Award Year: 2016

Margaret Talkington School for Young Women Leaders

415 North Ivory Avenue
Lubbock, TX, 79403-3411

(806) 219-2200

Ms. Berta Fogerson, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Magnet School

Lubbock Independent School District

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Our mission is to empower young women leaders through rigorous college preparatory experiences, health awareness, commitment to service and personal accountability for lifelong success.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 16%
  • White: 38%
  • Hispanic: 42%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Rejecting Average, Embracing Excellence, and Achieving Greatness at TSYWL!

Rejecting Average, Embracing Excellence, and Achieving Greatness at TSYWL!

The Margaret Talkington School for Young Women Leaders is a specialty school serving the needs of first-generation, college-bound young women in the Lubbock ISD community. The school's core values include: college preparatory academics, leadership, service, and health and wellness. Science, mathematics, engineering, and technology receive special emphasis in the Talkington college-preparatory program. Resources such as Laying the Foundation, College Board, Senior Project Center, and the National Math + Science Initiative are used to enhance the state curriculum, enabling students to experience a deeper understanding of core content. A one-to-one technology initiative is in place, and students engage in a medley of instructional strategies to strengthen college readiness skills. Through whole-class modeling and student-driven cooperative learning activities, students make multi-disciplinary connections and interact in high-level discussions. Socratic seminars and project-based learning experiences help students develop their problem-solving abilities and gain a deeper understanding about key concepts and ideas. A varied Fine Arts program supports the development of well-rounded, diverse, young women, and student success is attributed to the administrators, teachers, and community of parents who support the school's academic mission. The Lubbock ISD Superintendent, Board of Trustees, and TSYWL Advisory Board, in partnership with the Young Women's Preparatory Network, Talkington Foundation, and an array of community stakeholders, are fully invested in the school's success. Consequently, Talkington maintains a 100% graduation rate and 100% graduate acceptance to a four-year university. In 2015 and 2016, TSYWL earned ALL seven distinctions from the Texas Education Agency, ranking the school one of Texas' high performers.