Project Description

Young Men’s Leadership Academy at Wheatley

Grades served for 2022-23: 4th-12th

Lottery grades: 4th, 5th

Waitlist grades: 6th-12th

Principal: Derrick Brown

Phone: (210) 354-9652

Address: 415 Gabriel St., 78202

School Website

The Young Men’s Leadership Academy at Wheatley is San Antonio’s first all-boys public school offering a model of education that is backed by research indicating that boys and girls learn differently. YMLA helps boys achieve their highest potential by setting high expectations and emphasizing character, leadership and discipline. Each day begins with a firm handshake and continues with a positive message of encouragement in a daily assembly. Our 21st-century school design fosters dialogue, promotes collaboration and encourages creativity. We build social-emotional awareness through reflective thinking practices and daily meditation sessions. We are preparing today’s learners to become tomorrow’s leaders.

  • San Antonio’s first all-boys public school emphasizes character development and leadership skills
  • Project-based learning requires students to apply their knowledge to real-world problems, providing hands-on exploration and investigation
  • Instruction is tailored to the male learner and delivered in an environment that promotes a strong culture of brotherhood and camaraderie

Advanced Placement (AP), Pre-AP, Dual Credit, Gifted & Talented, • World Languages, Latin • Art, Choir, Theatre, Band • Special Education: GEC

Boy Scouts of America, Dojo Karate Academy, Gardopia Gardens • Boys and Girls Club, Greater San Antonio After-School All Stars Challenge

Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Soccer (middle school only), Track & Field • ROTC, LOTC (middle school only) • Academic Decathlon, Boy Scouts, Chess, Classic Society, Color Guard, Cyber Patriots Cybersecurity Team, Gardening Club, Karate, Robotics, Student Leadership Council, UIL

San Antonio ISD is hosting virtual and in-person Parent Information Sessions every month! These are interactive, family conversations that help you understand what Choice Schools & Magnet Programs are and how to gain admission. We share important dates and deadlines, tips on how to apply, and resources to learn more. See dates, times, and locations of all District Info Sessions here.

  • Virtual Sessions: Join by tuning in to our live broadcast on the SAISD Choice Schools & Programs Facebook page. Parents will be able to post questions directly in the comments during the presentations, and we’ll answer in real time! Questions may also be sent ahead of time by direct message through the Facebook page, or by email to
  • In-Person Sessions: No sign-up is needed. These sessions take place at our neighborhood high schools, so parking is free. To make sure seating can remain socially distanced, we advise just 1 parent and 1 child per family attend each event. *Masks are required due to COVID-19 safety guidelines. 


Young Men’s Leadership Academy is hosting the following in-person Parent/Student Information Events*. Contact the school directly with any questions.

*Spanish interpretation is available at all events below.

Date Time Details
Wed Oct 13 6:00 – 7:00 PM In-person event: Auditorium
Sat Oct 23 Coming soon! In-person event: Auditorium
Sat Dec 11 12:30 – 2:00 PM In-person event: Auditorium