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SAISD to create second all-girls school

YWLA Primary at Page to open August 2019

YWLA PrimarySan Antonio ISD has announced plans to establish a second all-girls school. SAISD will open a school for primary grades in August of 2019, starting with Kinder and first. The school will add a grade each year, ultimately becoming K-5.

YWLA Primary at Page will be open to all girls who live within Bexar County, with priority to those living within the Page Middle School boundaries. There are no academic entry requirements and admission is based on a lottery system.

Page has been phasing out as a middle school and has only the 8th-grade class left for this school year. Starting next year, only the new all-girls elementary will be at the campus.

“We are proud to offer our parents another high-quality option for their children,” said Superintendent Pedro Martinez. “Over the past decade, Young Women’s Leadership Academy has demonstrated its ability to cultivate academic success and intentional leadership among its students. What better way to celebrate the school’s 10-year anniversary than to replicate its success by launching YWLA Primary for even younger students.”

The school will have a strong focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) curriculum, along with social-emotional learning, and early college preparation. Students will experience rigorous academic instruction, coupled with skill-building in leadership, self-awareness, and responsible decision making. YWLA Primary students will be well prepared for whatever type of middle, high school or college experience they desire.

YWLA Primary will be overseen by Delia McLerran, current principal at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy for grades 6-12. YWLA was named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School and consistently ranks in U.S. News and World Report’s Best High Schools.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to add a second school under the YWLA umbrella, serving to empower girls and prepare them for success in a challenging, nurturing, and inclusive learning environment,” said YWLA Principal Delia McLerran. “YWLA Primary and YWLA students will work closely together on a variety of projects, with the younger girls being mentored and taught by their older counterparts.”

Devyn, a junior at YWLA, said that she is excited to help young people grow, and help guide the next generation of female leaders.

 “The best part about YWLA is the bond you build with your sisters,” she said. “I think a school like this would have helped me a lot in elementary school. I was super shy and didn’t raise my hand in class even though I knew the answers. I feel if girls start early in this type of setting they will be able to grow and be outspoken when they are older.”

The application period for the first cohort of students will begin on Nov. 26, 2018, and the first of several open house dates will be held on October 16 at 6 p.m. at Page Middle School, located at 401 Berkshire Ave.