The students at HISD's Young Women's College Preparatory Academy took a break from classes to celebrate their first year. On Wednesday morning at the school's grand opening, students heard from district leaders and Sen. Hutchison about the energy which went into opening the all-female academy.
This year began with a class of sixth graders and ninth graders, and will add grades seven, 10 and so on as the academic years proceed.
The event was a chance to recognize the people who put the effort to get the school open in such a short time. Sen. Hutchison said the groundwork was laid for these kind of public schools long ago and it is a dream come true for her.
"We started in 1993 and it was perseverance and it was a lot of people saying, 'No, no, no, if you do that then they're not going to be able to have the equality of education,' and we said well we want to make sure they have the equality of education and the opportunity to learn in the best environment," Sen. Hutchison said.
"This school is very unique because it's all girls and if you need any help then the teachers will help you. They come to you individually and ask you if you're getting everything and if you don't get it, you can go during any time of the day and ask them for help," said 9th grader Kiara Burks.
One young student we talked to isn't sure what she wants to do with her life but says the academy will provide a good foundation.
There is also a focus on getting girls to apply themselves and take on more difficult subjects like technology, science and math. They'll be using smart boards and Macbooks as well.
Interested students must apply to attend the academy.