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Single-sex Education Shows Benefits

Carolyn Means - Tuesday, August 07, 2018

The Gurian Institute developed from the work of Michael Gurian who has written numerous books on how boys and girls learn in ways that differ from one another. Their recent e-newsletter referred to an article on this topic in Education Week, citing not only gains in test scores, but also those "soft skills" which are hard to measure but make life much better and learning more successful. In Dallas ISD comparisons were made between coed schools and all girls or all boys schools. The measurable gains in reading and math were clearly evident, yet the more impressive "gains" were summed up in the comments by the boys. In comparing their former coed school experiences, the boys reported that students in their current school were calmer and less disruptive, more cooperative and built friendships more easily. The boys said they liked the emphasis on leadership, forging stronger relationships and helping each other become better students and peers. For the all girls school, the benefits were greatest in the freedom girls found to explore math, science and technology. Single-sex schools in Houston include The Regis School of the Sacred Heart, (preschool thru 8th grade) and two high schools for boys - Strake Jesuit Preparatory and St. Thomas High School. We have three high schools for girls - Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Incarnate Word Academy, and St. Agnes Academy. St. Thomas' Episcopal School offers a coed program in Bridge and Kindergarten, single sex from grades one to eight and coed in high school. 


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