Benefits of All-Girls
- Graduates of women’s colleges comprise more than 20 percent of women in Congress and are 30 percent of a Businessweek list of rising women in corporate America.
- Higher SAT Scores: Mean SAT scores for students who attend all-girls Catholic schools are 28 points higher than their coeducational counterparts.
- Girls’ school graduates are three times more likely than women graduates of coed schools to consider pursuing a career in engineering.
- More girls’ school graduates consider college a stepping stone to graduate school-71% versus 66% from coed schools.
- Higher Confidence in Computer Skills: 35% of all-girls, Catholic school graduates rate their computer skills as above average or in the highest 10% compared to 27% of coeducational graduates.
- Girls’ school graduates spend more time studying or doing homework, talking with teachers outside of class, tutoring peers and studying with others than women graduates of coed schools.
- Better Public Speaking and Writing Skills: 45% of all-girls school graduates rate their public speaking ability as high, compared to 39% of women graduates of coed schools. 64% of girls’ school graduates assess their writing ability as high as compared to 59% of women graduates of coed schools.
What our own girls and young women think:
As part of the strategic planning process, Bay View conducted focus groups with current students, alumnae, faculty, staff and parents. One of the questions centered on the impact of being educated in the all-girls environment at Bay View. Here's what our own girls and young women had to say:
Here, you’re not afraid to be smart.
Bay View girls are different than most girls anywhere else. I wouldn’t be the student, athlete or person I am today if not for Bay View.
We can be who we want to be and think what we want to think.
It’s just me with my best friends, all the time.
Want to learn more?
Here are a few highlights from “Steeped in Learning: The Student Experience at All-Girls Schools,” a comprehensive report prepared for NCGS:
Girls attending all-girls schools are more likely to have an experience that supports their learning than are girls attending coed schools (independent and public). In particular, students at all-girls schools report:
- Higher Aspirations and Greater Motivations
- Challenged to Achieve More
- Actively Engaged in Learning
- Prepared for the Outside World
- Comfortable Being and Expressing Themselves
- Greater Gains in Academic and Life Skills
When asked what motivates them, 94.9% of students at all-girls schools (compared to 93.5% of girls at coed independent schools and 86.7% of girls at coed public schools) agree or strongly agree they are motivated by their desire to succeed outside of school and 83.9% by their desire to learn (compared to 81.0% of girls at coed independent schools and 66.1% of girls at coed public schools).
An atmosphere of respect provides girls’ schools students the opportunity to share their views openly and learn from peers. Girls’ school students report giving and receiving respect at higher rates than do their female peers at coed schools. Nearly 87% feel their opinions are respected at their school compared to 82.9% of girls at coed independent schools and 58.1% of girls at coed public schools.
So, why all-girls?
The answer is simple; all-girls schools instill confidence, foster academic excellence, enhance aspirations, and encourage engagement in the classroom and extracurricular activities.
As members of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, we think there is no better place to find research about the benefits of all-girls education. We invite you to visit their website or stop by the Admissions Office at Bay View Academy to pick up some of NCGS’s materials.
Don’t Like the Gender Gap? Women’s Colleges Might Just Be the Answer, by Elisabeth Pfeiffer for the Huffington Post
Women Graduates of Single-Sex and Coeducational High Schools: Differences in their Characteristics and the Transition to College by Linda J. Sax, Ph.D., Principal Investigator for The Sudikoff Family Institute for Education and New Media and the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Commissioned by the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools.
Steeped in Learning: The Student Experience at All-Girls Schools, by Dr. Richard Holmgren, Vice President for Information Services and Assessment, and Chief Information Officer at Allegheny College. Commissioned by the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools.
You hold in your hands solid evidence of the effectiveness of girls’ schools, by the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools