St. Mary's focuses on the complete education and individual success of each student, while encouraging and developing honest, compassionate, and self-confident young women.
Many parents ask, "Doesn't my daughter need to go to school with boys in order to grow up into a normal, well balanced young woman?" Our answer, based on recent research and on our own experience of a century and a half, is that she does not need boys in the classroom to become a balanced young woman.
In a coeducational setting, boys tend to dominate. Studies have shown that in coed schools, girls speak three times less often in class than boys. In a single-sex setting, girls are more spontaneous, gain greater self-confidence, and explore a growing sense of self-awareness.
At St. Mary's, the girls are the captains, the leaders, and have all the starring roles. They are free to be smart, and they are free to be themselves. At St. Mary's, our experience speaks for itself; our students matriculate to some of the finest colleges and universities in the country.
St. Mary's is a member of the National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS) which provides the following information as the result of several recent surveys:
- Nearly 100% of girls' school graduates go on to college.
- Almost one-half of 700 graduating seniors at girls' schools planned to pursue math, science, business, or engineering degrees in college.
- Seven out of 10 graduates cite academic quality and career preparation as the major benefits of a girls'-school education.
- Girls at single-gender schools are more academically oriented than their coeducational counterparts.
- Juniors and seniors have significantly higher self-esteem than their counterparts in coeducational schools.
- Girls in girls' schools have a more active orientation toward life, leadership, and relationships.
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