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Single Gender Experience

At a girls' school, a girl occupies every role, every leadership position, every part in the play, every seat on the student government, and every spot on the basketball team. She has a wealth of avenues for self-exploration and development and a school full of peer role models.

A girls' school student is one who is bold, socially independent, and smart. She thrives in a single-gender environment. In her close-knit community, her individuality is nurtured and fed. As a result, a girl becomes more and more comfortable making her own decisions and determining the course of her own life. She becomes accustomed to speaking up and, more importantly, being heard.

Many alumnae from all girls' schools report that they could not "hide" in their school. Most girls' schools have smaller class sizes (usually a 7-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio, compared to 17-to-1 in most other schools), which allows teachers to focus more on each girl and fosters closer interaction between faculty and students. A girl is expected to pay attention, participate, and excel - in every class and every subject. Such high standards are borne out in the performance and future plans of alumnae.

  • Girls who attend single-sex schools outscore their co-ed counterparts on the SAT by an average of 28 to 43 points.
  • Nearly 100% of girls' school grads go on to college.
  • Three times as many alumnae of single-sex schools plan to become engineers.
  • Girls' school students spend more hours a week doing homework, attending study groups, tutoring others

In a single-gender school, a girl can comprehend her value and her capabilities in ways that have nothing to do with how she looks or whom she dates. Not only is she not in a bubble, she's utterly free to do anything and everything she wants. She can experiment and explore, trying out new things and trying on new identities.