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2123 West Huisache Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78201

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(210) 438-6525
(210) 732-7999
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April 10, 2015
YWLA is a great school for girls who love to learn, need positive guidance, need a challenge, or need to gain confidence in their ability to succeed amongst their peers. The teachers and staff work very hard, round the clock to make sure they are available to help the students. They also dedicate a lot of their time organizing events aimed at student success. My daughter was one of the first graduates, class of 2014. She earned a full-paid, 4 year, academic scholarship to a great college. She is a freshman earning a degree in AstroPhysics. She recently took a 2 week trip, through the college, to Santiago, Chile to study at an observatory in the desert. As far as being prepared for college, the rigorous academics, truly prepared her for college level courses. And I'm not going to lie, she experienced constant stress and almost no social life other than afterschool activities, but now she is breezing through college; 4 courses, while working 32 hours off-campus, and she has a social life. I would highly recommend this school, especially if you are a parent who cannot afford to pay high cost tuition, or give your daughter the opportunity to attend a college of her choice.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
My school is amazing! I am currently in the 7th grade and I have learned so much in the past years. We have basketball, volleyball, tennis, and track.. Our teams play really great- undefeated! There is no bullying at this school and it may seem as if being in a all girls school is no fun- but I have had the most fun in my life for these past years. We show great leadership, our teachers are here 24/7 for us... Before school and after. Sure this school may cause stress, but you will come over it. I LOVE my school. We have a hardworking art, dance, and choir department. We also have ALOT of clubs such as drama club, interior design club, etc. your daughter will be college ready and focused on her academics while having fun! I really recommend your daughter attending here, after all, we are ranked the #1 middle school in Texas!

- submitted by a community member
August 31, 2013
Ywla well what can I say about it. Well for starters I am currently a sixth grader there and right now I absolutely love this school. The work is a lot but they break it down for you. The teachers there are wonderful. They are polite, nice, and supporting. Especially my principal, I know I've only been there a week now but she provides so much for us. I can personally say that I did not want to come to this school because of my "friends". But now since I've been here I found out that before they were not my friends. The girls there are so nice. Also there is no bullying. So try this school, apply, encourage and support your daughter! :)

- submitted by a community member
June 22, 2013
As a grandparent I attend the initial organizational meetings and was highly impressed. My granddaughter attended YWLA middle school and it was exceptional. However, when the change in principals occured, the school suffered. The subjects offered at the high school level are very limited. Decisions are now controlled by parents, not the principal or staff; there is a lack of leadership. The purpose of YWLA was to allow a majority of underprivileged girls to know and become interested in continuing onto college. Along with extensive studies they would also be exposed and learn things not available in their home environment. With the parents controlling decisions, this has now failed. For that reason my granddaughter will not be attending high school there.

- submitted by a community member
June 17, 2013
This school is wonderful and ranked #1 in Texas middle school. It is hard but one thing your daughter will be college ready. Teachers are very caring and is welling to help the girls out even after hours. My daughter loves the school and enjoys playing sports for the school. I know when my daughter leaves YWLA she will be college ready and be able to accomplish all her goals that she has set for herself in life......

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2013
The Young Women Leadership Academy is one of the best schools here in San Antonio, Texas In fact, the middle school was just recently ranked #1 in Texas. The school focuses on education so that your daughter can be successful in the future. I am going on my fifth year here at YWLA and everything that I have learned and experienced has been outstanding. Additionally, the friendships and the bonds I've made here will be lifelong, because we all have become sisters. While it is true that some naysayers will say that the school is very "hardcore",difficult, and even too rigorous, I disagree - all you really need is time management. The teachers here are amazing and they bond easily with the students. Another thing about this school it is bully-free; there is absolutely no tolerance for that type of behavior. At YWLA, the ultimate goal here is not to graduate from high school, no,it is to graduate from college. I really recommend this school if you are planning on your daughter being successful in the future, because it has been the best choice I've ever made.

- submitted by a community member
April 06, 2013
This is an outstanding school, this is my daughter's third year attending and she has no intention of leaving. It is a small school as of today 333 students enrolled with 100 joining every year (6th graders). Just click on the test scores tab above this posting read them and then read the negative posting with a grain of salt. I have read some of the negative reviews and to be quite honest, I am pretty sure most of them are from girls (.05%) that couldn't handle the work load, were caught plagiarizing, stealing or some other type of serious offense. 99.5% of the young ladies that have stayed are focused and driven by the challenges they face. The challenges that I am referring to are , competition. They are so competitive with each other that they are driven to one up their fellow classmates. In HS it's so competitive that the GPA's are tenth's of a decimal point apart. ( May have to do a coin flip to determine the class valedictorian} If you want your child prepared for college and a successful academic life, then you owe to your daughter to apply for this school (citywide enrollment eligible)

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2013
So, in fact, it is a tough school, but I know YWLA young ladies are going to be successful beyond high school because of the quality education YWLA continues to provide in preparing them for the competition of the global economy. Both faculty and students are challenged to rigorous and high expectations. At the same time, the girls are taught to be strong and bold leaders in an environment that respect their brains, thirst for knowledge and creativity. Further, the principal models and provides strong leadership by being visible and committed to the goal of academic and life-long excellence for the young women of YWLA. The faculty and staff are always finding ways to challenge the mediocrity education status quo by being innovative and always using data to compare and prepare our girls with students not just in San Antonio, but with students from across the country and world.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2012
This school causes too much stress. College students getting a PhD don't even have half of the stress that YWLA students do, and they are ADULTS. This school is a night mare and about 90 % of the student body will agree that they hate this school and only stay because they are being forced to, but would leave in a heart beat. Horrible and ridiculous. Also the uniforms/rules are ridiculous, you have no self expression and you get in trouble for every little thing. Do yourself a favor and don't even consider this school.

- submitted by a community member
August 21, 2012
I am a student at YWLA and more likely the only one that stayed at the school and now is writing a review. I'm going to be a 9th grader this year and i started the school at 6th grade. I personally LOVE this school. Yes there is tons of work you have to do, however it pays off cause I got a really high score on the STARR test, gets you ready for college, and the SAT test that this school provides every year for every grade level to get an experience for college(FOR FREE). The teachers at the school give every individual student the help they need until they understand the material. This once happened to me when i didn't get the best grade in science. My teacher broke down the material so that it would be very clear for me. Now that i am going to High school, I already have 4 High school credits and I got a scholarship. This is JUST from my middle school year. Who knows what will I will get in High school. I would truly recommend this school in order to be amazing in the future!

- submitted by a community member
July 30, 2012
Strong principal; excellent communication; wonderful teachers; impressive resources and connections; highest academic standards - absolutely satisfied

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2012
My daughter has really done well at this school. The teacher are dedicated and they never stop. They work so hard and have such faith in our girls. The partnership with the UT Health Science Center has added a new dimension to the girls experience in science and medicine. I am so glad my daughter goes to this school and I expect her to get into any college she wants not only due to her own determination, but also the help of the teachers and staff at YWLA.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2012
If you want your daughter to get a good education this is the schoo for her. If she lazy or a procastinator send her elsewhere. This a college prep school. The teachers will treat her as if she was college student. They will not be asking for homework each girl is responsible for turning it in on time. No excuses.are consideres valid. The school competes in basketball,volleyball and track. We have awesome dandce,choir and art dept. Facult and staff are here to tutor afterschool and on weekends. The high school girls also tutor. This is a requirement to graduate. Excellent school but as a parent you need to support your daughter and encourage her to succed or they will fail.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2012
I think that this school is AMAZING! All the courses are challenging but yet fun! The teachers and staff, are very helpful, and are there when ever you need them. I'm learning information that not any other middle schools learn. Only The Strong Survive Here!

- submitted by a community member
May 16, 2012
I agree the uniforms are not very stylish or very hip'' but these uniforms give the girls a purpose it makes them stand out ALOT! like in field trips there other schools with the same uniform than BAM! the YWLA girls are wearing these unique and professional looking uniforms. The first time i ever saw my daughter wearing that uniform i literally started crying because she looked all grown up its just a very heartwarming feeling that stays with you for the rest of your days.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2012
Students in 8th grade as of 2011-12: this school causes too much stress and teacher say inapproprite language (bad words) in students faces and tear up their homework if not in profection. The teachers do not teach material right, just spend 30 minutes on is and move on. From our experience we would not recommend this school for your daughters. The rules also have a big affect they split us to us certian restrooms, stairways, and have lunch on a certian time. Sorry but just please do not come to this school

- submitted by a community member
February 11, 2012
I do admit that this school is very advanced and truly prepares you for college but if you do plan to come here you can just rule out any type of any personal/self expression. The uniform rules are outrageous and overall ridiculous. On Mondays students are required to wear full dress, if a girl happens to wear the wrong socks she is given detention or iss ( in school suspension). If you forget to wear a tie you can get a demerit. No colored pony tail holders, no colorful hair accessories. You can not wear any kind of sweater or jacket in school without the school logo. Some of the teachers do not have a consistent grading scale and clearly favor students and grade students based on their feelings toward them. I have witnessed it personally. This school has the potential to be a great school but does not offer specific courses high school students would need in order to succeed. They are not evolved enough. They do not offer enough high school courses. But i do admit some of the teachers are amazing and they do reward students with movie days, carnival days, and most recently a concert. Some teachers you will be devastated to loose, some you cant wait to get rid of.

- submitted by a community member
January 25, 2012
I would have to give this school a 1 for both the high school and middle school department. This school is putting too much stress on CHILDREN. I am in the high school department and we have sixth graders planning on transferring out because of the amount of stress that is put on them. One of the older students transferred out earlier this year because the stress was making her very very sick. This is a college preparatory school, but the classes are burdensome and in some cases, too advanced. The sophomores take 2 to 3 Advance Placement courses, next year maybe 4 or 5. This is something that is unbearable for those who are not equipped for it. The life of a middle schooler at YWLA is more like the life of a college student rather than the life of a twelve year old. The school needs to have some consideration for their students and the stress that the school is inducing in their students' lives, not even including the stress from their lives outside of school. The extracurriculars are very limited and provide little to no exposure to things like ROTC and foreign languages other than Spanish. This is not a school I would recommend for your daughters at all.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2012

- submitted by a community member
September 22, 2011
My daughter has done wonderfully at this school. She is able to focus on her academics and not have to worry about the distractions that a coed campus has. She has always done well academically but she has improved to the point where she has received high commended results on her TAKS scores. You know from the beginning when you enroll that this campus is focused on academics and college preparatory skills. Our campus has received exemplary campus status every year since we have been reviewed. I think that says it all!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2011
YWLA is honestly not that special anymore. My son went to a "regular" middle school and he learned more than my daughter is learning now! As soon as she is done with here 8th grade year I am pulling her out and enrolling her in another school.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2011
This is a very great school for middle school students but the high school program is unprepared for the students who have more knowledge than they can hold. The high schoolers are getting fed up with this system and no one will satisfy their needs to learn college level classes. The high school teachers are unprepared adn do not give the right help in class we need. I recommend that if you are going to middle school and want to come here, come and don't hold yourself back. But if you are going into high school, DO NOT come here because I have a very strong feeling the district will close the high school portion down.

- submitted by a community member
January 21, 2011

- submitted by a community member
November 28, 2010
This school is not really what it claims to be the SOME teachers are really good but majority of them have no teaching skills and this is for the 9th grade they need new teachers and i have filed complaints but nothing has been done. This school is building itself up and not alot of support is provided but maybe when it gets to 12th grade it may be good but other than that the school is failing and i am afraid of the TAKS test i mean c'mon! I am glad that i am moving schools. I would actually not give this school a star I am very dissapointed on how things have changed. TERRIBLE!

- submitted by a community member
April 12, 2010
I love my school. But I feel as I am not challenged that much anymore. I love not being focused on TAKS but I still want to learn every single day, and lately I have to say that hasnt been happening. :(

- submitted by a student
no rating March 22, 2010
I am a student at the YWLA. I wounldn't recommend any other school. Of course, if the all-female enviorment is not for your daughter, then I wouldn't recommend.

- submitted by a student
January 22, 2010
My dughter has been at this school since it opened and will be in the first graduating class. I'm so very proud of her and the staff of the school. The principal and the staff are WONDERFUL! They encourage the girls and want them to soar. The long distance from our house is worth it. SAISD made a great choice with this one!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2009
The school is everything a Private Prepatory without the high tuition! The Principal and Faculty are top notch! It's exactly what SAISD needed.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2009
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YWLA provides all our young ladies with a college preparatory educational experience along with a strong foundation in leadership development and health and wellness. We believe in educating the whole child--this includes teaching them to give back to their community. Our dedicated teachers have very high expectations of themselves and our students--failure is not an option in our mission of preparing our young ladies to enter the university of their choice. Come visit us-a school of choice!

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December 20, 2013

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Young Women's Leadership Academy
2123 West Huisache Avenue, San Antonio, TX  78201
(210) 438-6525
Last modified Young Women's Leadership Academy is a Charter school that serves grades 6-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Young Women's Leadership Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top