Young Women's Leadership School, Astoria (TYWLS)

Grades 6-12

Location

23-15 Newtown Avenue
Astoria NY 11102
Astoria (District 30)
Trains: N, W to 30 Ave-Grand Ave
Buses: Q100, Q102, Q18, Q19, Q69

Contact

Phone
718-267-2839
Principal
Allison Persad

What’s Special

All-girls school with strong leadership

The Downside

Gym and auditorium across the street from school building

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)

About the students

Enrollment
558
Asian
35.7%
Black
5.4%
Hispanic
42.5%
White
16.0%
Other
0.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
85%
Students with disabilities
12%
English language learners
4%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
104%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
95%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
14%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
72%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
24%
45% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
94%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
77%
49% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
0.9
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
19%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
43%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
19%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
78%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
81%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
62%
84% 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?
57%
29% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
73%
38% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, and Visual arts
This school has 3 licensed arts teacher in Music, Theater, and Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
78%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
61%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
81%
69% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
47%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
97%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Young Women's Leadership School, Astoria
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
96%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
24%
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?
63%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
67%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
96%
71% 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 English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
29%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
66%
43% 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 ICT students
2.4
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.14
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.26
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.33
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.13
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.41
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
66%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
95%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
95%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
96%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
80%
67% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

The Young Women's Leadership School, Astoria
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Japanese, Spanish

Sports

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

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