Young Women's Leadership School of Brooklyn (TYWLS)

Grades 6-12
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What’s Special

An ambitious yet supportive program for girls

The Downside

Rules and regulations will not appeal to some students

Our Review

The Young Women's Leadership School (TWYLS) of Brooklyn offers a demanding college prep curriculum in a traditional setting where rules are strictly enforced. This all-girls school, opened in 2008, will add a class each year until it serves grades 6-12.

Classes are quiet and orderly and the girls seem relaxed and friendly. Girls must wear uniforms and cellphones are forbidden. Founding Principal Talana Bradley says she has no tolerance for misbehavior and we saw no discipline problems during our two-hour visit. "We don't have time to argue about things that are not going to change," she says. If the discipline and single-sex education "don't appeal to you," she adds, TYWLS "is not for you."

One of five Young Women's Leadership schools in the city, the Brooklyn school aims to encourage girls from low-income families to explore and excel. All 7th and 8th graders study Latin, and students may choose to continue it in high school. Eighth graders may take two Regents level courses, algebra and living environment. For now, arts are offered largely in after school programs, although Bradley hopes that will change as the school grows.

Students told us they appreciate the school's approach. "I used to play and not do my homework," one 9th grader said, but that changed after she came to TYWLS. Many said they enjoyed the mix of students and the teachers and, to some extent, the absence of boys. Teachers seem to be supportive.

Beyond academics, TYWLS stresses the overall development of girls. Some wear T-shirts emblazoned "Girls Rule." In 2011, the school marked the United Nations' International Year of the Girl with guest speakers and events. "We want them to dream big" and to leave the school "as advocates for themselves," Bradley said.

Test prep is important, as a recent YouTube video illustrates. Report cards describe students strengths and weaknesses as well as their grades. At so-called leadership conferences, students meet with their parent and an adviser to review their progress toward meeting various goals they have set for themselves.

The expectation is that all students will attend college. Ninth graders visit campuses and, starting with 11th grade, students have a full-time college counselor. On the day of our visit, he met with 10th graders, telling them what they could expect and how they might behave at an upcoming college fair. "You dont want to seem rude or ghetto," one girl said. The job, says Bradley, is not just to get the students into college but to find a good match. The school graduates its first class in 2015.

TYWLS was housed in William Gaynor Junior High School building on the edge of Williamsburg at the time of our visit, but the Department of Education announced plans to move it to PS 147 in 2013.

Special ed: TYWLS has team teaching classes and support for students with disabilities but no self-contained classes.

Admissions: Screened for all grades. The school seeks students and families who understand the school's approach and want to be there. (Gail Robinson, November 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
394
Asian
3.1%
Black
53.8%
Hispanic
35.3%
White
4.8%
Other
3.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
76%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
5%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with PS 147
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
60%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
90%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
31%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
56%
74% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
17%
22% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
87%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
55%
48% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
0.8
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
59%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
56%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
64%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
70%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
99%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
72%
83% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14%
30% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
29%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 6 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Theater, Visual arts, an Auditorium, and a Film Studio
This school has 2 licensed arts teachers in Theater and Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
52%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
51%
52% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
61%
68% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
0%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
86%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Young Women's Leadership School of Brooklyn
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
100%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
0%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
30%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
19%
48% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
7% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for self-contained students
2.13
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.22
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
61%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
92%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
95%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
87%
87% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
100%
67% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

The Young Women’s Leadership School of Brooklyn
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Computer Science, AP English, AP Psychology

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Indoor Track, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Fencing, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

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