Why All Girls?

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At Saint Mary's School we know girls and we know what they need to learn, grow, and thrive.

With a curriculum, and teaching and learning strategies designed to capitalize on the strengths of girls, Saint Mary's expert faculty guide girls as they find the courage to be themselves, explore new ideas, discover new interests, and grow as young women of intelligence, integrity, and purpose. 

What the research shows

Girls' schools support a culture, climate, and community that together generate high levels of personal and academic self-confidence and a can-do attitude. Research shows girls in single-gender environments move on to advanced courses more often than do girls in co-educational classes. They earn better grades and report that they have greater confidence in themselves and feel more positive about their learning environment. 

Graduates of all-girls schools have a definitive edge over their co-educated peers. In December 2018, the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) released the results of a study that shows statistically significant advantages for girls’-school graduates as they enter university. In the report, commissioned by the National Coalition of Girls School (NCGS), researchers concluded that 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.

Reflecting on the totality of the findings, the researchers noted, "these statistically significant results demonstrate differences in areas of critical importance in the twenty-first century for women as they enter university and beyond, thus emphasizing the contribution of all-girls schooling for women's success."

Visit The National Coalition of Girls Schools for information about girls' schools including 12 Fast Facts and recent research supporting the value of girls' schools.