Award Year: 2020

Young Women's College Preparatory Academy

1906 Cleburne Street
Houston, TX, 77004-4131

(713) 942-1441

Dr. April Williams, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Magnet School

Houston Independent School District

School Website


Young Women's College Preparatory Academy aims to provide a nurturing environment for young women that encourages integrity, fosters social responsibility, and develops the self-confidence necessary to attend and graduate college and become powerful women leaders in the global community.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 50%
  • White: 2%
  • Hispanic: 44%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 2%


In 2011, the Houston Independent School District opened the Young Women's College Preparatory Academy (YWCPA) in partnership with the Young Women's Preparatory Network (YWPN). YWPN has opened eight other schools in Texas. YWPN schools are recognized as offering one of the most distinctive high school leadership programs in the nation. The YWCPA campus is located in the Third Ward neighborhood in Houston, Texas.

At Young Women's College Preparatory Academy, students are engaged in rigorous academic curriculum centering on courses at the Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) and Advanced Placement (AP) levels. The Advanced Placement Program prepares scholars for postsecondary academic success while allowing them to earn college credit before graduation. YWCPA makes use of problem-based learning and cross-curricular instructional strategies to help its students develop the critical thinking skills that will allow them to comprehend complex content and to navigate the real world outside of and after school.

In addition to its standard academic curriculum, YWCPA offers students STEM-focused instruction in the areas of engineering design, biosciences, computer science, and information technology. The campus partners with local companies to present advanced STEM learning experiences and the emerging technology concepts they need to pursue degrees in engineering, biosciences, geology, geophysics and global energy management.

YWCPA students are also actively engaged in a robust college readiness program designed to create a seamless pathway from middle school through the attainment of a college degree. YWCPA has had a 100% college acceptance rate for every graduating class.