Young Women's Leadership School, Astoria (TYWLS)

Grades: 6-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

All-girls school with strong college support

The Downside

Friction between teachers and the administration

The Young Women's Leadership School in Astoria is a safe school where an ethnically diverse group of girls come together to develop the academic skills and confidence necessary for college. The school boasts excellent attendance rates and students do well in all subject areas. Most graduate on time, ready to do college-level work.

The girls wear neat navy uniforms and a sweater with the school crest. Students speak more than 60 home languages, and their families come from Tibet, Morocco, Russia, Afghanistan, and a number of Latin American nations. Many students are the first in their families to attend college.

Modeled on the original school of the same name in East Harlem, The Young Women’s Leadership School (TYWLS) in Astoria is one of five all-female schools in TYWLS network. 

The school requires students to perform 50 hours of community service.  Small advisory groups focused on female adolescent development and positive self-image. Teachers assign projects that give girls an opportunity to work together. 

Principal Allison Persad took the helm in 2015. The child of immigrants, she grew up in Queens Village attending Hillcrest High School, and later Queens College and St. John’s University for her doctorate. She worked as an English teacher for 10 years before moving into administration according to an interview in DNAinfo. Under her leadership the school has added a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) lab, where the girls study coding and how to create computer applications.

School surveys show there is friction between Persad and her teachers, however. Fewer than one-fifth of the teachers report she is an effective manager who makes the school run smoothly. Trust between teachers and the administration is also poor.

Fortunately, the school is well above average in almost every other area, from academic achievement to safety, order and discipline. Parents report they feel welcome. The Quality Review states the school sets high expectations for students. The school has a full-time college counselor and children begin thinking about and visiting colleges as early as 6th grade.

The school is housed in a former Roman 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.

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

ADMISSIONS: Priority to Queens residents or students. The school considers grades, attendance and test scores, and requires a group interview and writing exercise on-site. About two-thirds of the 8th graders continue on to the high school. (Lydie Raschka, DOE data and web reports, September 2018)



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?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
611 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 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, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 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



Computer Science




Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 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 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

The Young Women's Leadership School, Astoria

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

Our school includes advisory, rigorous STEM, AP offerings, humanities, and arts (drama, theater, technology, digital media, film, robotics, and computer programming). We also provide afterschool enrichment including sports, tutoring, and dance. The College Bound Initiative (CBI) provides a full-time CBI college counselor who guides each student through the college application process through visits and trips.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus AB, AP Psychology, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP World History: Modern, AP Human Geography, AP Environmental Science, AP English Literature and Composition

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


23-15 Newtown Avenue
Astoria NY 11102

Trains: N Line, W Line to 30th Ave

Buses: M60-SBS, Q100, Q102, Q103, Q18, Q19, Q69


Principal: Allison Persad

Parent Coordinator: Barbara Coogan


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No


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