Young Women’s Leadership Academy (Fort Worth TX). All YWLA content areas incorporate college and career readiness standards and support our college-bound mission to expose, educate and equip every student for success in college, career and life. Students learn about college and careers through college visits, enrichment programs, presentations, college and career readiness lessons, and special programming. Additionally, our students experience project-based learning, hands-on activities, and both individual and group college readiness workshops. These opportunities, with the accessibility and support of our full-time College Bound Advisor, ensure our students’ success.
YWLA’s Career and Technology (CATE) Department offers two career pathways: Bio-mechanical Engineering and Digital Media/Animation. These curricula are based on the TEKS and on standards set forth by a nationally accredited organization specializing in engineering curricula for middle and high school programming. All middle school students are required to take courses in both programs and then choose a pathway on entering high school.
About 20% of our high school students take bio-mechanic engineering, which prepares students to be innovative and productive leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through an engaging, hands-on curriculum that encourages problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and creative and innovative reasoning. Nearly 80% of students enroll in the Digital Media/Animation program, which offers foundational knowledge and skills to prepare students for high-demand jobs in technical fields. Coursework includes enhanced practical experiences in computer-generated art and text, graphic design, graphic production, electronic design and the development of specialized multimedia presentation skills. Real-world application is essential in both pathways: Engineering students host workshops at elementary schools to promote STEM while Digital Media students design marketing materials and commercials for private and campus organizations.
The YWLA offers prep courses for the PSAT, SAT and ACT exams to all sophomores and juniors, taught by a contracted third party organization who administer pretests and share student data with our instructors to provide classroom reinforcement.
All 6th grade students take Exploratory Languages, an introduction to the basic vocabulary and language patterns of Spanish, French, Latin, Italian, German, and Mandarin. Middle school Spanish students can test into an upper level language course for high school credit. All high school students take three years of language courses to meet the highest graduation standards; they may choose from Spanish I-III, Mandarin-Chinese I-IV, and AP Spanish. Students in World Language courses participate in school-wide activities to recognize Hispanic and Chinese heritage and participate in traditional experiences as well as international field trips.