All-Female Advantage

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10. INSPIRATIONAL ENVIRONMENT

Girls’ schools champion the education needs of girls. Single-sex programs…create an institutional and classroom climate in which female students can express themselves freely and frequently, and develop higher order thinking skills.

 

9. ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

Girls’ schools create a culture of achievement. More than 80% of girls’ school grads consider their academic performance highly successful.

 

8. BUILDS SELF-CONFIDENCE

At girls’ schools, a girl occupies every role. All-girls settings seem to provide girls a certain comfort level that helps them develop greater self-confidence and broader interests, especially as they approach adolescence.

 

7. DEVELOPS LEADERSHIP SKILLS

Girls’ schools empower students to become bold leaders. Programs at girls’ schools focus on the development of teamwork over other qualities of leadership, while the qualities of confidence, compassion, and resilience also ranked prominently.

 

6. SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATH (STEM)

Girls’ schools champion the educational needs of girls as a group underrepresented in STEM majors and careers. Girls’ school grads are 6 times more likely to consider majoring in math, science, and technology compared to girls who attend coed schools.

 

5. DEDICATED TO HOW GIRLS LEARN

Girls’ schools capitalize on girls’ unique learning styles. A study prepared for the U.S. Department of Education observed, “more positive academic and behavioral interactions between teachers and students in the single-sex schools than in the comparison to coed schools.”

 

4. HIGHER ASPIRATIONS

Girls’ school students strive for greatness. Students at all-girls schools have higher aspirations and greater motivation than their female peers at coed independent and public schools. More than 2/3 expect to earn a graduate or professional degree.

 

3. EXCELLENT MENTORING

Girls’ school students are mentored by a community of peers, teachers, and school administrators. The overwhelming majority of girls’ school students agree to strongly agree that they feel supported at their schools: 94.6% feel supported by their teachers, 89.9% report feeling supported by other students, and 82.8% feel supported by their school administrators.

 

2. PREPARES GIRLS FOR THE REAL WORLD

Girls’ schools engage students in activities that prepare them for life beyond the classroom. All-girls schools prepare students for the world beyond school by requiring outside research, encouraging them to connect ideas across problem domains, and challenging them to grapple with problems with no clear solution.

 

1. ALLOWS GIRLS TO BE THEMSELVES

Girls’ schools provide an environment where students feel safe to express themselves and engage in an open and safe exchange of ideas. Over 88% of girls’ school students report they are comfortable being themselves at school, which means they are free to focus their energies on their learning.

 

 

Source: National Coalition of Girls’ Schools