About YWLA

YWLA studentsWe support the Young Women’s Leadership Academy (YWLA), in partnership with the Fort Worth Independent School District.

Girls in grades 6 through 12 engage in a challenging STEAM-focused curriculum that emphasizes Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Career strands include bio-mechanical engineering and integrated digital media and animation. Accelerated coursework, field-based exploration and personalized academic and college counseling support smooth transitions from middle school to high school, and beyond to college and career.

Named “Exemplary” campus by Texas Education Agency with 6 distinctions for academic performance in 2014

2014-15 STAAR Scores
7 Academic Distinctions | Ranked in Top 2% of Texas Schools

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YWLA Facts


To develop the full potential of every girl by fostering an educational environment that encourages critical thinking, inspires student confidence, and nurtures both the intellectual and social development necessary to graduate college and become successful women leaders in the global community

Unique Public-Private Partnership

  • Fort Worth Independent School District
  • Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth
  • Young Women’s Preparatory Network

Urban Environment

Downtown Fort Worth with a digital animation lab, state-of-the-art science labs, music and choral halls, art studios, contemporary classrooms, and wireless hotspots

Core Values

  • College Readiness
  • Responsible Leadership
  • Wellness Life Skills

Program Features

FWISD Gold Seal School

Rigorous courses, based on student interests and the needs of the modern workplace, include the following:

  • Real world applications to classroom lessons
  • Internships and job shadowing through the District’s business partners
  • College credit hours through dual credit
  • Licensures and certifications
  • Core instruction in math, science, English language arts and social studies
  • Advanced Placement

Public School of Choice

Girls grades 6 through 12 within the FWISD may apply for this unique learning opportunity.

Student Profile

G.E.M.S. – Girls Excelling in Math and Science

  • Committed to attending college
  • Aspires to excel in math and science
  • Desires to strengthen leadership abilities
  • Willing to participate in community service projects and endeavors
  • Effectively collaborates with peers
  • Seeks educational opportunities beyond the classroom
  • Committed to finding solutions to challenges adversely affecting young women

Curriculum Features

STEAM Focus: Science, technology, engineering, arts, math

Computer Literacy, Engineering, Choir, Band, Orchestra, Art, Exploratory Language, Technology

Project Lead the Way (PLTW): Biomedical Sciences and Engineering pathways through Biotechnical Engineering

AP Courses
Language & Composition, Art, Spanish, Human Geography, Calculus, Physics, Environmental Science, World History, US History, Government, Economics

Pre-AP Courses
Middle School: All core courses and most fine arts, electives, language
High School: English 1, 2 and 4; most fine arts, electives, language; Algebra 1; Algebra 2; Geometry; Pre-Calculus; Biology; Chemistry; World Geography

Dual Credit Courses
Government, Economics, Psychology and Sociology

Spanish, Chinese (Requirement: 3 years)

Distinguished Level of Achievement

Career Pathway Endorsement Certification
Biotechnical Engineering or Business and Industry-Animation

Digital Multi-Media/Animation

Graphic Design, Digital Interactive Media, Advanced Animation

“The Digital Media Lab is an amazing opportunity for our students to be on the cutting edge of technology. As the only high school in Texas with a motion capture studio, we allow our students to learn skills that they can take with them to college and the workplace. Students also have the unique opportunity to create work and experience the same workflow that some of the big animation studios and production companies have.”


Psychology/Sociology, Debate, Journalism, Student Leadership, College Readiness, Unpaid Practicum in STEM

For more information, visit fwisd.org/YWLA.

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