Defining Characteristics of the Girls' School Experience
1. Girls put academics first.
Time in the classroom is time spent learning, not socializing. Girls' schools create a culture of achievement where a girl's accomplishments are what matters — where what she believes in and how she puts her beliefs into action are more important than what she wears to school.
Data: 95 percent of recent girls' school graduates say they were either very or extremely satisfied with their schools' strong academic curriculum.
2. Girls enjoy not just equal opportunity, but every opportunity.
All the speakers, players, writers, singers and athletes are girls. All the doers and leaders are girls. Female mentors abound, whether faculty or fellow classmates. And that's the key to real achievement: positive role models, abundant opportunities, personal practice and real-life experience.
Data: 85 percent of recent girls' school graduates say going to a girls' school definitely inspires a can-do attitude.
3. Girls dare to take on — and succeed in — the real world.
Self-confidence is the key to turning skills and knowledge into success. If you have a healthy self-confidence, you'll be prepared to step outside your comfort zone and take on any workplace or social situation. At girls' schools, every girl learns to take on academic challenges, express her thoughts and opinions, and participate in new learning experiences.
Data: 82 percent of recent girls' school graduates say they were very or extremely satisfied with how well their schools instilled self-confidence.
4. Girls thrive when their learning styles take center stage.
Single-sex education is more than merely separating girls and boys. Girls' schools capitalize on all that we know about the way girls learn. As a result, girls' school students are more willing to stick with — and succeed in — courses such as math, science and technology.
Data: 93 percent of recent girls' school graduates report they were very or extremely satisfied with the individualized attention they received.
5. Girls become leaders.
There's no such thing as a 'leadership gene.' Leadership is an acquired skill. That's why girls' schools constantly create new leadership opportunities in the classroom, the science lab, the playing field or the stage — everywhere, in short, where there are valuable life-lessons to be learned.
Data: 84 percent of recent girls' school graduates give their schools top marks for providing leadership opportunities.
Data source: NCGS Young Alumnae Survey (PDF)