Girls' Schools Leading to STEM Careers
Ask a student at an all-girls’ school what she wants to be when she grows up, and you just might hear engineer, astronaut, data analyst or coder.
Although women and girls continue to be underrepresented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers and majors, graduates of all-girls’ schools are changing that statistic. A recent study conducted by the National Coalition of Girls Schools (NCGS) revealed that girls’ school graduates are six times more likely to pursue majors in math, science and technology compared to girls at co-ed schools and three times more likely than their co-ed peers to pursue an engineering career.
At St. Catherine’s School, girls begin to foster an interest in STEM at age three. Early concepts of engineering, physics and computational thinking are introduced to the youngest students and continue to evolve as girls move through the grades to advanced courses in Upper School.
Our approach to educating girls
Girls shatter traditional stereotypes at St. Catherine's School. They design and build tall structures. They grab bugs in the community garden to examine their every move, and they test the laws of physics in the Imagination Station. They need to know why and possess a natural inclination for purpose in everything they do. We teach them creativity and experimentation before developing a concrete plan, ultimately building a comfort with thinking differently. We design our lesson plans to foster the natural collaboration that girls possess, and we allow each girl the opportunity to lead.