The number of girls attending single sex schools has increased in South Australia as parents and their daughters discover the benefits of a single sex setting.
"Girls' Schools provide an environment for intellectual risk-taking free of embarrassment..." (National Coalition of Girls' Schools)
Research from the National Foundation for Education Research in the UK confirms that girls achieve greater success in single sex schools, are more likely to pursue pathways that meet their interests, become leaders and have positive attitudes about themselves and others.
Moving to secondary school is a very important step in your daughter's life. Moving to an all girls' school may be a very difficult decision to make. To assist you in your decision you may wish to consider that in a single sex environment:
We know that, generally, girls outperform boys consistently in terms of academic progress. Significantly, however, more and more research is showing that both girls and boys in single sex settings perform better than their counterparts in co-educational schools.
In an Australian study of 270,000 students, Dr Ken Rowe (Principal Research Fellow, Australian Council for Educational Research), found that both boys and girls performed between 15 and 22 percentile points higher on standardised tests when they went to separate schools.
The latest brain research confirms that there are large differences in cognitive, social and developmental growth rates of girls and boys between the ages of 12 and 16. The sequence in which each part of the brain develops in boys and girls is also different. It is a lot easier, therefore, for single sex schools to accommodate the specific developmental needs of students.
Current neurological research has also provided important insights into the workings of the human brain and how gender impacts on learning. At Mitcham Girls High School our teaching and learning programs are tailored to girls' learning styles.