In spaces created specifically for them, girls can explore, nurture and showcase their emerging intellect and talents. Research shows that students at all-girls' schools have higher test scores, superior reading, advanced writing and science skills, more math and science college majors, more doctorates, and more graduates who pursue careers in math, science, and technology.
Young women leave girls’ schools with the tools and confidence they need to be successful, personally and academically, in college and beyond. University professors often say they can identify a girls' school graduate based on her confidence and assertiveness.
A recent study by the National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS), "Fostering Academic and Social Engagement: An Investigation into the Effects of All-Girls' Education in the Transition to University", focused a lens on how graduates of all-girls schools today compare to female graduates of coed schools in terms of their academic characteristics and readiness for university. The findings are extensive and speak highly of the work happening in our schools -- work that is setting up girls' school graduates to be confident and impactful twenty-first century community members, change-makers, and leaders. In summary, the researchers concluded that when compared to their female peers at coed schools, girls' school graduates:
- Have stronger academic skills
- Are more academically engaged
- Demonstrate higher science self-confidence
- Display higher levels of cultural competency
- Express stronger community involvement
- Exhibit increased political engagement
Girls’ school graduates are more likely than their coeducated peers to say they frequently sought alternative solutions to a problem.
These characteristics reveal a consistent portrait of girls’ school graduates who are more engaged academically and socially than their coeducated peers.