Young Women's Leadership School, Astoria

23-15 NEWTOWN AVENUE
QUEENS NY 11102 Map
Phone: (718) 267-2839
Website: Click here
Admissions: Application
Principal: Allison Persad
Neighborhood: Astoria
District: 30
Grade range: 6-12
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: M60-SBS, Q102, Q18, Q19, Q69

What's special:

All-girls school with strong leadership

The downside:

Gym and auditorium across the street from school building

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The Young Women's Leadership School in Astoria is a safe school where a diverse group of girls come together to develop the academic skills, assertiveness and confidence necessary for college. The school boasts excellent attendance rates and students do well in all subject areas even though teachers may have less experience than at other schools.

The girls wear neat navy uniforms and a sweater with the school crest. Some young women wear head scarves, while others sport bouncy ponytails. Students represent many countries, including Tibet, Morocco, Russia, Afghanistan, and a number of Latin American nations. Many TYWLS students will become the first in their families to attend college. (The first graduating class will be in 2013.)

TYWLS-Astoria was modeled on the original TYWLS in East Harlem, where Principal Laura Mitchell worked as assistant principal for two years. The Astoria location is the most ethnically diverse of the TYWLS schools, all of which are sponsored by the Young Women's Leadership Foundation, a New York City-based not-for-profit that helps establish single-sex schools. [Mitchell left the school in 2014 to  take the job of district superintendant of schools in Garrison, New York. Principal Lisa Lauritzen worked as a coach for teachers for the Department of Education for several years and has experience as an assistant principal at Science Skills Center High School in Brooklyn Heights.]

The school requires students to perform 50 hours of community service and pays a lot of attention to building community. Students are supported in small advisory groups focused on female adolescent development and positive self-image. Teachers assign projects that give girls an opportunity to work together.

Most teachers report that they feel respected and supported by the principal, who promotes open communication, according to the Learning Environment Survey. On the same survey, almost all students say teachers give them extra help when they need it and inspire them to learn. Parents feel welcome and report that the school has high expectations for their children.

The school is housed in a former Catholic school with wood floors, and cubbies and hooks for coats. Classrooms are spacious. An old-fashioned combination gym and auditorium (called a "gymatorium") is located across the street.

Sports include archery, basketball, rugby, soccer and track and field. The school is partnered with PowerPlay, an all-female sports organization with all-female coaches.

Special education: On the Learning Environment Survey most teachers and students report that students with disabilities are included in all school activities.

After school: The Young Women's Leadership Foundation helps support many activities, including Girl Scouts, dance, digital photography and other arts. Nearly all girls participate.

Admissions: The school gives priority to District 30 residents. Students and parents are asked to write short essays and must attend the school's open house. Mitchell says the school is looking for "buy in" from the families and seeks students "who are willing to wear a uniform, are interested in early college awareness, who will work hard and be here every day." (Pamela Wheaton, April 2007; Lydie Raschka, DOE statistics, November 2012; principal update December 2014)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 561

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
34%

Black

  
6%

Hispanic

  
43%

White

  
16%

Free Lunch

  
85%

Special ed

  
11%

English Language Learners

  
3%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.96 2.59 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

77% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?

87% 81% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

7% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say students at their school respect one another?

87% 61% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

94% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

27% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

100% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

24 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

6% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

41% 26% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

44% hi 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam

61% 49% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

0% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

0% 16% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

98% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

NA 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

11% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

5% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

14% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 561

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
34%

Black

  
6%

Hispanic

  
43%

White

  
16%

Free Lunch

  
85%

Special ed

  
11%

English Language Learners

  
3%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.76 2.38 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Middle school students reading at grade level:

28% 28% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

35% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

23 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

77% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

27% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?

97% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

94% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

14% 36% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

96% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

24% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

98% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

0% 10% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

College prep

Does this school offer a college preparatory curriculum?

How many students took an AP or IB class and scored at least a "3" on the AP exam or a "4" on the IB exam?

0%

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

51%

How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?

30%

Are students ready for college?

How many students graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

68% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

464
423 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

93% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

483
431 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 511 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

81% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

100% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

97% 97% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

55% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Eligibility: Open only to female students
  2. Priority to continuing 8th graders
  3. Then to Queens students or residents
  4. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

The Young Women's Leadership School, Astoria

Screened

Selection Criteria

  • English (Scores 80-100) , Math (Scores 80-100) , Science (Scores 80-100) , Social Studies (Scores 80-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 2.0-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2.0-4.5

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Academics

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: After-School Tutoring, Peer Tutoring, College Discovery Day, Cool Women Hot Jobs, Step Up, International Travel, Intensives, College Visits, Student Government, Technology: Girls Who Code, Tech Crew, Tech Ambassadors, Robotics, 3-D Printing, Globaloria, A-Synchronization Learning Pilot; Chorus, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Eco-Friendly Fashion Show, Guitar, Screen Printing, Talent Show, Piano, Violin, Dance My Culture, Art, Film Making; TYWLS Explorers, Multicultural, Yoga, Girls Inc., Muslim Student Association, Gay Straight Alliance, Fitness Challenge Community; Gardening, Girls Inc., She‰Ûªs the First, TYWLS Volunteers, Hydroponic Gardening, Open House, Breast Cancer Walk

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Outdoor Track

Other schools sports: Basketball, RowNYC, Track and Field, Volleyball, and Badminton.

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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