Advantages of All Boys' Schools
With the number of single-sex schools in the U.S. expected to increase significantly over the next few years, advocates of this nationwide movement are emphasizing the benefits for boys, especially in the early years of school. But what are all boys’ schools doing differently and what are the advantages of this model? Here are six of the top reasons to choose an all boys’ school.
1. All boys’ schools focus on the specific learning styles of boys.
shows that traditional American elementary schools
favor the learning styles of girls. Teachers
expect students to sit quietly and listen, which
is simply not the best way for boys to process
knowledge, especially in the primary grades.
At all boys’ schools, educators design
lessons that focus on the specific learning
needs of boys. For example, teachers capitalize
on boys’ natural curiosity and energy
by incorporating movement and hands-on learning
tools into everyday lessons.
2. All boys’ schools let boys learn and grow at their own pace.
In an all boys’ environment, boys can gain confidence in their ability to learn without being compared to girls, who usually develop language and fine motor skills sooner than boys. Male students in kindergarten and the primary grades often lag behind simply because their brains develop at a different pace. When boys begin their educational career feeling behind, they may lose interest in school and learning.
3. All boys’ schools create an optimum physical learning environment.
differences between boys and girls go beyond
cognitive and developmental functions.
By taking into account certain physiological
differences, all boys’ schools can create
a physical environment in which boys are best
able to learn. Simple changes like keeping
a room cool and speaking in a loud voice can
help boys stay more alert and focused.
4. All boys’ schools engage boys in the learning process.
Because all boys’ schools focus on boys and their specific learning and social needs, students are more excited about learning. A 2008 study by the U.S. Department of Education found that students in single-sex elementary and middle schools were more engaged in academic activities, more likely to complete homework, and less likely to initiate classroom disruptions. The same study found that parents who switched their sons to all boys’ schools observed an increased eagerness to learn and compete academically.
5. All boys’ schools encourage boys to pursue a variety of interests.
Students at all boys’ schools feel more comfortable exploring a variety of subject areas than their male counterparts in coed schools, who can feel pressured to focus on stereotypical “masculine” subjects like science and math. Research shows that young men who attend all boys’ schools are more than twice as likely to study subjects such as art, music, and foreign language at an advanced level. This freedom also affects boys’ choices of extracurricular activities. In all boys’ schools, it is common for a boy to participate in arts, athletics, and community service.
6. All boys’ schools foster camaraderie and lifelong friendships.
Because students who attend all boys’ schools feel comfortable pursuing a variety of interests, young men find they have more in common and are more likely to view each other as close friends. Furthermore, all boys’ schools often have a set of core values, which serve to create community and form lasting bonds among students.
article was submitted by St. Catherine’s
Academy, a Catholic school with a military tradition
serving boys in transitional kindergarten through
8th grade. For more information
on their unique all boys’ program, visit
their website at www.StCatherinesAcademy.org
or call (714) 772-1363.