TYWLS empower young women to achieve their higher education dreams and to fulfill their learning and leadership potential.
Alumnae from The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem achieve four-year college degrees at more than triple the rate of their peers.
The Young Women’s Leadership Schools are privately supported 6th – 12th grade public secondary schools that promote high-quality student learning opportunities in and out of school. Our schools provide a single-sex educational choice for predominantly low-income students who will be the first in their families to attend college. Students are admitted based upon their interest and commitment to a obtaining a single-sex and college preparatory education. TYWLS are open to girls of all academic abilities.
Girls’ education research guides the TYWLS model, and our schools combine the best practices of all-girls education with effective strategies that address the array of challenges faced by at-risk students. The result is an academically rigorous program fused with strong social-emotional support that forms the basis of TYWLS’ “whole girl” approach to education.
In 1996, YWLN opened the United States’ first public all-girls school in 30 years, The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem. The success of our flagship school has inspired the opening of dozens of single-sex schools nationwide, including several affiliates.