The Young Women's Leadership School of Astoria
23-15 Newtown Ave.
Welcome to The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria!
On September 5, 2006, Principal Laura Mitchell and founding teachers opened the doors to The Young Women’s Leadership School (TYWLS) of Astoria to 79 very excited sixth graders in full uniform carrying backpacks chock-filled with school supplies from High Water Women. We are now in our fourth year with 350 young women and will be adding another 81 students in 6th grade while our 9th graders move into our very first 10th grade. This group of 10th graders will be our first graduating class in the year 2013.
Over the past four years we have provided our young women with rigorous academic courses and opportunities as well as opportunities to participate in a number of activates, events and after school and summer enrichment programs. Current programs include Christodora (Science), PowerPlay Sports, City Parks Foundation, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Museum of the Moving Image, Step Up Drama, Women’s Drama, National Council on Women’s Health, Peer Mediation, Soccer, Chess, Drama Club, Stock Market Club, Track and Field, School Newsletter, Basketball and so much more.
Our building has been under renovation. We now have a technology lab, theater, and music studios, lockers for all students, state of the art Science labs and so much more.
We believe in educating the whole student and meeting each student’s individual needs. A single gender public school offers students an educational environment, which is free from the sexual stereotypes and pressures of society. At TYWLS of Astoria gender differences in learning styles are studied and thus built upon; gender differences are valued not ignored. This environment enables teachers to focus on students’ academic as well as social and developmental growth.
Small school engaged in leadership development
The key to our school’s success is the ability of each staff member to get to know every student in the school, and thus to meet their academic, social and emotional needs personally and intellectually. Students are actively engage in projects that build their leadership skills, their ability to work in teams, and their capacity to positively impact their community. A constant and steady stream of community and business leaders, role models, and mentors are invited into the school to teach leadership skills to the students. Staff members explore and participate in developmental programs, which teach them how to integrate leadership skills into the curriculum. In addition, older students serve as mentors and peer mediators for the younger students in the school.