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The best private school (best on ranking) in my area is an all girls school (K-12). What’s the pros/cons of sending my daughter to an all girls school? My wife and I both grew up outside of the US and have not experienced single gender schools. Looking for any thoughts /personal experiences. Thanks!

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My sister went to an all girls schools and I have friends that went to single sex schools. There are significant benefits, tbh. Especially for girls. To be blunt, boys can be very dominating and assertive and can deny girls leadership roles and enforce stereotypes of male and female roles. In a girls school there is no question that all leadership positions (after school clubs, productions etc) will be held by girls. Additionally, I have been told that the absence of boys from the classroom mean that there is less showing off and distractions (because, statistically, most of the girls will be straight). Typically most girls schools have associations with local boys schools so there is plenty of time to integrate, they just separate them in the class room. Sadly some girls have said they were stifled by boys and really enjoyed the space to build confidence and fully mature. Obviously, plenty of bad experiences but thought I’d share the positive side of the story.

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You need to do a lot more work on your end to even figure out if you like the school. Admission to private school, even elementary, is kind of like admission to business school: both parties need to be very interested and agree there’s a mutual match. The school might be ranked the highest, but once you go on a tour and meet the other parents, you may realize you don’t actually vibe with it at all. This step is first and foremost.

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Lots of academic research out there on the benefits of single-sex education, but the TLDR is that women perform better in single-sex classrooms, and men perform better in mixed. So if you send your girls to co-ed, you’re effectively subsidizing men’s education at the expense of your daughters’! I went to a co-ed high school, it was fine; Went Seven Sisters for college - it was amazing. I don’t think it’s necessary to do both, but spending a few years building confidence without distractions i think pays dividends in the long run. Obviously, not all women are the same, so this is a personal decision and you should respond to your daughters’ opinions and experiences as well.

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I went to all girls high school and it was great. Still had plenty of boyfriends and friends that were guys but not as much drama during school. No pressure to make myself up to look great everyday either.

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What site do you use for rankings, US News, Niche?

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