The All-Girls Advantage
As one of the oldest all-girls high schools in the state, Sacred Heart Academy has a long history of empowering and inspiring female leaders. For nearly 150 years, we have been teaching our young women to become critical thinkers, confident communicators, and civic-minded collaborators. At all-girls schools like Sacred Heart, every leadership position is held by a girl. Every team captain is a girl. Every member of the Math Club or Robotics team is a girl. Every hand raised in a classroom belongs to a girl. We believe the best place for a young woman to find her voice – and learn how to use it – is at an all-girls school.
Our students are encouraged to focus on developing the very best in themselves, while engaging in a challenging curriculum. Students in our all-girl classrooms confidently voice their opinions, ask thought-provoking questions, and embrace new learning experiences and opportunities without fear.
Current research clearly points to the effectiveness of single-sex education for young women.
According to the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS):
- At their heart, girls’ schools are places of leadership. Places where community and collaboration, agency and self-efficacy flourish. But most of all, girls’ schools are places of incredible innovation.
- Girls’ schools foster girls’ voices and encourage girls to exercise their voice at a young age. At girls’ schools, students are encouraged – really, expected – to speak their minds, without interruption. A national survey found that nearly 87% of girls’ school students feel their voices – their opinions – are respected compared to 58% of girls at coed schools.
- All-girls schools do not shelter their students from the real world. To the contrary, the greater sense of respect that girls feel at girls’ schools enables them to better find and use their voices, first in the classroom, and then beyond in boardrooms, on the political stage, or in any other arena.
- Graduates of girls’ schools are six times more likely to consider majoring in math, science, and technology and three times more likely to consider engineering compared to girls who attended coed schools.”