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Young Women’s Preparatory Network (YWPN), the largest network of all-girls public schools in the nation, held a College Signing Day event at Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School today to celebrate the graduation and college selection of more than 60 seniors. The girls celebrated their college selections in front of family, friends and special guests.

YWPN is the national leader in single-gender, college preparatory public education, with a 100% high school graduation rate and 100% college acceptance rate. Irma Rangel graduated its first class in 2009. 

“This fall, I am attending The University of Texas at Arlington as a Terry and Honor student. Senior Signing Day for me is not only a way to express and share my joy with the Class of 2019 but to encourage other classes that they can also achieve,” said Irma Rangel student Jacqueline Hernandez, who will attend the University of Texas – Arlington in the fall. “Senior year was a gateway for me to step into new challenges of applying for colleges and scholarships. I am excited to show on Senior Singing Day how challenges are worth the fight.”

2019 Graduating Senior Class Statistics

61: The number of girls graduating – 100% of the senior class

  • 48 (79%) are first generation college students
  • 25 (41%) are first generation high school graduates
  • 100% of seniors were admitted to a 4-year institution
  • The graduates were offered $6 million in scholarships to-date to these colleges and universities

113 colleges and universities have extended offers of admission to at least one student in the Class of 2019.

  • The first graduate in Irma Rangel history will go directly to an international institution for college at Yonsei University, Underwood International College in South Korea.
  • One graduate is a Grissom Scholar at Centre College (only 10 are awarded nationally).
  • Three students are Terry Foundation Scholars who will attend UT Arlington, Sam Houston State University and the University of Texas at Dallas.
  • One member of the senior class is the only senior in the country to be offered the Goizueta Scholar at Agnes Scott College.
  • 19 students received State Fair of Texas scholarships.
  • One student was offered the Richard D. Cohen Scholar at Boston University.

About YWPN. YWPN schools are recognized as among the best in the nation and the top 100 in Texas. Recently, U.S. News and World Report listed Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School in Dallas and Talkington School for Young Women Leaders in Lubbock among the top 10 best high schools in Texas. YWPN campuses in Dallas, Lubbock, Austin, San Antonio, Fort Worth and Houston were also listed among the best in the nation.

YWPN is a public-private partnership that supports and uplifts public schools by using private donations to support mentoring, leadership training and college readiness programs that add the extra layer of support these young women need to make it and persist in college. YWPN provides top-notch STEM-focused education in an all-girl classroom setting that provides the unique opportunity for young women to operate outside of any perceived societal gender bias and prepares young women for college, a professional career and life. To learn more about Young Women’s Preparatory Network, visit

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