This is a question we get asked often here at Stuart. Why all-girls? Will girls be able to enter the real world without going through a co-ed school? Stuart graduates tell us it is because of the all-girls environment at Stuart that prepared them for college and beyond.
In an all-girls school, girls are the ones who shine. The class president is a girl. The sports star is a girl. The top students in the class are girls. Every single leadership opportunity is given to a girl. Stuart is a member of the National Coalition of Girls' Schools. Below are quick facts on the benefits of girls' education.
A Safe Space
Girls’ school students are more likely than their female peers at coeducational schools to experience an environment that welcomes an open and safe exchange of ideas. Nearly 87% of girls’ school students feel their opinions are respected at their school compared to only 58% of girls at coeducational schools.
At girls’ schools, girls demonstrate great confidence in female leadership and become increasingly interested in leadership positions themselves. Data suggests that girls at coeducational schools actually become less interested in leadership positions with age.
All-girls educational environments negate this societal norm by providing opportunities for girls during a critical time in their growth and development. Not only do girls receive a wealth of avenues for self-exploration and development, they also see a wealth of peer role models. Girls need to ‘see it, to be it’ to make them more aware of the possibilities in their own lives and help set them on their own brilliant paths.
Culture of Achievement
Nearly 80% of girls’ school students report most of their classes challenge them to achieve their full academic potential compared to only 44% of girls at coeducational public schools.
Confidence in STEM
Girls’ school graduates are 6 times more likely to consider majoring in math, science, and technology compared to girls who attended coeducational schools.
The overwhelming majority of girls’ school students agree to strongly agree that they feel supported at their schools: 95% feel supported by their teachers (compared to 84% of girls at coeducational public schools), 90% report feeling supported by other students (compared to 73%), and 83% feel supported by their school administrators (compared 63%).
When compared to coeducated peers, graduated of girls’ school are more likely to:
- to help promote racial understanding
- value improving their understanding of other countries and cultures
- count their desire to understand others with different beliefs as a strength
- view their ability to work cooperatively with diverse people as strength
When compared to coeducated peers, graduates of girls’ school are more likely to:
- become involved in environmental programs
- deem it essential to participate in community social action programs
- be frequently active in volunteer work
Graduates of girls’ school are committed to civic duty. When compared to their coeducated peers, they are more likely to plan to vote in elections and to value keeping up with political affairs and influencing political structures.