Midland ISD getting first all-girls college prep school

DALLAS (NEWS RELEASE) -- Young Women’s Preparatory Network (YWPN), the largest network of all-girls public schools in the nation, announced today a new partnership with Midland ISD, resulting in the first college preparatory school for female students in the district. The new public school in Midland will open in time for the 2019-2020 school year.

The campus in Midland ISD will be the ninth school in the YWPN network. Other schools are located in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Houston, Lubbock and San Antonio. The school in Midland will open with sixth and seventh grade girls and add one grade level each year through high school.

YWPN is the national leader in single-gender, college preparatory public education, with a 100% high school graduation rate and 100% college acceptance rate. YWPN schools are recognized as among the best in Texas and top 100 in the U.S.

“Addressing the quality of education low-income students receive at the middle and high school level is key to addressing their ability to complete college,” said Lynn McBee, CEO of Young Women’s Preparatory Network. “We provide young women with rigorous coursework, college admissions advising and confidence-building experiences, so all students, regardless of background or socio-economic status, can excel.”

YWPN is a public-private partnership that supports and uplifts public schools by using private donations to support mentoring, leadership training and college counseling needs that add the extra layer of support these young women need to make it to college. YWPN provides top-notch STEM-focused education in an all-girl classroom setting that provides the unique opportunity for young women to operate outside of any perceived societal gender bias and prepares young women for college, a professional career and life.

YWPN has made a $1 million commitment to fund the new school in Midland. These funds will be used for enhancements such as a full-time College Advisor and extended-learning programs focused on the YWPN pillars of College Readiness, Leadership, and Wellness and Life Skills. XTO Energy has also committed $100,000 to help fund the school.