Dragon 101

School Culture

School Colors

Purple, Silver, Black

School Mascot



Media, Visual, Performing Arts


The mission of the Bertha Sadler Means Young Women's Leadership Academy is to educate students in a cooperative learning environment that promotes scholarship, leadership, character education and community service leading toward a successful transition to the Early College High School to pursue success in college, career, and life.


The Bertha Sadler Means Young Women's Leadership Academy is a sisterhood environment that develops confident academically prepared, service-minded and innovative young women leaders for success in college, career, and life. This year we will focus on Self and School Identity and a Sense of Belonging with our girls.


Bertha Sadler Means Young Women's Leadership Academy is a tuition-free, all-girls academy located close to downtown Austin. We offer young women the opportunity to nurture their academic, creative and athletic interests while developing leadership and collaboration skills in a safe and inclusive educational environment. 

With more than 200 years of collective professional experience, our highly-qualified certified teachers support student achievement and provide opportunities for all of our students. 

We are a member of both the LBJ and Northeast Early College High School families, setting our students on a path to be able to graduate high school with both their high school diploma and an associate degree.

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About Bertha Sadler Means

Our namesake, Bertha Sadler Means, is an inspiration to every student and staff member, and a central part of our community at Sadler Means Young Women's Leadership Academy.

A true hero of the city of Austin, she is known for her work as a businesswoman, educator and civil rights activist. 

Ms. Sadler Means held several positions within Austin Independent School District over the course of her career, in both elementary and secondary education, and she was a pioneer in reading education. She taught at Prairie View A&M College and at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as delivering workshops in teacher education at Huston Tillotson University.



The creed was developed by our teachers and administrators. We believe that it holds the secrets of success for our young ladies. All school activities, curricular and enrichment, in the classroom, and community must be congruent with the school's stated goals, objectives, and creed established for the intellectual, physical, social and moral development if its students. Our YWLA Creed is based on the values and standards found in the school vision and mission statement.

WE ARE the Young Women's Leadership Academy

WE ARE articulate and responsible with our communication

WE ARE leaders and global citizens

WE ARE respectful and resilient

WE ARE dedicated, committed, and focused

WE ARE confident scholars

WE ARE innovative and creative

WE ARE of strong mind, body, and spirit


WE are Sadler Means, YWLA