Due to a lack of applications, LISD has extended the deadline for the new all-girls school. The School for Young Women Leaders will be made up of 75 sixth graders and 75 seventh graders.
The deadline extension is only for incoming seventh grade girls. LISD received more than 140 applications from incoming sixth graders, but received only 50 applications for the seventh grade class.
"We've decided to extend the deadline. So the new deadline for incoming seventh graders is March 24th," says Dr. Kim Perry, the principal for the LISD School for Young Women Leaders.
The extension is for girls entering the seventh grade only. There's room for 75, but Dr. Perry says they will only accept girls who meet the proper qualifications.
"If we get 60 qualified applicants, we'll have 60 in our first seventh grade class and that will be just as great as well," says Dr. Perry.
But Dr. Perry has no doubt they will receive an overabundance of applications.
"We're going to make that class and we're going to have school with our sixth and seventh graders. It's going to be great," says Dr. Perry.
While the 150 girls have not yet been chosen, preparations are well underway for their arrival. Construction crews are working fervently to have the school ready for the 2008-2009 school year.
"The cafeteria is completely renovated and finished so it's going to be an exciting process to see that," says Dr. Perry.
And in no time at all the halls will be filled with girls who are eager to learn and lead.
"It's just fantastic to be in there and think about what it will look like," says Dr. Perry.
You can pick up an application for the LISD School for Young Women Leaders from your child's school counselor or visit or (click here) to download one online.
Once again the applications are due on March 24th.
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