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Young Women's Leadership School, Astoria (TYWLS)

Grades: 6-12
23-15 Newtown Avenue
Astoria NY 11102
Phone: 718-267-2839

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)



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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
47% Citywide Average

From 2021 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Young Women's Leadership School, Astoria
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Spanish,Algebra I,Earth Science

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
51% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
87% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
64% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
55% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
77% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
20% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17% Citywide Average

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.


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


Astoria (District 30)
Trains: N Line, W Line to 30th Ave
Buses: M60-SBS, Q100, Q102, Q103, Q18, Q19, Q69


Allison Persad
Parent Coordinator
Barbara Coogan

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?


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