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2206 Prather Lane
Austin, TX 78704

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(512) 414-3236
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August 31, 2015
I have gone to this school for many years now, and I don't like it. The administration has problems with everything. You can't have piercings because they are "distracting." You can't drink anything but water after 9 a.m, you can't wear skinny jeans because somehow they are distracting, and many other unnecessary rules. Most of my classmates don't like it as well. We are here because our parents force us to stay. I understand that they want us to go to college but they take it way too far. They act like it's all about school, what about our social life!? The actual school is old and way too small for middle school and high school, some teachers have to share classrooms. Some of the teachers aren't good, last year half of the class was failing math. We are forced to do extra stuff like service hours. Our electives are depressing. The only thing I was looking forward to this year was dance but they fired the teacher. We only have a couple electives to choose from while other schools have so many more electives and sports. The school spends most of the money on volleyball and band. We only have 3 pathways that they make is take even if these pathways aren't even related to what we want to do in college. The only thing I'm looking forward to this year, is that I'm closer to graduating and finally getting to leave.

- submitted by a community member

April 07, 2014
I have a little sister, who I am her guardian and brother, who is attending this school. She likes it here becuase the academics are good and it defintley prepares the girls for the future. The only thing that she compalins about is that there are no boys in the school, but I think that is why the weekends are for. Besides it means less distractions and less drama. The teachers are great, although I am something against the administration at times. I know that the principle doesn't mean any harm, but some of her decisions that she makes. For example, she fired one of the teachers for geeting pregnate AND having cancer after the pregancy. She did not allow her to get a medical leave, instead she just fired her. So this is one example of how the principle is. Other than that the school is fantastic and its class size for each grade is a good size. All the girls from each of their grade seem to know each other. Again it is a blessing and a privilage for my sister to be attending this school. Just recently I have spoken to some of the graduates from this school, all of the girls are saying that college is a pieace a cake and that ARS prepared them well.

- submitted by a parent

March 26, 2014
Teachers, Principal and Coaches are highly committed to the girls, their academics, social development and leadership skills. Coach Brown did SO MUCH to support my daughter during times she struggled.

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January 16, 2014
My daughter has been attending ARS since 6th grade. She is now a freshman in high school. We are so blessed to have the opportunities this school has offered us. I am a single parent raising my two girls on a single income and attending classes myself. I could never have afforded this type of education for my daughter in a private school. The work is hard and the expectations are high, but my daughter has risen to every challenge with the help of the outstanding faculty and leadership. Thank you, Austin ISD for ARS. It has changed our lives. :)

- submitted by a parent

July 12, 2013
The Ann Richards School is a wonderful place for the right type of girl. Not only are the academics top notch, but the community is nurturing and the sports (for what they are) are good as well. The administration can be a too strict, but they do loosen up considerably once you get to high school. If you're a smart, academically minded girl looking for a great school to prepare you for the future, then look no farther than Ann Richards.

- submitted by a community member

July 22, 2012
As a student, I can say that this school is basically what you make it. If you put your all into the rigorous academics and extracurricular activities and make an effort to get involved, then you will enjoy this school. I love this school, especially because of its intimacy and closeness. I used to be incredibly shy, and now I can make a speech in front of my whole class and not be fazed by it. This school has left a lasting impression on me, and I don't think I could have gotten that at any other school. (I am a high schooler at ARS)

- submitted by a community member

January 22, 2012
It's good for middle school, but terrible for high school. High school should be a time for students to grow academically and mentally. If I've learned one thing from this school, it is that you MUST go to college or you will die. One of the administrators specifically told us we should cancel any activities we have with friends over the weekend to study instead. We get loads of homework and honestly the level is not very good. Everybody must take all pre-ap classes and the teachers are not that great. If you are not good at a certain subject, there is no reason as to why you should be forced to take a pre-ap class. Our electives are really depressing; our theater doesn't ever perform, we lose all our band and orchestra contests and our only other electives are art and choir. We have amazing athletes who are not able to become the stars they could be because they have way too much homework, school work and stress put upon them. Our cross-country coach had to fight in order to simply let us where our cross country t-shirt when we got back from our meet. To be honest, I don't know a single high schooler who actually enjoys this school. Also, half the grade is failing.

- submitted by a community member

May 22, 2011
I have nothing against this school I really don't, but there are many other schools that are much better than this one. Personally the administration can be very rude to staff and students. I don't think that I would have lasted another year there. It is a very fortunate school to go to, but when teachers are always trying to be friendly it does get overwhelming; they stress the idea of family way too much.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
October 11, 2010
An all girls school with many great classes and teachers.

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September 16, 2010
I have been going to the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders since it's opening. Every year teachers are picked out of hundreds of applicants per position, ensuring we get the cream of the crop. It's obvious that we will have to work hard to maintain our grades but teacher have always been willing to tutor me anytime I need them. The school cannot get a review that glows bright enough for it. You could not ask for a better school for your daughter.

- submitted by a community member

August 15, 2010
I went to ARS for my 7th and 8th grade year and found it was not a very good school at all, at least not for me. The whole thing is too focused around college, and it suffocated me. I already knew I wanted to go to college, but they just kept shoving it fown my throat. It would be a good school for girls who aren't really sure about their future. But for me, I was bored half of the time, and found the environment to be oppressive. There were no room for mistakes. For instance, if I forgot my lanyard (part of the uniform), I had to go to lunch detention. If I forgot to go to that, I had to go to MSSH (Mandatory Silent Study Hall). Also, the staff tried too hard to display the diversity.

- submitted by a community member

March 08, 2010
I go to this school and I can honestly say this is the best school I have ever gone to. Yeah we have a lot of work to do, but this is preparing us for college. And I know that when I am part of the fist class that graduates and leaves this school in 2013, I will be prepared to go to a great college and be thankful that I applied to this school in 2006.

- submitted by a student

February 27, 2010
Love it there the teachers and staff are always ready to help us reach our goal. We do many different things other schools don't like, 'fun fest'.

- submitted by a student
no rating
October 06, 2009
The mission of the Ann Richards School is to prepare young women for college, lead in a global community and live in a healthy manner. The girls display a variety of backgrounds and interests. Those interests are supported by the community.

- submitted by a community member

July 16, 2009
The principal, teachers and staff are the most devoted group of educators I have ever known. The students are enthusiastic, focused and hardworking. They are excelling academically and learning how to be a good citizen and future leader for their communities. ARS is cultivating and encouraging future members of our society to make a positive difference in the world. It doesn't get any better than that!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent

October 23, 2008
If you have the opportunity to send your daughter here...do it! It's the best thing that could have happened for my daughters education. The teachers are wonderful and I can't say enough good things about this school She's truly learning everyday, and loving it!

- submitted by a parent
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Richards School For Young Women Leade
2206 Prather Lane, Austin, TX  78704
(512) 414-3236
Last modified Richards School For Young Women Leade is a Public school that serves grades 6-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Richards School For Young Women Leade Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top