Benefits of Single-Gender High School for Young Women

The University of California at Los Angeles conducted a multi-year national study in 2010 to assess the value of single-gender education for high school girls. They found that private and Catholic high schools that serve girls graduate students who work harder in their studies and achieve at higher rates, while demonstrating more confidence to speak out, get involved, help others, and develop a full range of skills and talents. Check out the stats:

  • All-girls’ high school grads score 43 points higher on SAT composite scores (total verbal
  • plus math) than girls from co-ed high schools.
  • 62% of all-girls’ high school grads spend 11+ hours/week studying, compared to 42% from co-ed high schools.
  • 53% of all-girls’ high school grads are more likely to study in a group, compared to 45% from co-ed high schools.
  • 65% of all-girls’ high school grads frequently tutor other students, compared to 58% from co-ed grads.
  • 37% of all-girls’ high school grads report spending three or more hours a week meeting with teachers outside of class, compared to 30% from co-ed grads.
  • 81% of all-girls’ high school grads rate themselves as “above average” or “in the highest 10 percent” for academic ability, compared to 75% from co-ed high schools.
  • 45% of all-girls’ high school grads rate their public speaking ability as “above average” or “in the highest 10 percent,” compared to 39% in co-ed grads.
  • 48% of all-girls’ high school grads rate their math confidence as “above average” or “highest 10 percent,” compared to 37% of co-ed grads.
  • 70% of all-girls’ high school grads report they are likely to participate in sports and/or extra-curricular activities in college, compared to 60% from co-ed schools.
  • 58% of all-girls’ high school grads frequently discuss politics in class and with friends, compared to 48% from co-ed schools.

That National Coalition of Girls’ Schools summarized the 10 reasons why girls have an advantage attending all girls’ high schools: “Girls' schools create opportunities for educational risk-taking, counter the negative influence of mass media, give girls a "can do" attitude, move social life outside of class, teach girls to work in teams, encourage them in math, science and technology, maximize girls' strengths in language, promote female sports, provide female role models, and give students practical skills like financial literacy and community service.”

See full study results.

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