Why a Girls' School?
You know what you are capable of. So do we. Being part of an all-girls’ environment puts the focus on YOU so that you can discover just how far you can go.
“I didn’t speak up in class when I went to a coed school because I felt that guys would judge me. Garrison Forest’s all-girls’ environment has helped me to speak up, be more confident and try things I never would’ve before.”- Tessa '18At Garrison Forest, we are all-girls from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. That means that you aren’t looking over your shoulder, wondering what boys might think about what you said in class or at lunch. You are too busy learning and leading, trying new things, sharing your opinion or just being goofy with your friends.
Here, girls occupy every position—in student government, on a team, in club leadership and more. What girls think, say and do matters more than anything. And there is no better preparation for thriving and leading in a coed environment than discovering your authentic self and using your voice with confidence and power—exactly what an all-girls’ school provides!
“Girls’ schools should not be judged by the absence of boys, but rather by the presence—the self-assurance, poise and derring do—of the girls themselves.”
The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools
We make sure that our Middle School through Upper School girls get to interact with boys. We have lots of social and service opportunities with boys, from mixers and service and STEM days to performing with them in our annual spring musical. Everywhere else, though, the focus is 100% on you and your ideas and goals.
Subtracting boys from a girl’s school environment simply adds up to many more opportunities—and better learning—for the girls.
Nearly 80% of girls’ schools students report most of their classes challenge them to achieve their full academic potential vs. 72.3% of girls at coed independent and 44.3% at coed public schools.- Dr. Richard A. Holmgren, Allegheny College, ‘Steeped in Learning: the Students Experience at All-Girls Schools
More positive academic and behavioral interactions [were observed] between teachers and students in the single-sex schools than in comparison to coed schools.- U.S. Department of Education, “Early Implementation of Public Single-Sex Schools: Perceptions and Characteristics.”
93% of girls’ school grads say they were offered greater leadership opportunities than peers at coed schools and 80% have held leadership positions since graduating from high school.- Goodman Research Group, “The Girls’ School Experience: A Survey of Young Alumnae of Single-Sex Schools”
Compared to coed peers, girls’ school grads are 3 times more likely to consider engineering careers.
Nearly 50% of all women graduating from girls’ schools rate their public speaking ability as high vs. 38% from coed schools.
Dr. Linda Sax, UCLA, “Women Graduates of Single-Sex and Coeducational High Schools: Difference in their Characteristics and the Transition to College”
Want to learn more? Visit the National Coalition of Girls Schools.