San Antonio’s only all-boys public school announces expansion into high school

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 Principal Derrick Brown with some of his students entering 9th grade next year.

Young Men’s Leadership Academy to offer 9th grade next year

San Antonio’s only all-boys public school begins each day begins with a firm handshake and continues with a positive message of encouragement in a daily assembly. Soon even more students will have the opportunity to benefit from its focus of college prep, character, discipline and leadership.

Starting in 2018-19, the Young Men’s Leadership Academy will expand to 9th grade and eventually serve through 12th by adding a grade each year.

The request for YMLA to accommodate students through high school graduation came from parents and students, many of whom have attended the school since it opened in August 2015, said Principal Derrick Brown.

“Because we offer such a unique 21st-century learning experience which has yielded very positive outcomes, we recognized the need to extend this opportunity through the high school level,” Brown said. “We look forward to building a strong collegiate preparatory program with memorable traditions.”

That option was made possible by a move this school year to the former Wheatley Middle School campus, a larger site that also originally was a high school.

YMLA’s current enrollment of 4th-8th-graders is about 250. The Wheatley campus’s capacity is 500.

The first class of freshmen will comprise this year’s 8th-grade class, with room for 25 additional 9th-graders.

YMLA’s long-term goal is to be a school whose graduates will be attractive to Ivy League schools, Brown said. “At this time we are one of the few middle schools to offer Latin. Our career paths are going to be entrepreneurship and public service, which fit perfectly with our tenets of character, discipline and leadership.”

In addition to those qualities that the Ivy League finds appealing, he said YMLA is looking to add Lacrosse and swimming to its sports offerings. YMLA now fields teams in basketball and football, with plans to add baseball.

Besides the open slots for next year’s 9th-graders, applications now are being accepted for incoming 4th-6th-graders.

Enrollment is open to students from across Bexar County.

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