Award Year: 2015

Young Women's Leadership Academy

2123 West Huisache Avenue
San Antonio, TX, 78201-4809

(210) 438-6525

Ms. Delia Montelongo-McLerran, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Choice School

San Antonio Independent School District

School Website


To provide all students the academic skills to achieve success in college and life by thinking critically, leading purposefully, and living healthy and responsible lives.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 4%
  • Hispanic: 90%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Seniors in science lab at YWLA

Seniors in science lab at YWLA

The Young Women's Leadership Academy is San Antonio's only all-girls public school focused on the core values of college readiness, leadership development, and health and wellness. The Academy educates sixth through twelfth grade students who are committed to a rigorous pre-Advanced and Advanced Placement curriculum in all grades. Throughout the school, students embrace science and math while integrating technology across all disciplines. Within each classroom, students refine their inquiry skills by enlisting Costa's levels of questioning and by accessing information from self-generated journals or engaging one another in provocative discussions on current events or literary analysis.

The Academy's faculty is hand-picked to maintain the highest standards of engaging instructional delivery. Teachers serve as faculty advisers to stretch students' learning in Senior Seminar, an independent research course that mirrors the defense of a thesis in graduate school. All expectations are aligned to the Academy's mission of having all of its students enrolled in a four-year university after high school graduation. In addition to preparing students academically, the quality faculty teach students to have an entrepreneurial spirit that requires them to apply their problem solving, organizational, time-management, and communication skills daily. Through many extracurricular opportunities and community service projects, students develop their leadership style and become women of character and action. With Academy graduation rates at 100% and college enrollment at 100% since its inception, the young women of the Academy exceed expectations and position themselves to continue as catalysts for positive change in our communities.