students that they accept into the school lack the academic motivation to succeed. Overall, one of the worst school experiences, me and my child have had to endure.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2014
Young Women's Preparatory Academy is fantastic opportunity for highly motivated young women to receive an education of quality and depth and place themselves in a position to be college ready at the time of graduation.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
This is a FANTASTIC YWPA family. The quality of care, teaching, rapport, communication, staff and leadership that this school provides is excellent. First, the interest in the school. Second, what it takes to get in. These parents care. The more we can get of parent participation, which is where it begins, then we all benefit. My daughter benefits from the challenging curriculum, great activities, some from the PTSA and great role models. We are very proud. We plan to step up and help the new students and parents by being their role models. We know as parents that our daughter has a greater opportunities in her future at YWPA. This environment creates future leaders that we can be proud of based on the quality of great leadership at YWPA.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
I can think of no better place to teach. This is a fantastic community of professionals who are genuinely interested in and are aware of every one of the 412 students in the building. I cannont wait until my daughter is old enough to attend YWPA.

- submitted by a teacher
October 08, 2013
YWPA has been the best decision that I've made for my daughter. Three years ago, I was concerned to find a middle school that will help my daughter cope with the changes of becoming a teenager. The school has though her confidence, leadership, and the most important is her grades have improved 100%. Also the teachers make the curriculum so interesting for her that she wants to due better everyday. As years passed, and courses get harder she tells me mami before when school was easier, I did not have such good grades than now when school is harder . An amazing school, with great girls and even better staff!!! GO YWPA!

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2013
Applying to YWPA was the best decision that I've made for my daughter five years ago......... as a concerned parent I was looking for a middle school that would help my daughter with the transition of becoming a teenager and knowing that peer peasure and a lot of many other things that comes with that age......I was also worried with the distration of BOYS in school instead of her being focused on school. Looking back, it has been an excellent choice. Knowing that shes become an excellent young lady in school, with grades, leadership and self confidence that will help her succeed. Now as a 10th grader shes focused with school and its able to handle her social life on the weekends. And yes, even boys! An amazing school, with great girls and even better staff!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2013
As far as "RIGOR" 99.99% of all parents would agree YWPA is an awesome learning environment with very high expectations for students and teachers to teach at a level that will prepare each and every young lady to succeed in the college environment. If I may make a suggestion to the .01% parent that always finds time to complain; 1. Withdrawl your daughter from YWPA and see if you can find a better school. 2. Put all your efforts into homeschooling, so the only individual you can find fault with would be yourself. 3. Read the news, get involved with the news and literature available.....Surely, the news reports are not fibbing. Lastly, do not cast your unhappiness with yourself on others. What you project is what you are. You make the best of every situation......pull your child out of the school for a much highly rated academic environment......

- submitted by a teacher
March 13, 2013
This school has caring teachers and staff that try their best within the confines of the state standards and (ludicrous) testing demands. The students appear happy and well-mannered. The trust counselors and support staff do an excellent job by providing morale booster & school spirit events. The early school day (7:15 am) is not the best for teenagers, but most seem to adapt eventually. Although the trade off is often not being able to participate in out of school activities that have late afternoon and evening practices. The homework load is reasonable due to the block schedule classes ( 1 hr 50 mins) which allows for quality instruction and in class work time. Improvements can always be made and schools are always adapting and changing to the demands of the student body. I feel the school does a good job for the most part.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2012
My daughter has been in this school for 4 years (since 6th grade) and I am happier every day. I gave my daughter the option of going to another high school because I believe that she should be the one to decide and she told me that she is a YWPA girl. It has excellent academic standars, caring teachers and a great administration. I want the BEST for my daughter and that is why she is in YWPA, ranked 5th in Florida.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2012
My daughter was a student here at YWPA for 4 years and let me say she wasn't happy. They force you into taking classes you dont want to take & call them "electives" but you dont "elect" anything. The academics are rigorous yes, they are also very good yet teachers seem to focus more on a "curriculum" leading to a test that will increase the school's standards. I feel they push them more for the appearance of the school and salary of the teachers then their own benefit really. Helicopter parents fly over the school at all times making demands for their girls. The administration is harsh on some people yet easy on others, depends on who they favor more, who has better grades, or whose parent spends 3 hours a day in the school's office. I feel their greatness is only because they push the kids to their limits to juice good scores out of them, which could be a good thing dont get me wrong, however it feels more like a concentration camp then a school. Highschool years are very important, this is great for 6-8 grade, but do your daughters a kindness and let them leave if they'd like for highschool, they need to grow up and face the real world this school shelters them from.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2012
I am a student at YWPA, so take it from my point of view that this is the best place you could ever go. From the moment I walked in everyone has been nothing but kind and extraordinarily helpful. You have so many options and so much freedom. The teachers are amazing. They teach in such a manner that you forget that you are even learning, it is just so much fun. They give you plenty of extra room to lead. Some classes are a little challenging, but all in their own creative way, leaving you to figure out the puzzle. There are plenty of great clubs, as well as extra curriculum. Programs such as the Big Sister/Little Sister program allow you to make yourself known to others and take a break. I must advise, though, you CAN NOT goof around with your grades. Everyone wants to see us accepted into great colleges, work in a great career, and be able to live a successful life. If I could give this school a million stars, I would. I highly recommend this school to any young girl whom takes school seriously and really wants to make an impact and be successful in life. I look forward to the rest of my years developing into the young woman I only dreamed I could be.

- submitted by a community member
May 14, 2012
I am currently a Senior at YWPA. It was the last place I wanted to be when I came here 7 years ago. For me it was a daily torture. Then I realized it was the perfect place to learn and try your hardest without all the high school drama. I am not the best student, but I am much better as a student and a young women for having come to this school and having grown up in a safe loving place. I am much smarter and ready for my future now I will miss many of my teachers who have guided and pushed me to finally do my best..

- submitted by a community member
July 06, 2011
My daughter goes to YWPA. IT is an excellent school. 6-8th grade are the most crucial time in a childs life and having no boys to distract them has made them concentrate more on studies. Although i do feel they should have that high school experience of home coming and prom. The school needs to just find ways to incoporate activities with a brother school. And there is no way the girls fall in love with the male teachers maybe the parent. I highly recommend the school for girls going into 6th grade. I

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2011
I have been going to YWPA for three years now and i am in 8th grade. When I first came to this school I just wanted to go because of the Mac books but now that have been in the school it help you to prepare for college. The classes are challenging but they are to help you for your future.The school is very small so you get to know everybody in the school most students and all of the teachers. Before I went to YWPA is was always by myself but now I am always surrounded by people even if I barely hang out with them. I would recommend this school for ladies that want to focus on their education and not boys (none in the school). I hope I stay in this school until i graduate.

- submitted by a community member
February 09, 2011
Continued...They enforce the uniform way too much and they are super picky about it. Lastly with no boys in the school some girls become desperate and are reduced to liking the teachers (which i find pretty creepy) especially with the school's mistake of having a few young male teachers. The academics are great and they have many resources for learning like the Mac books which at this point i find more of a burden. If your daughter is the type that wants to do something in life send her that to school even if she hates you for it at the beginning but they will later thank you as i did to my mother

- submitted by a community member
January 07, 2011
Hello! Let me start off by saying that the previous reviews entered are both wonderful and true. I am a proud student at Young Womens Preparatory Academy, this is my second year at the school and I absolutely love it! Everyday is filled with challenging academic experiences and a fun, safe environment. The girls are well rounded, smart, independent, fun-loving and positive about themselves and their school. We're all girls so we understand each other. As a member of numerous clubs and activities, I have had the opportunity to share amazing experiences. YWPA is special in the sense that everyday we strive to become strong women leaders. Every class incorporates the sharpening of leadership skills. In conclusion, I love Young Women's Preparatory Academy, I know that with the help of my teachers and my determination, that my future is headed in the right direction. :)

- submitted by a community member
October 31, 2010
I think this school is great because it teaches young ladies to be self-dependent and we recently incorporated many sports like rowing, golf and tennis. I think this school has everything; great teachers and wonderful parental support

- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2010
My daughter just started her 3rd year at YWPA and is in 8th grade. Considering the great financial strain that the school district is experiencing, YWPA remains to uphold their high standards in order to make quality education, safety, and a supportive environment available to middle and high school-aged girls who are interested in taking their education seriously. According to my child, students of YWPA never have to worry about being bullied, or having class time interrupted by disruptive students. Based on my observations, parents in this school seem to be involved and invested in their daughters' educations. The course work is intended to be challenging and I feel confident that my daughter will be more than prepared for college. As someone who works at another public high school, I am thankful and relieved that my daughter has been given the opportunity to attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2010
Ive been at this school since 8th grade and I have seen many changes and additions take place to improve my YWPA. Now that I'm a senior, I can say that I'm very comfortable with the atmosphere, despite some of the nonsense restrictions on unifroms. The classes can be a little difficult, but the teachers are fully dedicated to making sure that EVERYONE passes. The activities and events may not be as big as regular high schools, but at least we can get out of class for a day to enjoy ourselves. I look forward to successfully graduating from here in 2011.

- submitted by a community member
April 25, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2010
I am a student at Young Women's Preparatory Academy. I am in the 7th Grade and this is my second year here. IT is an excellent choice for your Daughter(s). There is a lot of excellent teachers for incoming or students already attending the school. I am really great full that I am in this school but it doesn't have sports or other different electives but that is because we are a new school and in the incoming school years there will be new stuff added to the school. I am also very happy for those new incoming six graders (especially for my sister) that got excepted to the school. It is a choice you will never regret choosing.

- submitted by a student
March 15, 2010
This school has recommended my daughter christelle and is very good.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 04, 2010
I honestly dont like this school and I just started. I think the classes are 2 hard and that most of the girls here are stuck up

- submitted by a student
January 16, 2010
I have been at YWPA for four years now. The small size makes you extremely comfortable, socially. The teachers are nice when they want to be and you do learn quite a bit. There are no extracurricular activities and no sports whatsoever because there is no room. The clubs that are there are slowly improving. It is different for high schools girls and middle school girls though. Many high schoolers want to leave. The middle schoolers are in love with YWPA; they receive more benefits from the school when it comes to field trips and what not. Mac laptops are provided but they aren't worth the trouble they come with. Another disadvantage is that if your daughter graduates from there or they intend to switch high schools, they may be overwhelmed by the school's size and population. I will be leaving this year because I want to explore my other options.

- submitted by a student
January 16, 2010
I have been at YWPA for four years now. The small size makes you extremely comfortable, socially. The teachers are nice when they want to be and you do learn quite a bit. There are no extracurricular activities and no sports whatsoever because there is no room. The clubs that are there are slowly improving. It is different for high schools girls and middle school girls though. Many high schoolers want to leave. The middle schoolers are in love with YWPA; they receive more benefits from the school when it comes to field trips and what not. Mac laptops are provided but they aren't worth the trouble they come with. Another disadvantage is that if your daughter graduates from there or they intend to switch high schools, they may be overwhelmed by the school's size and population. I will be leaving this year because I want to explore my other options.

- submitted by a student
November 23, 2009
I am a former student from YWPA and i have to say leaving YWPA was a bad choice. This school is filled with amazing teachers who dedicate their time to teaching student and preparing them for the future. At YWPA they look pass the FCAT, they look at college. This school has many resources like the MAC laptops, the library and acess to your counselor any time of the day. This school is so worth it !

- submitted by a student
October 04, 2009
I am a 7th grader at Young Women's Preparatory Academy in Miami, Florida. I am so happy and thankful that I got chosen to be in this school. This school has so many wonderful teachers. The people here are so nice. The homework the teachers give is meaningful. If you have a daughter about to go to 6-12 grade, you should put her in this school. The first step she takes in this school will be magical.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 07, 2009
This is my daughter's first year at YWPA, and I must say my daughter is extremely happy. She has made many friends. The teacher's and principal are very supportive. The academic and leadership standards are high. We Love YWPA!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2009
Nice clean building in unsavory neighborhood. Daughter learned alot of colorful language from the older girls. I would reccomend this school for highschool but not for incoming middle school age girls. Math and Science classes did not impress. PE was given too much attention. Critical thinking, Social Studies, and Computer tech classes were extremely beneficial! New principle trying her best without much support and small staff. Five of my daughters friends left before end of second grading period. Concern about college placement from this young institution. Difficult to make friends as girls from far and away brought in and no after school extracuricular activities. No sports, team spirit. Some excellent teachers made it bearable to withstand first year. All girls is a great idea but needs improvement.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2009
This is my third year in this school and all I can say is that this school is incredible. So little problems as an all-girl school, we mostly get along quite wll, and the education is excellent. I recommend it to all parents considering their daughter into this school. It really s a leadership school that works. It makes your daughters stronger, more independent women.

- submitted by a student
June 28, 2009
I have attend YWPA for two years now, going to three. I never thought about ever attending an all girl school, but now that I attend one, it is a wonderful experience. The teachers are wonderful and the staff are very pleasant to be around. The fact that this is an all girl school there a lot less attention problems and a lot less discipline problems. The environment is very peaceful and just GREAT! The teachers are very good, I have very few problems with the teachers here. But I do agree that the Language Arts section of the school is lacking what it should have, many students are lacking the knowledge that we need to pertain for high school, so we are not behind. But the school is working on it. In conclusion, this is a delightful school. Think about it! :]

- submitted by a student
May 29, 2009
My daughter attends this school and has never been happier! It's a great environment and education.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
The Language arts department is very poor. Classes are not the caliber needed

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2009
this school is amazing i'm going there right now and i have no problem learning at an advaced pace

- submitted by a student
April 04, 2009
I think this school is amazing in every way. I believe the comment that was posted Monday, March 30, 2009 is a humongous lie. Honestly I can say this school is great and I am so proud of myself to be able to enter a school that I can talk about without feelings bad, without being scared or timid to talk to people, and a school that gives me absolutely everything to succeed in life. This school is a privilege, an honor. And I must admit their is some drama but their is always going to be drama... in any school and problems too. But sincerely this school is unbelievable and filled with wonderful teachers that don't intimidate you... as much,lol.

- submitted by a student
April 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 30, 2009
Young Womens Preparatory shows and sells itself to be much more than it really is. When touring and asking about the school administrators make is seem it it much more than what it actually is. Homework is barely given. Leadership isnt really taught and enforced at the 'leadership academy' Teachers are not challenging and classes are slack. Highschool classes arent preparing for college and SAT. I would not recommend your daughter going to YWPA

- submitted by a student
January 21, 2009
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- submitted by a student
December 10, 2008
never in my life had i thought about going to an all-girl school. This school is greatly focused on preparing me for the future. Unlike other schools, little drama happens here. There are so many activities to do here and although the teachers are a little strict, they work to make sure we receive the best education possible.

- submitted by a student
November 04, 2008
I love this school. I am in 7th grade.I used to be a very shy girl in a HUGE school. Being afraid your not going to make new friends???Well Then YWPA is the school for you!:D I love it. All the girls are all very nice and I could not imagine switching schools.This school built my confidence in a very big way. It is a great school. And the teachers help the girls alot Academically.Hope to see you there.APPLY!

- submitted by a student
July 16, 2008
The Young Women's Prep Academy is well on its way to becoming one of the best public schools in the county. Students receive personalized attention. I would recommend il to anyone who would like a quality education in a nurturing atmoshpere.

- submitted by a community member
June 11, 2008
I was kicking and screaming when my mom told me she had sent an application to an all girl school. A school without boys? You must be joking. I sincerely believed I was going to hell. Because as most people know, girls can be pretty catty. Now, to the point of this review, the school. I love this school. The teachers are extremely nice. Back in my old school, the teachers had to scream at kids to be heard. In this school, I've never heard a teacher raise their voice at a student. Even though most of them are leaving, we can learn to say goodbye to the old ones and hello to the news ones. To make this short, the school's great. A plus, the principal is awesome and nice. She's the best part of this school. The school, teachers, principal, and even these sometimes catty girls are great! Apply!

- submitted by a student
June 01, 2008
The school Young Women's Preparatory Academy was a good idea to empower young girls. But good intentions will always go bad. I've made the best friends you could ever have at this school and have been taught by the best teachers there are but this school is run by favoritism and has an administration that does not know the right way to handle such a wonderful school. I also think that the school was shorthanded because the county wanted to give more funds to the all boy school opening up. As many of my teachers tell me, if your going to do something do it to the best of your abilities, and they did something and it came out horrific.

- submitted by a student
May 25, 2008
On April 20 something, 2008 I went to the orentation meeting and it was amazing... the school was in great shape, they had cute uniforms, excellent adademics programs, and a wonderful dance team. I thought it was a story to good to be true... and it is!!!! I'm so glad my mom looked in to Young Women's Prepatory Academy..... hope you daughter goes there too. (She will meet lots of nice girls there!!)

- submitted by a student
December 18, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 21, 2007
I have two daughters at YWPA, one in sixth and one in eigth. I have found the atmosphere, education and leadership refreshing. It is an incredible opportunity to recieve excellent academic, social and personal growth education in an environment with like minded young women.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2007
i am go to this school os a great school i am in the seventh grade is so great they give you macbooks and we do everything on them. if you have achild she should go there

- submitted by a student
May 17, 2007
I was sold on the idea of developing/nurturing tech-savvy young ladies (all students get a Mac laptop)and yes my daughter is much more tech-savvy than 1 yr ago but some of the advanced classes are not really advanced -daughter complain that they are doing same math as did in prior yr now afraid this might create problem for high school yrs. Overall they recruited some talented teachers in the area of English, Science, & Civics. School facility well planned but need some more planning for 8th grade and high School yrs. It has been an experience for girls to just be girls (daughter is participating more than in a mixed middle)but I don't plan to keep her here past 8th, but I dont think the school is equipped for those yrs.

- submitted by a parent
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Young Womens Preparatory Academy
1150 Southwest 1st Street, Miami, FL  33130
(305) 575-1200
Last modified Young Womens Preparatory Academy is a Public school that serves grades 6-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Young Womens Preparatory Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 51 reviews.