Why An All-Girls' School?
At Sacred Heart, GIRLS are always at center stage. Every student leader, athlete, artist, speaker and musician is a girl.
Girls’ schools are more relevant today than ever before. At Sacred Heart,
our students describe their experience at an all-girls' school as demanding, exciting, and life-changing. Their voices are heard and their accomplishments are numerous, which means they don't need to fight for attention or for opportunities to lead.
Our girls are encouraged to focus on developing the very best in themselves, while pursuing challenging coursework. Students in all-girl classrooms confidently voice their opinions, ask thought-provoking questions, and embrace new learning experiences and opportunities.
“Girls’ schools are places where girls take center stage. Girls occupy every seat in student government, every spot on the math team, and every position in the robotics club. In fact, every aspect of a girls’ school – from the classroom to the athletic field to the academic program – is designed for girls. By subtracting boys, an all-girls education adds opportunities for girls… there’s nothing that can stand in their way. That’s the incredibly important message girls’ schools send to girls each and every day. We believe that message, embedded in the nature of girls’ schools, provides powerful, relevant advantages and creates the best environments for girls to learn, grow, and develop. At their heart, girls’ schools are places of leadership. Places where community and collaboration, agency and self-efficacy flourish. But most of all, girls’ schools are places of incredible innovation.”
~ National Coalition for Girls School
Sacred Heart All-Girls Track Record
Sacred Heart's all-girls' environment yields rewards that last a lifetime – among them our seniors' annual 100% college acceptance rate and admission to a consistently exceptional list of colleges.
Research & Beyond
A recent example of this research is the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies' 2009 report on single-sex schooling and the transition to college. The UCLA researchers found that girls' school alumnae start college with a number of significant advantages, including:
- 10% more girls' school graduates rate their confidence in math and computer abilities high at the start of college compared to their peers from coed schools
- Girls' school alumnae are 3x more likely than their coed school peers to consider pursuing careers in engineering
- Girls' school graduates rate their academic performance, public speaking and writing skills more highly than do coed school alumnae
- More girls' school graduates consider college a stepping stone to graduate school
- Girls' school alumnae report they are more likely to stay informed about politics and participate in classroom political discussions than do their coed school peers
Why all girls?
Ask these questions about your daughter's current classroom experience:
- Are girls actively involved, called on, and encouraged to participate equally?
- Do teachers understand and respond to the way girls learn?
- Are girls on the front lines of leadership?
- Are there women role models? Women in leadership positions on the faculty? In the administration?
- Does her school value and support girls' sports equally with boys'?
- Do girls persist and excel in higher level math and science classes?
- How well does the school listen to parents and encourage meaningful partnerships?
- What do other parents of girls say about the school?