Boarding schools for girls aren’t always the first thought that comes to mind when considering options for high school. However, many girls can greatly benefit from an all girls boarding school experience.
Some girls just can't fully achieve their true potential in a coed environment. The group dynamics of a coed school can be complicated for teenagers, with social expectations and peer pressure. For a girl who isn’t quite sure of herself yet or a girl who is overly focused on gaining the attention of boys, a single sex school can be the perfect solution.
Less Focus on Social Norms can Lead to High Achievement
Some girls feel the need to conform to a social norm, particularly in the presence of boys. This can result in them either retreating and not participating in school and activities, or they may overly focus on things like fashion and social status. However, in a single sex environment, when all those potentially negative factors are removed, girls may be more likely to succeed.
In boarding schools for girls, where there are fewer of these distractions, girls who are specially attuned to social norms might take their studies more seriously or take on more challenges, like engaging in advanced courses or getting involved in leadership roles. They may also be more likely to participate in other activities in and out of school, including involvement in competitive sports or advanced arts studies.
Lessening of Distractions
Without the distractions of boys in the classroom, the girls are the leaders in every aspect of student life. They are the ones asking the questions, driving the learning experience, and leading the school.
Boys and girls mature at different stages in life, so separating out genders in school allows teachers to focus on the ways in which girls truly learn and teach directly to their needs. Boarding schools for girls often pride themselves on offering small class sizes, which means not only are girls learning from teachers using developmentally appropriate teaching methods, but they are also in small classes allowing for ample individual attention to ensure their success academically. There’s no hiding in the back row.
What do the girls say?
Check this out ... the National Coalition of Girls Schools reports that nearly 80 percent of students at all girls schools report feeling challenged and able to achieve their full potential. They also report that more than 80 percent of all-girls school alumnae rate their academic performances as highly successful, and state that they have more confidence than their peers at coed schools. Some graduates even say that their college professors can easily spot an all-girls school graduate thanks to their confidence and ability to perform in class, even at a coed college. Check out this article from Laurel, which is her personal account of life at a small boarding school for girls in Virginia and how it impacted her life.
Boarding schools for girls are often considered to be among the most supportive and empowering environments in which to live and learn. It’s hard to fully appreciate this atmosphere until you’ve seen it first hand, but the encouragement and inspiration that is available to students is unparalleled. Many describe attending an all girls school as being involved in a sisterhood, and these alumnae often come away with friends for life.
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