Single-Sex Education

All-girls schools like Presentation provide a rich learning experience in which a young woman’s attention is focused on her education and free of distraction.

In this safe, supportive environment, girls feel confident and aren’t shy about participating or trying new things. They evolve into authentic leaders in their classrooms, clubs, and community.

This unique education shapes graduates who have stronger academic tendencies than their co-ed counterparts in a number of categories. A 2009 UCLA study found that students at an all-girls school had higher levels of academic achievement, higher SAT scores, and more confidence in math and computer skills. They also show higher levels of political engagement, greater interest in engineering careers and more self-confidence in public speaking.

Additionally, a 2005 U.S. Department of Education report found that single-sex education for girls yields superior academic accomplishment, improved test scores and better long-term indicators for success. Nearly 70 percent of the studies compiled by this report found girls’ schools to be associated with higher scores on academic achievement tests, and 100 percent showed single-sex institutions to be associated with a superior climate for learning and higher career aspirations.

More from the UCLA study

  • Graduates of single-sex schools spend more time studying, talking with teachers outside class, tutoring peers and studying with others: 60 percent of girls-school graduates spent more than 11 hours per week on studies, as opposed to 42 percent from co-ed schools.
  • In math and computer skills, graduates of girls schools rate their confidence at the start of college 10 percent higher than do their co-ed counterparts.
  • Nearly half of female graduates of single-sex schools rate their public speaking ability as high, with just 38.5 percent reporting the same in co-ed schools.
  • In single-sex schools, political dialogue thrives: Nearly 60 percent of girls’ school graduates report discussing politics in class and with friends, as compared to 47.7 percent in co-ed schools.
"Women Graduates of Single-Sex and Coeducational High Schools:
Differences in their Characteristics and the Transition to College,"
UCLA Higher Education Research Institute, 2009