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 6-11 in 2023-2024.

    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.

    Applications for the 2024-2025 school year open on Tuesday, Dec. 5th. on ApplyMidland To schedule a school tour or for more information, please reach out to our Principal: laura.doughty@midlandisd.net

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    Midland ISD robotics programs to expand to all grades

    Midland ISD is proud to announce a significant expansion of its robotics programs, which will soon encompass all grades and schools within the district.

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    Fine Arts Director receives state honor

    MISD Fine Arts Director Deb Shaw was recently named Administrator of the Year at Texas Thespians State Festival! Ms. Shaw has overseen the growth and success of fine arts departments across the district in her 18+ years leading the department. Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition!

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    All MISD students can now access digital device

    MISD's 1:1 technology initiative initially allowed all students to access digital devices such as an IPad or Chromebook during the school day. Now the program has expanded to allow every student have a device of their own.

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    Bus Route Coordinator receives statewide honor

    Midland ISD is proud to announce that Transportation Routing Coordinator Elisa Felix has been honored as the Operations Specialist of the Year by the Texas Association for Pupil Transportation (TAPT).

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  • Enrollment is now open

    Now is the time to enroll for the next school year! Visit midlandisd.net/enroll to get started! Enrollment is required for all new and returning students (including those returning to the same campus). You’ll find links and step-by-step instructions for Skyward as well as Apply Midland, where you can apply for Pre-K, schools of choice, and learn about all of our campuses.

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  • February Board Meeting Highlights

    Midland ISD recognized state qualifiers at the February Board meeting, including those from MHS Band and LHS Theatre. Click the link for other highlights from Feburary's meeting.

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    January Board Meeting Highlights

    MIdland ISD welcomed two new academic administrators at the January meeting. Trustees also approved the 2023-24 Academic Calendar. Click the headline for more.

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  • School Board Recognition Month

    January is School Board Recognition Month in Texas. Midland ISD is taking the opportunity to celebrate our school board and all that they do to help make the lives of our students, staff, and community better! Thank you for your service to our district! 

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  • MISD Announces New Superintendent

    Dr. Stephanie D. Howard has been named the next Superintendent of Midland ISD. Her first day is January 3, 2023.

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  • November School Board Meeting

    November's meeting was the first for our new Board of Trustees, which included our election of new officers. Other highlights academic, planning, and financial updates.

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  • United Way of Midland Campaign

    MISD is giving back! To participate in this year's United Way of Midland Campaign, Click the link below. Thank you for your support!

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  • Principal Profile: Laura Doughty

    YWLA Principal Laura Doughty admits that she always “kinda knew” she wanted to pursue a career in education, but it wasn’t until after college that she found her calling.

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  • October School Board Meeting

    The Legacy High School Choir kicked off October's Board of Trustees meeting with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. Click the link before for more highlights from the meeting.

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  • MISD welcomes 2nd Class of Aspiring Principals Academy

    The academy hosts eight professional development sessions that are filled with problem-solving lessons. The academy isn't run by third-party consultants. The LLI team is leading the way by passing on their expertise as leaders to this class.

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  • MISD raises pay for substitute teachers

    Midland ISD has increased the daily rate of pay for substitute teachers. The raise comes as part of the recent update to the district's Compensation Manual, which was approved by the Board of Trustees at September's meeting.

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  • September Board Meeting Highlights

    MISD has named Kellie Spencer as Acting Superintendent! Learn more about her, and other highlights from our September Board Meeting by clicking here.

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  • Latest data shows academic improvement district wide

    Midland ISD has earned a "B" grade from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in the first complete ratings released since 2019. MISD's overall score of 80 is an improvement from the "C" grade of 75 last awarded and a milestone for the district.

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  • Convocation 2022

    Midland ISD's Convocation 2022 was a smashing success! 2,700 staff members gathered to celebrate our achievements, set goals for the future, and bond as a team. #WeAreMISD!

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  • July Board Meeting Highlights

    Did you miss July's School Board meeting? Click the link for an overview of some of the highlights, including a look at MISD's Strategic Plan.

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  • MISD hires Emergency Management Coordinator

    This new position will oversee all administrative aspects of student and campus safety, including crisis situations, natural disasters or any other emergencies that may arise.

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  • STAAR results show student progress

    Preliminary results from Spring 2022 STAAR testing show positive growth for Midland ISD students. Testing was administered in grades 3-8 in the areas of reading, math, social studies and science.

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  • Teachers of the Year

    Congratulations to YWLA's Amanda Byars (left) and Henderson's Jane Bledsoe (right) for being named secondary and elementary teachers of the year, respectively.

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  • Midland ISD Closer to Cleaner Air on Campuses

    Midland ISD is upgrading its heating, cooling and air purification systems. The district plans to begin replacing HVAC systems before the start of the next school year, thanks in large part to a federal grant.

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  • MISD to install LED lighting district-wide

    The Midland ISD Board of Trustees has given the green light to new, cost-saving LED lighting throughout the district. The project will include retrofitting all existing fluorescent and incandescent lighting both inside and outside.

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  • MISD Accepted Into Teacher Incentive Allotment Program

    Midland ISD has received initial approval to participate in the state's Teacher Incentive Allotment program, which will give teachers the opportunity to earn extra, performance-based pay if they meet certain academic goals.

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