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Student success, college readiness place YWLA on AP School Honor Roll

Ysleta ISD’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy (YWLA) has been named to the 2023 Advanced Placement (AP) School Honor Roll, earning a “platinum” distinction for its commitment to promoting a college-going culture, college readiness, and offering opportunities for students to earn college credit.

Schools are named to the AP School Honor Roll because they deliver results for students while broadening access, College Board officials said. The criteria for being named a platinum school are:

  • Expand your school's college culture by enabling 80 percent of your Class of 2024 to experience one AP course before graduating.
  • Assist with college affordability by enabling 50 percent of your Class of 2024 to earn college credit by earning an AP Exam score of 3.
  • Optimize students’ college readiness by creating opportunities for 15 percent of your Class of 2024 to take a total of five AP courses across their high school years, with at least one taken in grades 9 or 10.

YWLA students far exceeded these criteria – 100 percent of this year’s seniors took at least one AP exam in high school; 81 percent of seniors scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam; and 100 percent of seniors took five or more AP exams.

“AP represents an opportunity for students to stand out to colleges, earn college credit and placement, and potentially boost their grade point averages,” said Trevor Packer, head of the AP program.  “The schools have shown that they can expand access to these college-level courses and still drive high performance – they represent the best of our AP program.”

YWLA opened in 2016 as the city’s first public college preparatory school for girls in grades 6-12. Its first graduating class in 2022 achieved 100 percent college acceptance; the Class of 2023 also achieved 100 percent college acceptance and earned more than $6 million in merit-based scholarships, including the prestigious Gates and Questbridge scholarships.

 YWLA’s curriculum has a foundation in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) with a focus on the core values of Responsible Leadership, College and Career Readiness, and Wellness Life Skills.

College Board’s AP program enables students to pursue college-level studies – with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both – while still in high school. Through AP courses in 38 subjects, each culminating in a challenging exam, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue.