District officials say they decided to pursue an all-girls school of their own, after seeing the high test scores and scholarship awards at girls-only campuses in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and Lubbock. Those schools get support from the Foundation for the Education of Young Women, which would also partner with Houston to run its proposed all-girls school. Assistant Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora says the enrollment standards haven't been solidified...
"But we're looking at students that have a high grade average, high skill scores on assessments, on Stanford tests as well as letters of recommendation. And we will have clubs, but there will not be your traditional activities as in a traditional campus."
That means no athletics — only extra-curricular activities geared toward academics. Salazar-Zamora says the Contemporary Learning Center is the likely candidate for conversion to Houston's first all-girls school. Enrollment would be limited to 75 students per grade, and the girls would have to follow a strict dress code, but there are still several important details to work out.
"You know, we're not certain today what grades will begin. But we're looking at a cohort students starting in the sixth grade, and, perhaps, the ninth grade. So we would start middle school and high school at the same time."
A public meeting to answer more questions about the district's plans for the school begins at 6:30 this evening at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center on 18th street, near 290 and the West Loop.