Young Women's Preparatory Academy

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Young Women's Preparatory Academy

1150 SW 1 ST

Miami, FL 33130
Coordinates 25°46′21.36″N 80°12′49.85″W / 25.7726000°N 80.2138472°W / 25.7726000; -80.2138472Coordinates: 25°46′21.36″N 80°12′49.85″W / 25.7726000°N 80.2138472°W / 25.7726000; -80.2138472
Type Public school, all-girls
Established 2007
Grades 6 to 12
Number of students 413 (2014-15)[1]
Azure blue and white
Mascot Monarch butterfly
Principal Concepcion I. Martinez

Young Women's Preparatory Academy (YWPA) is a grade 6-12 magnet school for girls, located in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, Florida. It is a part of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS).

YWPA was the first public school established in South Florida that was only for girls.[2]

The school was established in 2006,[3] with a focus on mathematics, science, and technology. It had about 400 students as of 2012,[4] and as of 2014 had about the same number.[3]

As of 2015 Concepción I. Martinez is the principal.


The Annual Women's Symposium, which is like a career day, is held every year.[3]

Academic achievements[edit]

Circa 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked YWPA #26 in the United States and #2 in Florida.[5] As of that year, 300 girls were on the school's waiting list.[4]

In 2013, YWPA won a Magnet Schools of Excellence Award from the Magnet Schools of America.[6]

Teachers and administrators at YWPA have attributed the school's success to its lack of boys; its mentorship program which has older students assist younger ones; its academic focus towards mathematics, science and technology; its small student body; and the teachers' concern for their students.[4]


  1. ^ "YOUNG WOMENS PREPARATORY ACADEMY". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  2. ^ Pinzur, Matthew I. "Miami-Dade school board approves all-girls public school"[dead link] Miami Herald. October 20, 2005. Retrieved on December 31, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Devaney, Kathleen. "Women leaders from the community empower students from all girls prep academy " (Archive). Miami Herald. March 18, 2015. Retrieved on Decembember 31, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Isensee, Laura and Michael Vasquez. "Girls and boys: Separate but educated" (Archive). Miami Herald. October 17, 2012. Retrieved on December 31, 2015.
  5. ^ "Young Women's Preparatory Academy". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2013-04-08.
  6. ^ Schuster, John (14 March 2013). "MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS RECEIVES RECORD 35 NATIONAL MAGNET SCHOOLS OF MERIT AWARDS". Miami-Dade School Board. Retrieved 2013-04-09.

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