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Young Women's Leadership School of Brooklyn (TYWLS)

Grades: 6-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

All-girls college prep school

The Downside

Limited sports

The Young Women’s Leadership School (TYWLS) of Brooklyn is one of New York City’s few single-gender public schools. Serving grades 6-12, the school aims to help young women become strong and caring leaders who believe in themselves. Girls from a range of personal identities and perspectives, including those from traditional religious homes and those who identify as lesbian or transgender, learn together. The school’s graduation rate outpaces the citywide average; many students tackle college level coursework in math and science by their senior year. Students go on to graduate from college at a rate three times their peers citywide.

Academics & Instruction: Teachers work to build a strong academic foundation over all seven years instead of rushing lessons before students may be ready. The school does not offer most high school-level (Regents) classes in middle school like some schools do, except for a math course in 8th grade. All students are required to take four years of math and science in high school.

Lessons may take the form of lectures, group work, or game-based activities. For example, 11th graders have used their knowledge of the U.S. Revolution to play a game about the famous battles. Students may act out roles—a king, a member of parliament, a tax collector—in Colonial America.

Students receive up to three years of Spanish language and literature classes. In the 11th and 12th grades, students have opportunities to take career preparation, Advanced Placement, and college-level classes. 

Music, dance and travel are a special focus here. Students learn to play guitar in 7th grade and take classes taught by Alvin Ailey teaching artists. They may participate in the dance ensemble and the school band. Roughly a dozen students take international trips to destinations such as Japan, China, Italy, France or London—an option not available to all because of cost. Field trips closer to home are open to everyone, for example, a trip to the New York Aquarium. Due to the small size team sports are limited.

After school programs include tutoring, homework help, test prep, STEM and more.

Culture & Environment: The school is tiny with fewer than 300 students. All girls receive academic, social and emotional support. Each one attends small group advisory classes to discuss their achievements, setbacks, values, feelings and needs.

Students are encouraged to celebrate their differences and share their backgrounds and cultures. The school has a Black and Latinx student union, a gender and sexuality alliance, a Muslim student association, and a youth restorative justice club for working out conflicts through discussion and accountability. A school psychologist offers workshops on topics such as improving family communication, social media safety and sex education.

Special Education & English as a New Language (ENL): Students learning English attend separate classes where they work on reading, writing and speaking skills. Their teacher visits them as needed in math, reading, science and other classes to provide further support. Students with Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) study in classrooms with a second teacher.

Building & Facilities & Commute: The school occupies the third and the fourth floors of a building shared with PS 147. Teachers greet the girls as they arrive and keep an eye out for their safety.

College & Career:  The school has a full-time college counselor who assists students with registering and preparing for the PSAT and SAT exams, college selection, essay writing, recommendation letters, resumes, college trips, and financial aid planning. (Lydie Raschka, interview and web reports, August 2023)










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School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
591 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
8 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report, and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science




Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

The Young Women's Leadership School of Brooklyn

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

TYWLS offers an academically rigorous college prep program to all of our students.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Calculus AB, AP Psychology, AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition

Girls PSAL teams

Outdoor Track

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

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Contact & Location


325 Bushwick Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11206

Trains: J Line, M Line to Flushing Ave; L Line to Montrose Ave

Buses: B15, B43, B46, B47, B48, B57, B60, Q54, Q59


Principal: Catherine Mitchell

Parent Coordinator: Erica Ramos


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with PS 147

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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