The St. Catherine's Advantage

There are many advantages in an all-girls education: enhanced leadership opportunities, instruction tailored to girls, and the increased confidence and desire to succeed. It's about more than simply separating girls and boys. It’s about a culture and climate — from strong female role models, to girls holding all the leadership positions, to girls-only classroom discussions — that truly empowers girls to excel.

The faculty at St. Catherine’s are experts in teaching girls. They recognize that girls and boys learn differently, and they’ve done their homework on the latest research about gender differences in brain development. This informs their teaching, and they know how to challenge and support girls to take the lead in classroom activities and rise to every challenge to express themselves decisively and without reservation.

The girls at St. Catherine’s have every opportunity to stretch themselves beyond gender stereotypes in curricula such as science, math and technology, and in athletics where we often field multiple squads in certain sports because many girls will try a new sport each season. Girls are what make St. Catherine’s an outstanding school.


Research backs benefits of girls' schools:

  • Nearly 100 percent of girls' school graduates go on to college
  • Seven out of 10 graduates cite academic quality and career preparation as the major benefits of a girls'-school education
  • Juniors and seniors have significantly higher self-esteem than their counterparts in coeducational school
  • 47.7 percent of women entering college from single-sex schools feel well-prepared in math, compared to 36.6 percent from coed schools
  • Girls' school graduates are three times more likely than their coed peers to consider pursuing a career in engineering
  • Women who attended single-sex schools tend to outscore their coeducational counter-parts on the SAT
  • 95 percent of recent girls’ school graduates said that having a career and profession was very or extremely important to them
    Information provided by the National Coalition of Girls' Schools and the UCLA Higher Education Research Institute


    The Girls' School Advantage: By The Numbers

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