High-performing Houston Schools: How Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy has acheived a 100 percent graduation rate


At KPRC 2, we’re proud to showcase the schools and educators providing students with outstanding education in the area we serve. Here, we will profile some of the highest-performing schools in the Houston area to get a glimpse at what makes them so successful.

Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy


Grades: 6-12 | Address: 1906 Cleburne St, Houston, TX 77004 | Phone: (713) 942-1441

Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy is Houston Independent School District’s only all-girls, college preparatory school. Located in Houston’s midtown neighborhood, the Title I magnet program focuses on college readiness and S.T.E.M.

The school’s honors

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks YWCPA the the 74th best high school in Texas and the 25th best in the Houston area.
  • In 2019, nonprofit Children at Risk ranked YWCPA the fifth-best high school in the Houston area and the 24th best in Texas.
  • The school has a 100 percent graduation rate.
  • The TEA awarded the school with four of seven possible distinction designations for outstanding performance during the 2018-2019 school year. YWCPA received designations for the categories comparative academic growth, postsecondary readiness, comparative closing the gaps and ELA/Reading.

By the numbers


Total enrollment: 477

Economically disadvantaged students: 96.2%

English learners: 4.4%

Ethnic Distribution among students: African American (46.3%), Hispanic (47%), White (3.4%), American Indian (0.4%), Asian (1.3%), Two or more races (1.7%)

Student-teacher ratio: 20.5 to 1

Number of teachers: 23.2

Average teacher experience: 10.6 years

Average teacher salary: $55,075

Percentage of students enrolled in pre-AP courses in 2018: 97%

Percentage of students enrolled in AP courses in 2018: 27.1%

TEA School Report Card


With an overall score of 96, YWCPA earned an A for exemplary performance during the 2018-2019 school year.

The comprehensive score measures how well the school served its students, encouraged high academic achievement and growth and prepared students for success in college, a career or the military.

The TEA assesses the school’s performance in three different domains to determine its overall score: student achievement, school progress, and closing the gaps.

Student achievement gauges how much students learn and what they’re capable of by the end of the year. School progress determines how students at a given school perform over time and how that growth compares to similar schools. And the closing the gaps measures the percentage of different groups of students that performed above state goals.

Here’s how Eastwood Academy fared in these three categories:

Student Achievement: 94

School Progress: 92

Closing the Gaps: 100

For more information about YWCPA , click here to view the performance report.

About the Author:

Briana Zamora-Nipper joined the KPRC 2 digital team in 2019. When she’s not hard at work in the KPRC 2 newsroom, you can find Bri drinking away her hard earned wages at JuiceLand, running around Hermann Park, listening to crime podcasts or ransacking the magazine stand at Barnes & Noble.