Award Year: 2021

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

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To support single-gender, college preparatory, public education for young women to receive 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: 2%
  • White: 5%
  • Hispanic: 88%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 2%
Students work supply drive for hurricane victims in the area.

Students work supply drive for hurricane victims in the area.

Since 2008, the halls of San Antonio's Young Women's Leadership Academy (YWLA) have been filled with young women driven to be change makers, excited about learning, and committed to a greater good beyond themselves. YWLA students, teachers, and families collaborate to create a sense of family for all.

Students vigorously debate ideas in Advanced Placement courses and organize community service projects that blend their poetry units or environmental awareness lessons with improving their community. Students learn early to "lead by example" and to use their voice to advocate for themselves and others. Along with our students, our families empower themselves by organizing class parent councils to work with campus leaders in establishing academic and socio-emotional structures that support students. During hybrid learning, our parent councils organized virtual trivia nights or movie nights to keep students engaged with one another and to maintain our sense of community.

Providing academic and social support systems for students is a point of pride for YWLA. We commit to ensuring our students experience both academic and personal growth, whether it's earning a qualifying score on an AP exam or learning how to overcome a fear of public speaking. YWLA's high expectations move all young women to "discover their shine."