“When girls go to single-sex schools, they stop being the audience and become the players." Myra and David Sadker
education researchers and authors of “Failing at Fairness: How America’s Schools Cheat Girls"
The Benefits Of Single-gender Education
The Magnificat High School single-gender environment has strong advantages for our students. Research demonstrates that young women achieve a higher level of academic success in an all-girl educational setting. Graduates of single-gender schools generally also have an easier time with the transition to college. The ability to establish their optimal individual style of learning, in conjunction with excellent academic preparation, provide them with a strong foundation for post-secondary education.
Data from the National Foundation for Educational Research Says…
- Girls’ schools help counter gender-stereotyping in subject choices, with their students taking math and science courses at double the national average.
- The students are more comfortable asking questions, allowing them to develop their own, best learning style.
- Girls in single-gender schools perform better on standardized tests than girls in coeducational schools, regardless of socio-economic and ability levels.
- Women who attend single-sex schools tend to score better than their coeducational counterparts on the SAT exam. Mean SAT composite scores (Verbal plus Math) are 43 points higher for single-sex graduates.
- 85% of recent all-girls’ school graduates say going to a girls’ school definitely inspires a “can-do” attitude.
- Graduates of single-sex schools are more likely than their coeducational counterparts to participate in student clubs or groups while they are in college.
The Goodman Research Group, Inc. Reports…
- 71% of girls’ school alumnae felt more prepared to transition to college than their counterparts from coeducational high schools.
- 90% would probably or definitely attend a girls’ school if they had to do it all over again.
- Nearly all the respondents (93%) either somewhat or strongly agreed that girls’ schools provide greater leadership opportunities than coeducational schools.
The combination of the community, the culture and the climate that an all-girls’ Catholic high school, offers young women makes for a powerful and transformative experience. As our alumnae report, “Magnificat changed my life!”