Our History

High expectations and evidence of concrete results define the student's academic experience

Young Women’s College Prep Charter School of Rochester (YWCP) made history on August 27, 2012, when the school opened its doors to 81 seventh-grade students as the only all-girls public school. Co-Founders Laura Rebell Gross and Brooke Stafford-Brizard identified the need in Rochester for a school based on the highly successful model of the Young Women’s Leadership Schools in New York City, which have celebrated graduation rates of over 96% every year for the past 20+ years, and every graduating senior has been accepted to college with significant financial aid.  Their graduates earn four-year college degrees at four times the rate of their national peers. For more information, visit www.studentleadershipnetwork.org

Today, YWCP is part of a national network of nearly 20 all-girls college prep schools that are turning today’s girls into tomorrow’s leaders.

Vision and Mission

YWCP offers young women from the city of Rochester the opportunity to learn in a single-gender environment, free from stereotypes, where a strong focus is placed on preparation for college enrollment and graduation. We support students in their endeavors to achieve excellence in and out of the classroom, helping them to develop the strong voices they will need to be leaders.  YWCP believes in educating the whole girl, which encompasses academic achievement, career and college preparation, leadership, and personal and social development.

We support students in their endeavors to achieve excellence in and out of the classroom, helping them to develop the strong voices they will need to be leaders.

More about Young Women's College Prep

College Decision Day 2018
The Power of Education 2017
Rise Up 2016
Our Model

Through its affiliation with YWLN, YWCP adheres to a proven educational model that includes both academic and broader cultural components resulting in student achievement.  All YWLN schools have rigorous college preparatory curricula with an emphasis on STEM, a daily Advisory program, college counseling, uniforms, extracurricular enrichment, and a focus on leadership skill development.  Our small class sizes, individualized instruction, and rigorous curriculum ensure that YWCP students are prepared to be competitive college applicants and to succeed in higher education pursuits.

Why All Girls?

There is abundant research showing the impact on learning in a single-gender environment. Students are more likely to feel better connected to their schools and are more likely to develop strong relationships with their teachers. They are also more likely to pursue academic paths according to their talents and interests rather than particular gender stereotypes.

Most importantly, a single-gender environment provides the opportunity to integrate strong female role models and create an atmosphere that emphasizes girl-power, leadership and self-confidence.

Contact Us
Young Women's College Prep School
  • 133 Hoover Drive, Rochester, NY, 14615
  • (585) 254-0320
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On Friday, 12 lucky YWCP seniors were able to attend part of the National Women's Hall of Fame's annual induction weekend events in Senecal Falls, the birthplace of the Women's Rights Movement.A "Conversations with Great Women" panel was hosted by WHAM's Ginny Ryan at Myderse Academy and featured several members of the Hall's Class of 2022 inductees, including former Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi, former U.S. Army General Rebecca Halstead, and the daughters of former NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson. Prior to the trip to Seneca Falls, the students visited Monroe Community College for a campus tour and even ran into a few YWCP alumnae!Read more about the Seneca Falls event here: https://rochesterfirst.com/hidden-history/womens-history/… ... See MoreSee Less
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Congratulations to Dr. DeAnna Burt-Nanna, a 2021 YWCP Leadership Award Recipient, on being officially inaugurated as Monroe Community College's sixth president and its first woman of color!Burt-Nanna inaugurated as MCC’s sixth president http://ow.ly/NLZ710434hk ... See MoreSee Less
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Important Notice for YWCP Families:Asynchronous Learning 9/27 - 9/30

Greetings YWCP Parents and Guardians,

This message is to notify you that in accordance with New York State Education Department guidelines regarding health and safety, and to ensure there is no lapse in instruction, we must implement asynchronous learning for the remainder of the week.  This means that students will learn and complete assignments at their own pace remotely.

Students will NOT be attending in-person learning tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27th through this Friday, September 30th. Please have your YWCP student check their school email and our YWCP website for more information.

Students are NOT to report to school and ARE expected to:

  • Login to Google Classroom starting Tuesday for each class and complete all work.  Assignments will be posted daily.
  • Email teachers with any questions or concerns.
  • Check Google Classroom daily.

Please be reminded that students should check their email for more information from their teachers.

We will continue our normal in-person learning on Monday, October 3rd. Thank you for your continued support.  Stay safe and healthy.

Dr. Owens, Principal