Why a Girls' School
Studies show that graduates of girls' schools are 6x more likely to pursue careers in STEM fields. Forty-eight percent of girls' school alumnae rate themselves great at math compared to 37% of girls in coed schools. At the start of college, girls' school alumnae rate their confidence in mathematics 10% higher than their coed counterparts.
UCLA research shows three times as many alumnae of single gender schools plan to become engineers. At the start of college girls' school alumnae rate their confidence in computer skills 10% higher than do their coed counterparts. Our Robotics Club at Woodlands consistently ranks among the top teams in the state.
Political dialogue thrives in single gender schools. Nearly 60% of girls' school graduates compared with 47.7 % of coed graduates actively participate in political discussions both in the classroom and among friends. These young women view staying current with world affairs essential. This passion combined with Sacred Heart Goal III: Students commit themselves to social awareness which impels to action ensures Woodlands' graduates are both prepared and dedicated to Change the World.
The benefits of a girls' school do not come from separating girls from the boys, but from the ability of a girls' school to focus entirely on the education, development, and well-being of girls.
At Woodlands girls learn experientially that they have no limits. They are president of student government, captains of sports teams, editors of publications, president of robotics, leading actress in the spring musical, in addition, to holding every other leadership position in the school. They are future engineers, novelists, physicians and any other professions they so choose.
Of course girls can compete successfully in a coeducational environment . A girls' school education is not about eliminating competition but about creating a customized learning environment for girls to excel.
They are learning everyday, not only math and science, but their value, potential and power.
Research supports girls' school graduates are more prepared for college, are more likely to pursue higher educational degrees, and have higher career aspirations.
A growing body of research during the past decade has documented what all-girls’ school educators have long understood: All-girls’ schools give young women the best education to succeed in college and the world beyond.