Why attend an all-girls school?

In a single-sex 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. She can be free to experiment and explore, trying out new things and trying on new roles. She can follow her ambitions without wasting a second thought or a backward glance on how her male counterparts might perceive her. By subtracting boys an all-girls' education adds opportunities. At a girls' school, a girl occupies every role: every seat on the student government, every position on every team. Not only does she have a wealth of avenues for self-exploration and development; she has a wealth of peer role models. – National Coalition of Girls’ Schools
1. Inspirational Environment
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. –
Dr. Rosemary C. Salomone, Columbia University’s Teacher College Record
2. Academic Achievement
The robust learning environment… [provides] unequivocal support for the value of an all-girls educational environment. – Dr. Cornelius Riordan, Providence College
3. Builds self-confidence
As a college professor I could identify students from girls’ schools…on the first day of class. They were the young women whose hands shot up in the air, who were not afraid to defend their positions.” – Dr. Rosemary C. Salomone, St. John’s University, Same, Different, Equal: Rethinking Single Sex Schooling.
4. Develops Leadership Skills
93% of girls’ school grads say they were offered greater leadership opportunities than peers at coed schools and 80% have held leadership positions since graduation from high school. – Goodman Research Group, The Girls’ School Experience: A Survey of Young Alumnae of Single-Sex Schools.
5. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)
Compared to coed peers, girls’ school grads are 3 times more likely to consider engineering careers. – Dr. Linda Sax, UCLA, Women Graduates of Single-Sex and Coeducational High Schools: Differences in their Characteristics and the Transition to College.
6. Dedicated to How Girls Learn
More positive academic and behavioral interactions [were observed] between teachers and students in the single-sex schools than in the comparison to coed schools. – U.S. Department of Education, Early Implementation of Public Single-Sex Schools: Perceptions and Characteristics
7. Higher Aspirations
Girls’ school students have higher aspirations and greater motivation than their female peers at coed schools. Nearly 99% of students at girls’ schools expect to earn a four-year degree. More than 2/3 expect to earn a graduate or professional degree. – Dr. Richard A. Holmgren, Steeped in Learning: The Student Experience at All-Girls Schools
8. Engaged in the Learning Process
Over 95% of students in all-girls’ schools report participating actively in class discussions compared to 80.4% at coed public schools. – Dr. Richard Holmgren, Steeped in Learning: The Student Experience at All-Girls Schools
9. More comfortable being themselves and expressing their ideas
An atmosphere of respect provides girls’ schools students the opportunity to share their views openly, and learn from their peers. – Dr. Richard Holmgren, Steeped in Learning: The Student Experience at All-Girls Schools
10. Preparation for the Real World
[At an all-girls’ school], her world will continue to include boys and men — in extra-curriculars, at home, on weekends and holidays. And, finding her voice, collaborating on projects and excelling in academics will prepare her for a purposeful life. – National Coalition of Girls’ Schools.