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.
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
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.
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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