Research confirms that girls who attend single-gender schools achieve an edge in the real world.

Atlanta Girls’ School uses girl-centered strategies both inside and outside the classroom to ensure that all aspects of the learning environment are best for girls.

At AGS, a girl speaks up because she’s not afraid of looking too smart. She offers her ideas freely and welcomes others to do the same. She becomes more confident and comfortable with taking risks. Strong role models help her discover her own strengths, and leadership opportunities from her first year forward give her the hands-on practice crucial to self-confidence. When a girl completes her AGS education, she understands who she is and is ready to thrive in mixed-gender educational, career, and social settings.

Girls at Girls’ Schools

  • Achieve a higher level of academic abilities, higher SAT scores, higher confidence in math skills, increased political awareness and activism, and greater interest in graduate study (Sax, 2009)
  • Earn better grades (Sugden, 2009)
  • Study physics, engineering, and computer science more (Kessels & Hannover, 2008)
  • Participate in athletics more (James, 2000; Weisfeld, 1982)
  • Exhibit less anxiety (Brutsaert, 2004) and participate less in high-risk behaviors (Curtin, 2004; Commerford, 2006; Bruce and Sanders, 2001)

Additional Resources from the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools

The research report, Steeped in Learning: The Student Experience at All-Girls Schools, is a comparative analysis of responses to the High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE), which was taken by nearly 13,000 girls attending all-girls schools, coed independent schools, and coed public schools. The girls’ responses provide unequivocal support for the value of an all-girls educational environment. Click here to learn more.

A report commissioned by NCGS from UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute confirms that girls’ school graduates really do have an edge. Download the executive summary or full report.

The U.S. Department of Education examines gender differences in rates of participation and completion of undergraduate education, focusing on changes over time. Download the report.

Read “Trends in Educational Equity of Girls and Women,” an article from the International Center for Education Statistics.

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