Why an All-Girls School?
The Girls' School Advantage: By the Numbers from National Coalition of Girls' Schools
Research shows that girls flourish in single-sex environments. Free from many of society's pressures, they can focus on their interests — on what is truly important to them. Girls' schools take a special interest in developing leaders and allow curriculum choice without gender stereotyping. Just as importantly, they develop strong, life-long friendships and support networks that last a lifetime.
Research consistently shows that "girls can achieve great things in math, science and technology when opportunities exist, when teaching methods are geared to their strengths and when everyone's expectations are set high." (The National Coalition of Girls' Schools).
National Coalition of Girls' Schools: Findings at a Glance
A 2009 study conducted by the National Coalition for Girls' Schools and The Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA found that female graduates of single-sex high schools demonstrate stronger academic orientations than their coeducational counterparts across a number of different categories, including higher levels of academic engagement, SAT scores, and confidence in mathematical ability and computer skills.
Greater Academic Engagement
Women graduates of single-sex schools exhibit higher academic engagement than do their coeducational counterparts as measured by survey questions on time spent studying or doing homework, studying with other students, tutoring other students and talking with teachers outside of class.
Higher SAT Scores
Women who attended single-sex schools tended to outscore their coeducational counterparts on the SAT. Mean SAT composite scores (Verbal plus Math) are 43 points higher for single-sex graduates within the independent school sector, and 28 points higher for single-sex alumnae in the Catholic school sector.
Greater Interest in Graduate School
Women who attended single-sex schools are slightly more likely than those who attended a coeducational school to say that they are going to college to prepare for graduate school (71% to 66%) and to choose a college because its graduates are admitted to top graduate schools (45% to 41%).
Higher Academic Self-Confidence
In addition to reporting higher levels of academic engagement, single-sex graduates—especially those from independent schools— tend to exhibit slightly higher levels of academic self-confidence.
Higher Confidence in Mathematical Ability and Computer Skills
Graduates of single-sex schools also arrive at college with greater confidence in their mathematical and computer abilities.
Greater Interest in Engineering Careers
Women graduates of single-sex schools are three times more likely than their coeducational peers to state they intend to pursue a career in engineering (4.4% versus 1.4%).
Stronger Predisposition Towards Co-Curricular Engagement
Women graduates of single-sex schools are more likely than their coeducational counterparts to report that there is a very good chance they will participate in student clubs or groups while they are in college (70% anticipate involvement in campus organizations, compared to 60% of coeducational alumnae).
Greater Political Engagement
Female graduates of single-sex schools are more likely than their coeducational counterparts to discuss politics in class and with friends. Political engagement is especially strong at independent schools, where 58% of women graduates of single-sex institutions report that it is "very important" or "essential" for them to keep up to date with political affairs, compared to 48% of women graduates of independent coeducational schools.