Ranked among the best schools in Texas and the United States, the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders comprises a community of girls who are committed to building their communities—and to changing the world.

The all-girls school prepares sixth- through 12th-graders to make it to and through college with a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle. In addition to providing rigorous academics, ARS encourages all students to develop real-world service projects, which challenge them to lead with courage and compassion, while solving problems creatively and ethically.

ARS welcomes students from throughout Austin—from every elementary school in the district—to join their campus community in South Austin for a world-class education and a whole lot of fun. Stars put their hearts and smarts into all they do as artists and scientists, thinkers and builders, dreamers and doers.

The school’s namesake, Gov. Ann Richards, played an instrumental role in developing the ARS vision. Her legacy looms large at the school founded to give young women from economically disadvantaged backgrounds the skills and confidence they need to succeed in college, career and life. The larger-than-life leader serves as a constant reminder to the girls that their wit and will—talents and tenacity—can and will change the world.

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Performance | Demographics

2022 STAAR Percent at Approaches Grade Level or above

2022 Accountability

As required by Senate Bill 1365 (87th Texas Legislature), academic accountability ratings for 2022 were limited to A, B, C, and Not Rated.

Accountability Rating: A

Student Achievement: A

School Progress: A

Closing the Gaps: B

2022 Distinction Designations

Postsecondary Readiness
Academic Achievement: Reading/ELA
Academic Achievement: Math
Academic Achievement: Science
Academic Achievement: Social Studies

Source: Texas Education Agency

2022-23 Student Demographics