Single-sex education...I hear it's better, mostly from either all girl's or all boy's schools. I'm reading a ton of statistics about how girls in single sex classes score much higher than girl's in coed classes (75% vs. 59%), and boys (86% vs. 37%), Girls’ schools help counter gender-stereotyping in subject choices, girls in single-sex schools perform better than girls in co-ed schools, regardless of socio-economic and ability levels, and “When girls go to single-sex schools, they stop being the audience and become the players.” H is entering high school next fall and even though we thought she would stay at her current school for 13 years (K-12), she is starting to think about possibly making a change. It's a difficult choice for all of us. Our family is very loyal...to friends, to businesses we frequent, to family, to vacation spots, to pets, and to H's school. It's been a wonderful experience for her. We love the education she is getting, which I believe to be the best in Nashville. She has some great friends, good girls who are good students and athletes, and have great parents, so we've gotten to know them pretty well over the last 9 years. So thinking about leaving is difficult. The great thing is that if she does apply to another school, and doesn't get in (it's very competitive, with lots of students applying for very few spots), she could stay where she is and be perfectly happy.
I went to an informational meeting at the all-girl's school here in town, with no preconceived notions. I just wanted to get some information. I was very impressed. The women who represented the school (administrators, parents and students) were confident, poised, successful and strong...all things that I hope for H. She'll do a school visit and see what she thinks.