Young Women's Leadership School

An Insideschools pick
105 EAST 106 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10029 Map
Phone: (212) 289-7593
Website: Click here
Admissions: District 4 priority
Principal: ALTHEA BRADSHAW TYSON
Neighborhood: East Harlem
District: 4
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: VIVIAN HERCULES
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Wheelchair Accessible

Buses: M1, M101, M102, M106, M116, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M3

What's special:

Near-perfect graduation and college attendance rates

The downside:

No advanced math or science classes, few electives

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The Young Women's Leadership School (TYWLS) in East Harlem is a calm and cheery place where students get a lot of support from teachers and top-notch college counseling. Opened in 1996, TYWLS is the flagship program of the Young Women’s Leadership Network, a system of all-girls public schools that aims to give students from poor neighborhoods a high quality, rigorous education. The school boasts near-perfect graduation and college attendance rates.

TYWLS occupies five floors of an office building in East Harlem. Facilities include renovated science labs, a dining hall, music room, media center, and a small common space that functions as both a gymnasium and auditorium.

Most students start in sixth grade and stay on for high school. TYWLS admits a range of students, but targets those with weak-to-average skills and does a good job helping them catch up. By the eighth grade, half the students are taking algebra, typically a ninth-grade course. By the time they graduate high school, roughly half the students have taken at least one Advanced Placement class.

A key part of TYWLS’s mission is to nurture the social and emotional development of their all-female student population. Girls we met said that attending a single-sex school helps with their confidence. Without boys around, some said, there is less drama and peer pressure, though some instances of bullying occur according to students’ responses to the 2011-12 Learning Environment Survey. On our visit girls were well-mannered and engaged in their work. They called their teachers by their first names and addressed them in calm and respectful voices. All students attend daily, small-group advisories, which helps staff address academic and social problems before they escalate.

Teachers pay keen attention to their students’ needs. When lecturing they pause frequently to pose questions. When their students are working in groups or independently, teachers are on hand to field questions and keep tabs on students' progress. Instruction in most subjects is a mix of teacher-led lessons and independent or group work. In some high school classes, teachers use a more seminar-style of instruction. For instance, in Advanced Placement English, the teacher and students push the tables aside and gather in a circle to discuss the lesson of the day.

All students study art and music, but Spanish is the only foreign language taught. Students may take Advanced Placement courses in U.S. government, U.S. history, Spanish Language, Spanish literature and English. Preparation for the SATs is built into the 11th-grade English curriculum.

The high school does not offer advanced science or math courses, but students are grouped according to skill level in these subjects starting in the 11th grade. All high school students take a technology class as well as a traditional four-year sequence of science: earth science, living environment, chemistry, and physics. Students eager to study more science are encouraged to participate in science competitions and science-themed extracurricular activities such as the engineering and robotics club.

Pre-calculus is the highest-level math class offered. However, the school plans to introduce calculus now that many eighth graders are studying algebra and are on track to take calculus in the 12th grade, according to Assistant Principal Andrew Higginbotham.  

There are few electives, but students get enrichment through clubs such as dance and model U.N., and internships at advertising and law firms as well as corporations such as IBM and The Food Network. An afterschool film class is offered at NEP Metropolis Studios, located in the same building. The Young Women’s Leadership Network also sponsors overseas trips and a summer camp. TYWLS fields a PSAL indoor track team and intramural teams in volleyball and running.

Students wear uniforms of collared shirts, a vest or sweater with the school emblem, and slacks or skirts. Sweats are mandatory attire on gym days. Sneakers are the only shoes permitted so students don’t scuff the floors or stumble in the stairwells.

Special education: There are Integrated Co Teaching (ICT) classes. English language learners get individual and small group support in their regular classes and on a pull-out basis.  

College: Most graduates attend four-year colleges, including CUNY and SUNY schools and private institutions including Ivy League schools, Barnard, Haverford, Wesleyan and Williams Colleges. The school has a full-time college counselor and an advisory program sponsored by Young Women’s Leadership College Bound Initiative program. The college office organizes trips to colleges and provides a lot of individual support to students and parents in completing college and financial aid applications.

Admissions: For middle school, priority is given to District 4 students or residents. The school will only consider middle school applications from students who attend an open house where they will be asked to complete a short writing assignment and participate in a group interview. For high school, priority is given to continuing eighth graders and then to District 4 students or residents who meet the other admission criteria. There are roughly 30 spots for incoming ninth graders from other middle schools. Strong high school candidates will have solid grades, a good record of attendance and punctuality, and earned at least a “2” on their seventh-grade English Language Arts (ELA) and math state exams. (Laura Zingmond, October 2012)  

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 464

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
7%

Black

  
30%

Hispanic

  
59%

White

  
3%

Free Lunch

  
80%

Special ed

  
11%

English Language Learners

  
3%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.18 2.80 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?

68% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

62% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

56% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

65% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

100% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

27 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

8% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

24% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

23% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

84% 53% 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% 21% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 14% 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 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

14% 6% 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:

31% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 464

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
7%

Black

  
30%

Hispanic

  
59%

White

  
3%

Free Lunch

  
80%

Special ed

  
11%

English Language Learners

  
3%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.20 2.80 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:

39% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

27% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

28 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

68% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

92% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

8% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many students graduated within 4 years?

100% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

100% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

100% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

21% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

100% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

0% 11% 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?

33%

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

0%

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

60%

Are students ready for college?

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

55% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

467
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

95% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

452
425 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 514 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

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

86% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

100% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

100% 53% 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?

100% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

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

Source: High school directory

Young Womenï¾’s Leadership School

Screened

Selection Criteria

  • English (80-100) , Math (80-100) , Science (80-100) , Social Studies (80-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 2-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2-4

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

Academics

AP COURSES: English Literature and Composition, Spanish Language and Culture, Spanish Literature and Culture, United States Government and Politics, United States History

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: After-school Tutoring, Art, Chorus, Community Improvement, Drama, Ecology, Extended Day, External Internships (for seniors), Model UN, Mount Sinai Medical Mentors, New York Academy of Medicine, Orchestra, Publishing, READ Foundation Internships, Robotics, SAT Prep, Science Research opportunities with Young Science Achievers, Social Justice, Spanish, Student Aide opportunities, Student Government, Visual Arts, Writing, Step Up Drama, Step Up Luminaries, Step Up to Professions, Guitar, Engineering

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Indoor Track

Other schools sports: Intramural Volleyball, Road Runners

Source: High school directory

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