"At TYWLS, students do not let their sisters fail, it is cool to be smart and hardworking, and young women believe anything is possible."

BerniceTYWLS Class of 2011Smith College, Class of 2015

By the Numbers

  • Enrollment: 500
  • Serves Grades 6-12
  • Student Attendance: 96%
  • Teacher Attendance: 97%
  • 98-100% Graduation Rate
  • 100% College Acceptance
  • $25,000+ in college financial aid per student
  • 96% student attendance rate​
  • ​100% pass rate in all regents required for graduation

About Us

The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem (TYWLS) opened in 1996 as the first school in a national network of excellent all-girls college prep schools. TYWLS nurtures the intellectual curiosity and creativity of young women by supporting the 'whole girl' in order to maximize academic achievement, social emotional well-being, and post-secondary success.

Our school is guided by teachers and staff dedicated to creating a supportive and academically challenging environment, investing in each girl's potential to achieve high standards in every area including math, science, and technology. We have a very supportive school culture that includes daily advisory, after-school academic tutoring, and regular contact with parents. Our students have opportunities for challenging work both in the classroom and through partnerships with many outside organizations. The Student Leadership Network supports TYWLS with a wide range of programs to help prepare our students for leadership in their communities.

TYWLS is also supported by the CollegeBound Initiative (CBI), which promotes college access and financial aid options for every student. We have a full-time CBI college counselor on staff who guides students and parents through the process of visiting and choosing colleges, applying to college, and applying for financial aid. Since its inception, TYWLS has been extremely successful, with near perfect graduation and college acceptance rates.

Advanced Placement Courses

AP US History

AP Government and Politics

AP Statistics

AP Calculus

AP English Literature

AP ​Biology

AP Spanish Language

Accelerated Courses

8th Grade Math




Art Club

Columbia Piermont Marsh Summer Research Program

Community Service Club

Model U.N.

Open Doors, Theater Development Fund


Love Heals (Health/Relationship Education)

Robotics Club

Step-Up, Women's Network

​Social Justice Club

Community Service

  • Common Pantry
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • ​READ Alliance
  • Special Olympics
  • Sweet Readers


​East Harlem Pride







Flag Football


Notable Guest Speakers

  • Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for girls’ education
  • Queen Rania of Jordan, advocate for girls’ education
  • Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General
  • Irshad Manji, Women’s Rights Activist
  • Dr. Yvonne Thornton, celebrated obstetrics specialist
  • Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker of City Counsel and City Councilwoman
  • Honors student Nene S. interviewed Michelle Obama
  • TYWLS students were featured in Starbucks Teavana commercial with Oprah Winfrey

Notable Student Opportunities

  • The 100th screening of "The Empowerment Project" was shown at TYWLS; students were featured in ABC news interview about the documentary
  • TYWLS seniors participated in UBS panel discussion