Who We Are

In 1996, Ann and Andrew Tisch partnered with the New York City Board of Education to open The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem – the first public all-girls school to open in the United States in 30 years.  Their vision was to provide economically disadvantaged girls with a high-quality college preparatory education modeled upon the finest private schools. 

We now have a network of five high-performing TYWLS public schools in New York City, serving more than 2,200 students. The success of our girls’ schools has inspired the opening of dozens of single-sex schools nationwide, including affiliates in Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, and Texas. Our schools continue to be a model for single-gender public schools across the country. In 1998, Young Women's Leadership Network, a not-for-profit organization, was created to make our programming available to more students.  YWLN supports two programs that provide college readiness and college access to low-income public school students: The Young Women's Leadership Schools and CollegeBound Initiative


"When I heard your stories, I saw my life in your lives… Girls, you have proven that this is what public education can be."
"The Young Women’s Leadership School is one of the premiere public schools in the nation. We could use more schools such as this... There should not be any obstacle to providing single-sex choice within the public school system."
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