Young Women’s Preparatory Network Schools Make the Grade on Two Top High School Lists

(Dallas, Texas, April 20, 2016) – Young Women’s Preparatory Network, a nonprofit agency that operates the largest network of all-girls, public, college preparatory schools in the nation, announces high marks for its member schools from top high school lists compiled by The Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report.

YWPN partners with public school districts to provide the private enhancements including:
¥ A full-time College Bound Advisor on every campus.
¥ Extended learning programs to reinforce STEM.
¥ Summer programs
¥ Test preparation for SAT and ACT on campus.
¥ Leadership programming and opportunities.

The success rate is impressive: 100% of the students graduate from high school, and100% are accepted to college.

The Washington Post’s Most Challenging High Schools has named five Young Women’s Preparatory Network schools to its list:

#20 Young Women’s Leadership Academy (San Antonio)

#22 Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School (Dallas)

#53 Talkington School for Young Women Leaders (Lubbock)

#67 Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders (Austin)

#151 Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy (Houston)


U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best High School Rankings also issued the top schools in the nation, and two of the Young Women’s Preparatory Network schools made the cut:

San Antonio’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy is #93 nationally, #18 in the state;

Dallas ISD’s Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School is #97 nationally, #19 in the state; Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders is #125 nationally, #23 in the state.

Lynn McBee, Young Women’s Preparatory Network CEO, said, “I am proud of the work that the teachers, principals and faculty are doing to educate our young women, many of whom are economically disadvantaged and minority (68% of the network students are from economically disadvantaged households). What makes me even more proud is the 100% graduation rate and 100% college acceptance rate, especially for many who will be the first to attend college in their families.”

Founded in 2002, the Young Women’s Preparatory Network provides funding and other resources to seven schools in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Houston, Lubbock and San Antonio. Each YWPN school features a STEM-focused curriculum and is largely attended by disadvantaged students who are second-generation immigrants. The core values are leadership development, college readiness and wellness life skills. Sixty-eight percent of all students come from economically disadvantaged homes, and 68 percent of the Class of 2015 are first generation college students.  Additionally, each school serves as a laboratory example of an innovative public-private education model that results in high student achievement. In 2014-2015, the network’s 247 graduates received offers of more than $29 million in academic and merit scholarships and have matriculated to 87 different colleges and universities. More information can be found at