Lubbock Independent School District
Magnet / Specialty Programs
Central Office East Building, Suite 233
Lubbock, TX 79401
Phone: (806) 219-0335About Talkington
Talkington SYWL is a collaborative public-private partnership between the Dallas based Young Women’s Preparatory Network, Lubbock ISD and the Talkington Foundation Advisory Board. Talkington SYWL currently educates young women in grades 6-12.
As a college preparatory campus, Talkington SYWL provides an exceptional environment for outstanding achievement and personal growth for both students and staff. We foster an atmosphere of diversity, embrace a life of service, inspire self-reliance and provide a stable environment that leads students and staff to have the courage to excel.
Our commitment to excellence stands alongside the ideals put forth by our campus namesake, Margaret Talkington. As a Lubbock business woman, community leader and philanthropist, Margaret Talkington strongly believed in the support of children in education and the importance of women in leadership roles. We strive to foster her goals for this community at the Margaret Talkington School for Young Women Leaders.
Talkington students partake in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, enrolling in Pre-AP, AP, and Dual Credit courses. All seniors complete a research/thesis project and presentation with a community mentor as part of the Senior Seminar class. All students graduate under the Texas Distinguished Academic Plan, most with 30 or more college credits. All faculty members are highly qualified and 6 have earned the prestigious Newton Award.
100% of middle school students are enrolled in core Pre-AP courses and there is a school-wide focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.
In high school, students select a pathway as required under HB5 and school personnel provide personalized guidance to help students navigate through course selections that support their endorsement.
More than 60% of our students will be the first in their families to attend college. Additionally, approximately 55% are economically disadvantaged and qualify for subsidized free or reduced meals. Talkington has a full-time college advisor, Dr. Hollie Stanton, that works with students at all levels, but especially with seniors to aid in the college application process. We also have a full-time community liaison, Jennifer Cardelli, who helps pair students with community mentors and service learning opportunities.
About Activities & Service Learning
UIL Academics, Choir, Orchestra, Art and Piano are offered along with volleyball, basketball, swimming/diving and track. Note: Students wishing to compete in UIL athletics have the option to participate at their home campus. Among the many extracurricular activities/clubs are Student Council, National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, Student Class Officers, Cheerleading, Future Christian Athletes, Spanish, Newspaper, Yearbook, Destination Imagination, Academic Decathlon, Pentathlon, Robotics and Big Sis/Little Sis Program.
Service learning is an essential part of our students’ holistic growth. Students in each grade level are required to complete a minimum of service learning hours depending on their grade level. Students should complete more than 50 service learning hours before graduation.
Our public-private partnership allows for many enrichment opportunities, such as summer science camps for all 6th and 7th graders, a trip to Washington, D.C. for all high school students, and college visits and tours throughout Texas for all sophomores and juniors.
About Our School
- 2017 graduate recognized as a National Merit Finalist
- 2016 National Blue Ribbon School from the U.S. Department of Education
- 100% of our five graduating classes (2014 - 2018) gained admissions to a four-year university
- Scholarship offers totaling more than 8.3 million dollars for five graduating classes (2014 - 2018)
- Ranked Number 26 on the Washington Post’s list of Most Challenging Schools in the nation in 2016
- Met TEA Standards with seven distinctions in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, College Readiness, Student Progress and Closing the Achievement Gap for several consecutive years
- High School UIL State qualifiers in choir, orchestra, piano, and Congress
- Academic Decathlon Team ranked number 3 in Texas’ Small School Division and 16th in the Nation in 2015
- Our public-private partnership enhances programming in college preparation, leadership, service learning, health and wellness
- 5,815 service learning hours completed and $89,431 in charitable contributions made in 2016-2017
- Destination Imagination Team ranked 12th at Global Competition
The Transfer Information for the 2019-2020 School Year
Requesting a transfer for the 2019-2020 school year:
The transfer window for the 2019-2020 school year opens January 9, 2019 and closes on January 25, 2019 at 5:00 PM.
- All magnet transfers will be considered on a "First Come, First Serve" basis.
- Parents will be notified of transfer decisions by the end of March 2019.