Learn More About Girls' Schools

We believe that a great education system is one that provides families with diverse options, where every child can find a learning environment that enables them to grow and to thrive, both personally and intellectually. We continue to work to make an all girl education as accessible as possible to any girl who wants to learn here.

Each girl is different, and only she and those who know her best can be certain whether a girls’ school will be the right fit for her. We encourage prospective students and parents to explore the resources below to learn more about the opportunities and benefits that come with an all girl education. We can also arrange for you to speak with current and past SMS students and families about their experience at a girls’ school.

Websites

National Coalition of Girls Schools (NCGS)
The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) is a leading advocate for girls’ education with a distinct commitment to the transformative power of girls’ schools.

National Association for Single Sex Public Education
NASSPE is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of single-sex public education for both girls and boys.

Canadian Association for Girls in Science
The purpose of CAGIS is to promote, educate and support interest and confidence in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) among girls.

Serious Play for Serious Girls
Serious Play for Serious Girls is a not-for-profit organization working to preserve play and radically reduce Threats to Girlhood by improving the impact brands have on the lifelong wellbeing of girls.

Research and Reports

Women Graduates of Single-Sex and Coeducational High Schools: Differences in their Characteristics and the Transition to College, describes the results of a well-documented, peer-reviewed study which shows the statistically significant edge girls' school graduates have over their coed peers.
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The Benefits of Attending a Girls’ School: What the Research Shows, features reports and commentary from education researchers, as well as the latest NCGS alumnae research.
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The Girls’ School Experience: a Survey of Young Alumnae of Single-Sex Schools, presents the results of a 2005 NCGS survey of more than 1,000 young alumnae of single-sex schools, which examined alumnae perceptions of the effectiveness of their schools in preparing them for the academic and social aspects of college.
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The Threats to Girlhood report, identifies the issues, mindsets, factors, trends, and circumstances that impact girls’ lifelong health, wellness, happiness, and ability to succeed.
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The Case for Girls Schools report, explains how Girls’ schools help reduce Threats to Girlhood by overturning the gender stereotypes that limit girls’ lifelong potential…
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Videos and Documentaries

Miss Representation
Miss Representation, by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.

Sext Up Kids
Sext up Kids, exposes how growing up in a hyper-sexualized culture hurts our kids.

Girls Schools: The Solution, Not an Alternative
This video workshop, presented by Dr. Gloria Zemer of BlackDog Strategy Brand at the National Conference on Girls Education, was designed to ignite a movement and empower girls’ schools to make their case.

Articles

The case for single-sex: It lets girls be girls and boys be boys (Globe and Mail, 2010)

Why single-sex schooling has a global appeal (Globe and Mail, 2010)

Grads of all-girls schools show stronger academic orientations than coed grads (UCLA, 2009)

Boys and girls, separate but equal (Globe and Mail, 2008)

Where the boys aren't (Globe and Mail, 2008)

Schools get full marks for separating the boys from the girls  (Vancouver Sun, 2006)

Putting Single-Sex Schooling Back on Course (Education Week, 2006)

Books

DeBare, Ilana. Where Girls Come First. (New York: Penguin Group, 2004)
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Meehan, Diana. Learning Like a Girl: Educating Our Daughters in Schools of Their Own. (New York: PublicAffairs 2007)
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Salomone. Same, Different, Equal: Rethinking Single-Sex Schooling. (New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2003)
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Sax, Leonard. Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences. (New York: Broadway Books, 2005)
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Stabiner, Karen. All Girls: Single-Sex Education and Why it Matters. (New York: Penguin Putnam Inc., 2002)
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