Why All Girls
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At all-girls’ schools, girls can be themselves and try anything they want, free of distractions and increased competition often prevalent in mixed-gender environments. In single-gender environments, girls are taken seriously, and they become independent and resourceful. They become confident leaders and avid learners. Ones who question and are empowered to dream “big” and follow their dreams, whatever they may be.
Specific benefits of all-girls’ education include:
- All-girls’ schools focus on fostering and developing skills needed for girls to thrive in the ever-evolving 21st century, including problem-solving, collaboration and teamwork.
- In an environment free of boys, girls gain confidence and are able to excel in academics while finding their unique strengths and talents. During years of critical personal and intellectual development, girls discover that single-sex environments actually fortify them. The longer they stay in this environment, the more time they have to become stronger and more confident individuals.
- Without the distraction of boys in the classroom, girls focus better on their work and take the lead, giving them an advantage in study in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
- Girls from single-gender schools are also more likely to develop the skills and desire to be engaged leaders in their communities and the world and become lifelong learners.
- Girls and boys think and learn differently, and the faculty at all-girls’ schools keeps current on single-gender research and employ learning tools that have been successful in providing a vibrant girl-centered classroom.
The research in favor of all-girls’ schools is overwhelming:
- Nearly 100 percent of girls’ school graduates go on to college
- When rating their computer skills, 36 percent of graduates from girls’ schools consider themselves strong students, compared to only 26 percent of their co-ed peers
- 48 percent of girls’ school graduates rate themselves great at mathematics, versus 37 percent for girls in co-ed schools
- 58 percent of female graduates of girls’ schools report that they frequently discuss politics in class and with friends, compared to only 48 percent of their co-ed peers.
More information about the benefits of all-girls’ schools can be found at the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools website at www.ncgs.org.