Award Year: 2016

Young Women's Leadership Academy

401 East 8th Street
Fort Worth, TX, 76102-5504

(817) 815-2400

Mrs. Mia Hall, Principal at time of Nomination

Ms. Niesha Jones, Current Principal

Title I School, Choice School

Fort Worth Independent School District

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To develop the full potential of every girl by providing an environment that encourages critical thinking, inspires self-confidence and nurtures both intellectual and emotional development.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 30%
  • White: 8%
  • Hispanic: 58%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
We are extraordinary not because we say  it, but because we work hard at it!

We are extraordinary not because we say it, but because we work hard at it!

The Young Women's Leadership Academy (YWLA) is the Fort Worth Independent School District's (FWISD) first single-gender campus and one of eight all-girls public schools in the state of Texas. YWLA is a private-public partnership between FWISD and the Young Women's Preparatory Network (YWPN). The Academy serves 400 students with 60% being economically disadvantaged. Majority of our students will be the first in their families to attend college.

YWLA provides a rigorous program that supports our students academically, as well as prepares them physically, socially and emotionally for success in college, career and life. The Academy is committed to three core values: 1) college preparation, 2) leadership development and 3) health and wellness. Our confidence in the impending success of our GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science) is attributed to our beliefs in the deliberate, intentional and robust experiences provided by the Academy. YWLA cultivates a college bound culture through college visits, strengthens our GEMS' interpersonal skills through collaborative projects and team-building, and assists our GEMS with discovering their strengths and interests through multidisciplinary summer enrichment camps, mentorship and job shadowing opportunities.

"We are extraordinary not because we say it, but because we work hard at it," embodies the spirit of the Academy. The faculty in collaboration with parents, students and stakeholders work tirelessly to ensure that every GEM is prepared for the challenges and obstacles she will face in pursuit of her dreams. A concerted commitment to high expectations and academic excellence are the driving forces behind the YWLA.