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1 Launching a Girls’ Public School: Leaders’ Perspective Paula Harris, Trustee member, Board of Education Delesa O’Dell Thomas, Principal Jyoti Malhan, Dean of Instruction Houston ISD

2 Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy Established Fall 2011

3 Leaders’ Perspective The First All Girls Public School in a large Urban School District Our Biggest Challenge “COMMUNITY AND STAKEHOLDER BUY IN”

4 Single Gender Schools A very new model for our parents
A very new model for our students Different from a large comprehensive high school A magnet program- selective admission process

5 HISD's Single-Sex Schools: Not Quite a Hot Ticket. (Jan
HISD's Single-Sex Schools: Not Quite a Hot Ticket . (Jan. 27, 2011) Houston Chronicle The Houston school board announced with great fanfare two months ago the opening of separate schools for girls and... Forty girls and 23 boys have applied for the schools, which have slots for 200 girls and 250 boys, HISD spokesman Jason Spencer tells Hair Balls. …

6 Our Outreach to our community
Create a brochure with our girls who applied (took pictures at Rice Univ. campus) Sought our parents as our spokespersons Sought our new teachers to recruit at their campuses Created a genderschools eblast for all parents who applied

7 Contd… Sought our students to recruit at their campuses
Constant communication and aggressive follow up with anyone who applied or contacted us Buy in from applicants and parents was our strongest ally Word of mouth more powerful than anything else

8 May 7 – Our first parent information session !
We were blown away !! Have not looked back since !!! At our parent session we talked about our Our new campus (location, security) Our curriculum (Pre AP /AP) Our teachers (Highly qualified and experienced) Our innovative camps (STEM, Writers in Schools) Our afterschool activities and electives

9 Preliminary responses from our stakeholders
I did not want to come to this school in August but I do not want to leave now- 9th grade student I forced her to come but she loves it now- 6th grade parent My friend wants to know what else can she do to get her daughter here. She has perfect scores on the state test- YWCPA parent Was that change of class, so quiet- future parent touring campus

10 Benefits of Attending YWCPA
Single gender / no distraction from boys Uniforms Magnet (separate and unique) Nurturing learning environment Each girl receives a I-Mac during school year Spring Board Curriculum Acceleration/College Preparation Private school concept in a public school Sisterhood

The HISD Advanced Placement magnet school Rigorous college preparatory curriculum with all Core coursework Pre AP/AP Highly qualified experienced teachers with master’s and doctoral degrees Personal MacBook laptops for every girl College tours starting in 6th grade Free mandatory STEM based summer camps for all girls starting in 6th grade Partnership with IPAA for creating a Petroleum Academy at YWCPA Two years of high school foreign language credit in Middle school Algebra for all by 8th grade (15% of our girls take Algebra in 7th) Dual credit classes in 11th and 12th grade

12 Enrichment & the Arts After School Programs Strings
Volleyball/basketball/lacrosse/soccer clubs Photography Theater Step Team Dance Clown Art Science Club History Club Cheerleading Mentoring

13 Rigor and Innovation drives our curriculum
A group of 7th graders in Pre AP Algebra I ( a 9TH grade course) All 6th graders are taking 7th grade math Mac book computers for every girl Innovative and unique summer program opportunities on and off campus ( WITS, 3D Prototyping camp taught by Rice Univ., DUKE TIP Kaplan class, underwater robotics)   Partnership with IPAA (sponsorships, internships, engineering courses) UH partnership ( Students from College of Engineering teach twice a week)

14 Rigor and Innovation drives our curriculum, contd…..
Electives and after school programs include robotics, orchestra, lacrosse, theater arts, choir, leadership and team building History fair state level wins   NASA partnerships Visit from Ms America Research /Dissertation class for middle school 61 out of 119 students in 7th grade invited to test for Duke Tip scholar program

15 Thanks to a national study conducted by UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Studies(2010), we have well-documented evidence that all-girls school graduates entering their first year of college consistently assess their abilities, self-confidence, engagements and ambition as stronger across the academic disciplines than do their peers from coed schools. Read more: Upon entering college, more girls-school graduates rate their confidence in math and computer science skills higher, compared to their peers from coed schools. More girls-school graduates consider their academic performance highly successful, compared with women from coed schools. Girls-school graduates spend more time studying, doing homework, talking with teachers, tutoring peers and studying with others, compared with graduates of coed schools. Girls-school graduates are three times more likely to consider pursuing a career in engineering than peers from coed schools. These results aren't just for a select group of students who happen to be of a certain socioeconomic status. At this school, 30 percent of our students receive needs-based financial aid awards and scholarships; 31 percent are people of color; more than 15 languages are spoken in the homes of the Class of 2010; and they draw students from 70 Zip codes and 41 school districts. These girls aren't successful because of their household income. They're successful because they work hard and are given the opportunity to learn in an environment that is conducive to their particular learning style -- because boys and girls do learn differently. An essential component of parenting is knowing our children well and being thoughtful about their educational opportunities, whether single-gender or coed.

16 Current Research & News
A Right to Choose Single-Sex Education U.S. senators Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., write this opinion article in support of offering the option of single-gender instruction, saying studies show it can improve student performance -- particularly in math and science International Day of the Girl: Why Science & Math Programs Matter Reaching young women by the time they enter college is not soon enough. …to increase female representation in STEM majors it is essential to engage girls in related activities at K-12 levels. A few organizations have recognized this gap and created programs to address it. Microsoft's DigiGirlz Hi-Tech Camp, Black Girls Code and the NSF-funded National Girls Collaborative Project support STEM programs for underserved communities.

17 Year 1: We are proud of our Girls’ Exemplary Performance !!!
One of the 5 schools out of 45 at the middle school level to meet AYP based on first year’s state test scores. ( though we did not count for the same as we were in our first year). Year 1: We are proud of our Girls’ Exemplary Performance !!!


19 STAAR EOC 2012 Biology Data

20 Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy 2012 EOC Summary STAAR End of Course (9th grade)
Subject Spring Percentages Summer Percentages Geometry 94 100 Biology 99 World Geography 95 ELA – Reading 88 ELA – Writing 61 86 Algebra 1 92 93

21 Our Campus 1906 Cleburne, Houston TX, 77004

22 Young Women Today, Leaders Tomorrow

23 Foundation for the Education of Young Women
Our Core Values College Preparation Leadership Wellness Skills

24 Sponsorship/Funding/Partnership
FEYW Private Donations Grants Advisory Council Texas Wall Street Women (TXWSW) Independent Petroleum Association of America Junior Achievement Sally Ride Science Space Center Houston, NASA General Electric Texas Association of Minority Engineer s Writers in The Schools

25 YMCPA & YWCPA Extended lunch PTOs collaborate Socials/dances
Service learning projects Leadership Events

26 Admission Requirements
Must have a 75% or better average in all classes Must have met state requirements for advancement to the next grade level Must desire and be committed to attend a four-year college or university. Must have good attendance and behavior If selected for admission, must attend an interview with parent, guardian, and/or primary caregiver.

27 W We will prepare and apply to the best!!!

28 Our girls at the Apple store Golf as an elective class

29 History Fair winners and STEM Exposure

30 Walk for Juvenile Diabetes Visits to Rice & other Universities
Partnership with IPAA

31 Introduce a girl to Engineering Day at Exxon
Doctor’s day Outreach at YWCPA

32 Stem Camp at Tyler

33 FEYW Schools Houston Fort Worth Dallas Austin San Antonio Lubbock

34 We are a…

35 Contact Information Paula Harris, HISD Trustee Delesa O’Dell- Thomas, Principal Jyoti Malhan, Dean WEBSITE

36 Questions and Answers

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