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Young Womens Preparatory Academy

Public | 6-12 | 397 students

 

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Posted 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


Posted 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The leadership program does not exist as a formal program in this school is just a label, the program is based on an outdated self help book which the school isn't even authorized to implement due to the fact they lack a license to implement it.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


Posted 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


Posted June 3, 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


Posted January 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted October 9, 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


Posted October 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 3, 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.


Posted 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..


Posted July 6, 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


Posted 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.


Posted February 9, 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


Posted January 7, 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. :)


Posted 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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83%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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86%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
71%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
80%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

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2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
54%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
100%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
80%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
100%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

71 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

40 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
96%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
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U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

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n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 66%
Black 20%
White 14%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 166%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 23%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Graduation rate 95%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 48%58%61%
Master's degree 44%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 8%2%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 8%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:30am
School end time
  • 2:30pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. CONCEPCION I MARTINEZ
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (305) 325-8071

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
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