Why a Girls' School?

The Girls' School Advantage

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  • Prepared to Succeed

When compared with their peers at coed schools, girls school graduates are better prepared for success in college and beyond. A new study commissioned by the National Coalition of Girls School (NCGS) concludes that, among other things, graduates of all-girls schools are more engaged academically and socially. This NCGS video captures the attributes, beyond academic readiness, that define Hutchison graduates and others who share their single-sex education experience.

Leonard Sax, Why Gender Matters

“There are NO differences in what girls and boys can learn. But there are BIG differences in the best ways to teach them.”

Dr. Kristen Ring, Head of School

“This report validates the great characteristics I see our girls exhibit on a daily basis. Yes, they are book smart, but they are also confident, critical thinkers - unafraid to speak their minds. I look at the upper school girls, and I am just so proud of the young women that they’ve become.”

Study: Girls’ Schools Graduates Well-Prepared for College

According to a recent national study by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)*, graduates of all-girls schools excel in various categories when compared to their peers at coed schools. Girls school graduates:

  • Have stronger academic skills
  • Are more academically engaged
  • Demonstrate higher self-confidence
  • Display higher levels of cultural competency
  • Express stronger community involvement
  • Exhibit increased political engagement

Based on the annual “Freshman Survey,” the long-awaited study is an update of a similar report in 2009. The new study once again identified some key advantages for all girls schools, including that the single-sex school students are more engaged academically and socially.


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  • References

    Fostering Academic and Social Engagement: An Investigation into the Effects of All-Girls Education in the Transition to University was prepared by Dr. Tiffani Riggers-Piehl in collaboration with the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at the University of California, Los Angeles. This data analysis is an update of the 2009 report commissioned by the National Coalition of Girls' Schools. 

    Additional research on the benefits of an all-girls education can be found on the NCGS website.