Young Women's Leadership Academy

All students will graduate prepared and ready for college or career.

  • Young Women's Leadership Academy

    The Young Women’s Leadership Academy (YWLA) is a Midland ISD school of choice focusing on college preparatory academics, leadership development through community service, and health and wellness. YWLA opened in the fall of 2019 and served grades 6 and 7 in year one and will eventually expand to a 6th-12th grade campus. We will serve grades 6-10  in 2022-2023.

    YWLA is a partnership between Midland ISD and the Dallas-based Young Women’s Preparatory Network. This unique partnership will allow students to engage in a rigorous academic program and participate in field trips with a college-bound emphasis, enrichment classes, and extended-year summer learning projects that enhance the college preparatory curriculum. Science, mathematics, engineering and technology (STEM) receive special emphasis in this program. YWLA offers Pre-Advanced Placement courses to students beginning in sixth grade in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Advanced Placement (AP) classes will eventually make up a primary part of the curriculum at the high school level.

    All YWLA students have classroom access to Chromebook computers while teachers integrate state-of-the-art technology tools into their instruction. Engaging elective and physical education courses and special interest clubs will complete the curriculum. YWLA students have the opportunity to experience a challenging college-preparatory curriculum in a truly unique, single-gender learning environment.

    The qualifications for students seeking admission to YWLA:

    • Desire to attend a four-year college or university
    • Minimum semester average of 80 in math and in reading
    • Met standard on Reading and Math STAAR
    • School attendance that supports success
    • Participate in an interview
    • Completes an essay


  • YWLA Women's History Month

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  • We are thrilled to announce our YWLA Midland Advisory Council. 

    John Trischitti - Literacy Coalition of the Permian Basin

    Courtney Wardlaw - XTO

    Lauren Party - Communities in School Permian Basin
    Cristina Odenborg - City of Midland
    Emily Holeva - Frost Bank
    Iris Hall - Southeast Senior Center
    Berta Fogerson - YWPN
    Jennifer Long - YWPN

    The YWLA Midland Advisory Council serves a three-year term with the option to serve a second consecutive term based on interest and performance.  Attends at least 4 of the 6 scheduled Council meetings each year. Allows the organization to publicize their name and participation on the Advisory Council on letterhead and other communications. Leverages networks to make introductions and provide access to community leaders.  Represents the YWLA  at events and in the community. Demonstrates a commitment to helping YWLA students gain the confidence and skills necessary to pursue college education and careers.  The Advisory Council has no governing function in regards to YWLA nor YWPN.    

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    We secure funds and partnerships for school enrichment programming to make possible the YWLA’s focus on leadership, college readiness, project-based learning and STEM curriculum.