DALLAS, Aug. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Young Women's Preparatory Network (YWPN), the largest network of all-girls, public schools in the nation, and Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) opened its eighth school, Young Women's Leadership Academy (YWLA) on the first day of school. The doors opened yesterday when 234 6th and 7th grade girls arrived at the first all girls' public preparatory school in El Paso. YWLA will add a grade every year until the school has students through 12th grade.
YWLA joins seven other schools as a part of the Young Women's Preparatory Network whose mission is to support single-gender, college-preparatory, public education in Texas and beyond, giving young women the academic and leadership skills to achieve success in college and in life. With a focus on STEM, YWPN's other schools are located in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Houston, Lubbock and San Antonio and have incredible results: 100% of the students graduate high school, and 100% are accepted to college. About 68% of the network are economically disadvantaged, and 68% are first-generation college students.
YWPN CEO Lynn McBee said, "Our Network is excited to partner with YISD to expand our footprint into West Texas by opening this school patterned after our other successful schools. What was once unheard of when we opened the first all-girls school in Dallas and the first in Texas in 2004 is starting to take root because our public/private model is transforming public education."
As the private entity of the public/private partnership, YWPN donated $1 million to fund the school. These funds will be used for enhancements such as a full-time college bound advisor, extended learning programs to reinforce STEM, summer programs, test preparation, college visits and leadership opportunities.
"The Ysleta Independent School District is proud to partner with the Young Women's Preparatory Network to enhance, expand and enrich the educational experiences of young women in El Paso," said Ysleta ISD Superintendent Xavier De La Torre, Ed.D. "With YWPN's proven model of success and college preparedness, along with a rigorous curriculum and extensive leadership training, our YWLA students will have the opportunity to not only pursue higher education, but be competitive in the 21st century global workforce."
According to YWLA Principal Malinda Villalobos, the middle school teaching pathway is engineering, and the high school's are engineering, biomedical and computer science.
In 2015-2016, YWPN's 291 graduates received offers of more than $41.9 million in academic and merit scholarships and have matriculated to 115 different colleges and universities. More information can be found at http://youngwomensprep.org.
SOURCE Young Women’s Preparatory Network