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At an all-girls school, young women have the opportunity to develop a strong sense of themselves and their abilities in a comfortable environment with staff who understand the unique learning styles of girls and seek to surround them with positive role models.

In this type of atmosphere, your daughter can feel free to ask questions, express her feelings and state her opinions without the restrictions and self-consciousness she may otherwise feel in a co-ed environment.

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Many parents find that their daughters feel less pressure at a girls school than they would elsewhere. For many young ladies, boys are intimidating and girls feel a need to worry about their appearance in front of them. An all girls setting removes a lot of these stresses and allow students to focus on academics first and foremost.

Private girls schools also provide your child with a comfortable forum to discuss distinctly female issues. In a different kind of environment, talking about such things as female body image, expectations, and sexuality might make students feel uncomfortable. However, at all girls schools, the environment facilitates more openness and girls gain confidence.

Benefits of an all-girls education

One of the key advantages of a girls-only school is a sense of empowerment in all aspects of the curriculum. In the past society has dictated that certain subjects such as science or technology are primarily ‘boys subjects’, however when introduced to a single-sex environment, various studies outlined by the National Association for Choice in Education show that girls are more likely to explore non-traditional subjects and to try things they might not otherwise. Consider for a moment how likely it is that girls are willing to take a chance on a different subject when they’re surrounded by peers who have similar experiences as young women and who are surrounded by strong women role models.

According to NACE, teachers can also employ strategies in the all-girls classroom that might not work as well or at all in a co-ed classroom. They recognize differences in the way girls learn and instead of reinforcing gender stereotypes, as can often happen in a co-ed environment where those roles are intensified (what they call 'gender intensification'), they encourage and celebrate the diversity among girls with the understanding that some girls prefer sports and computer science just as much as they enjoy English and arts.

Additional studies have shown that girls in single-sex schools generally perform better than girls in co-ed schools, regardless of socio-economic and ability levels. The Goodman Research Group, who conducted The Girls’ School Experience: A Survey of Young Alumnae of Single-Sex Schools, also stated that 93 per cent of girls school grads are very or extremely satisfied with their school’s ability to provide individualized attention and 80 per cent strongly feel encouragement to develop their own interests.

Increased career aspirations

Single-sex schools often give students the confidence to pursue lofty goals both at school and in the work force. 95 per cent of recent graduates of all-girls’ schools said that having a career and profession was very or extremely important to them, and 78 per cent added that it was very or extremely important that they hold leadership positions in their professional lives as well.

“More than 80 per cent of girls’ school grads consider their academic performance highly successful,” says Dr. Linda Sax, UCLA, Women Graduates of Single-Sex and Coeducational High Schools: Differences in their Characteristics and the Transition to College.

Identity awareness and confidence

While many young girls are caught up in self-consciousness, doubt and cattiness, an all-girls’ school can provide an environment to foster sisterhood and self-expression. Girls are able to pursue areas of their choice, surrounded by strong role models to follow.

The National Association for Choice in Education states that, in contrast to boys, "girls generalize the meaning of their failures because they interpret them as indicating that they have disappointed adults, and thus they are of little worth. In addition, because girls view evaluative feedback as diagnostic of their abilities, failure may lead them to incorporate this information into their more general view of themselves." One of the advantages of a girls only private school is that it can adapt to this, recognizing that girls respond this way and give feedback accordingly.

Learn more about the advantages from Elizabeth Falco, Canadian Liaison for The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, in discover the benefits of all-girls education.

Criticisms of an all-girls education

Apart from the common criticisms that separating children into gendered classrooms is sexist and that it’s difficult to conduct sound research on the benefits of single-sex education, another important area of concern is that girls’ overall social development is hindered by a lack of interaction with boys.

However, a study conducted by Neville Bruce and Katherine Sanders called "Incidence and duration of romantic attraction in students progressing from secondary to tertiary education” in the Journal of Biosocial Sciences found that not only do girls at single-sex schools have just as many heterosexual friendships and relationships as girls at coed schools but that girls in single-sex environments have more control in their interactions with boys, have more autonomy in their personal relationships, and are much less likely to experience an unwanted pregnancy.

At an all-girls school students still have opportunities to interact with boys but they are much more likely to have a broader social circle that includes boys and whom they can choose to interact, instead of their complex social circle being a central focus as is often the case in co-ed schools.

Bullies at all-girls schools

In general, due to a number of factors such as individualized attention, lower student-to-teacher ratio, increased supervision, closely monitored technology, and supportive and inclusive learning environments, private schools have increased resources to better handle instances of bullying or problems before they escalate.  

Learn more about bullying in private schools.

Differences in culture at an all-girls school

The overall culture of a single-sex environment compared to co-ed is perhaps felt most strongly during a school visit. Where girls may feel more prone to getting lost in the shuffle or overshadowed by their male counterparts at a co-ed school, among a strong culture of women in the hallways and classrooms each student can feel free to stand out and be herself, empowered to excel throughout her day without the competition of boys.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Girls Private School

  • What is the school's reputation? Do you have references from other parents or girls at the school?
  • What is the school’s educational philosophy? Do you agree with it?
  • Why would you prefer an all girls education to a coed school?
  • How far is the school from where you live?
  • Did the tour of the school impress you?
  • Does the school have scholarships and bursaries available?

Plenty of all girls schools offer programs from kindergarten until grade twelve. And, some schools have both elementary institutions ("feeder schools") that are affiliated with middle or high schools.

Get more information on choosing a school, how to apply, and ways to pay for private school.

For a much more in-depth look into all girls schools, visit one of our annual Private School Expos. Here, you will learn about what you need to know to navigate the private school selection and admissions processes.

Series: Girls Schools


1080 Lucas Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia, V8X 3P7
Victoria
St. Margaret's School (est. 1908) is an independent school in Victoria, BC, offering empowering education for girls from JK to Grade 12. At SMS, girls don't just get equal opportunity; they get every opportunity. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $12,400 to $47,400 per year
525 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Westmount, Quebec, H3Y 3H6
Westmount
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School offers programs from kindergarten to grade 11 in Westmount, Quebec. Its average class size is 18 students. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • K to 11 (Girls)
  • $16,500 to $17,898 per year
21 St. Clements Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4R 1G8
Toronto
St. Clement's School develops outstanding women who are intellectually curious, courageous and compassionate. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 1 to 12 (Girls)
  • $26,675 per year
101 Scarsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2R2
Toronto
Hawthorn School for Girls is an all-girls school in Toronto that offers programs from pre-school to grade 12. Its average class size is 8 to 15 students. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Faith Based
  • PK to SK (Coed)
  • $12,100 to $17,300 per year
261 Buena Vista Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 0V9
Ottawa
Elmwood School is Ottawa's pre-eminent school for girls from JK to Grade 12. Our high academic standards, small class sizes and safe, supportive environment ensure that each girl is inspired to reach her full potential. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • International School
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $17,980 to $22,240 per year
10 Elm Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 1N4
Toronto
Branksome Hall is an all girls private school in Toronto, from JK to grade 12, including 62 boarding students. Tuition ranges from $28,590 to $30,590 for day students. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $28,590 to $30,590 per year
298 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1X2
Toronto
Located in Toronto, The Bishop Strachan School is Canada's oldest independent JK to Grade 12 day and boarding school for girls, welcoming students from Toronto and around the world. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • Reggio Inspired
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $29,470 to $53,400 per year
3233 The Boulevard, Westmount, Quebec, H3Y 1S4
Westmount
The Study offers programs from kindergarten to grade 11 in Westmount, Quebec. Its average class size is 12 to 18 students. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • K to 11 (Girls)
  • $16,618 to $17,613 per year
628, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montreal, Quebec, H2V 2C5
Montreal
École secondaire francophone privée pour jeunes filles située à Outremont, Qc. Les frais de scolarité sont de 3 500 $ par année. Elle offre les profils Éducation internationale, Danse-études et Musique-études. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • Sports
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • $3,700 to $8,850 per year
3635 Atwater Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, H3H 1Y4
Montreal
As part of the global Network of Sacred Heart Schools, we offer a first class education and graduate women of action with a sound moral compass. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Faith Based
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • $3,700 to $8,850 per year
365 Compton Rue E, Waterville, Quebec, J0B 3H0
Waterville
COLLÈGE FRANÇOIS-DELAPLACE is a private Traditional / academic boarding school in Waterville, Quebec. The school offers programs for grades 7 to 12 with enrolment of 200 boarding students. [view profile]
  • Boarding
  • Academic
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • $16,000 to $25,000 per year
1080 Linbrook Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 2L1
Oakville
St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School is a premier independent school for girls JK to grade 12. Millie graduates take on the world with confidence and the knowledge that they can do anything. Average class size 17. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • PS to UE (Girls)
  • $8,000 to $23,750 per year
2241 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5H 2K8
Mississauga
Holy Name of Mary College School offers programs for grades five to 12 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 15 to 18 students. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 5 to 12 (Girls)
  • $14,950 to $41,950 per year
1451 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 2H9
Toronto
Havergal College is an all-girls school in Toronto for students in JK to Grade 12. Preparing Young Women to Make a Difference Since 1894. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $28,600 to $51,000 per year
401 Reynolds Street, Whitby, Ontario, L1N 3W9
Whitby
Trafalgar Castle School offers programs from grades five to 12 in Whitby. Its average class size is 13 to 16 students. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • Arts
  • 5 to 12 (Girls)
  • $21,640 to $51,710 per year
3200 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6N 3E1
Vancouver
Crofton House School in Vancouver, BC is a university preparatory school with JK to grade 12 classes. Tuition starts at $16,000. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $18,360 per year
205 Bidwell Parkway, Buffalo, New York, 14222
Buffalo
SEM is Western NY's only independent day and boarding high school for girls. Our campus is located in the historic and bustling Elmwood Village neighborhood of Buffalo, NY. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • 9 to 12 (Girls)
  • $19,450 to $45,795 USD per year
4245 Decarie Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec, H4A 3K4
Montreal
Villa Maria offers programs from grades seven to 12 in Montreal. Its average class size is 28 to 32 students. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Varies per year
3495 Simpson Street, Montreal, Quebec, H3G 2J7
Montreal
Trafalgar School For Girls offers programs from grades seven to 11 in Montreal. Its average class size is eight to 22 students. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • $15,560 per year
660 Brownsey Avenue, Duncan, British Columbia, V9L 1C2
Duncan
Queen Margaret's School is an independent co-ed day school Preschool to Gr. 7 and all girls day/boarding school for Gr. 8-12 in Duncan, BC. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • $4,475 to $41,100 per year
10 Rosehill Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 1G5
Toronto
The Linden School provides a challenging academic program for girls in grades 1-12. We create opportunities to discover the joys of learning and foster the development of critical thinking and physical well-being. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 1 to 12 (Girls)
  • $16,200 to $16,950 per year
513047 2nd Line, Amaranth, Ontario, L9W 0S3
Amaranth
The Maples is a private IB school in Orangeville, ON from PS to grade 8. Tuition starts at $8500. The Maples offer daily French instruction starting in PS. [view profile]
  • Day
  • PK to 8 (Boys)
  • Varies per year
1080 Lucas Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia, V8X 3P7
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $12,400 to $47,400 per year
view profile
525 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Westmount, Quebec, H3Y 3H6
  • Day
  • Academic
  • K to 11 (Girls)
  • $16,500 to $17,898 per year
view profile
21 St. Clements Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4R 1G8
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 1 to 12 (Girls)
  • $26,675 per year
view profile
101 Scarsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2R2
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Faith Based
  • PK to SK (Coed)
  • $12,100 to $17,300 per year
view profile
261 Buena Vista Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 0V9
  • Day
  • Academic
  • International School
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $17,980 to $22,240 per year
view profile
10 Elm Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 1N4
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $28,590 to $30,590 per year
view profile
298 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1X2
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • Reggio Inspired
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $29,470 to $53,400 per year
view profile
3233 The Boulevard, Westmount, Quebec, H3Y 1S4
  • Day
  • Academic
  • K to 11 (Girls)
  • $16,618 to $17,613 per year
view profile
628, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montreal, Quebec, H2V 2C5
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • Sports
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • $3,700 to $8,850 per year
view profile
3635 Atwater Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, H3H 1Y4
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Faith Based
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • $3,700 to $8,850 per year
view profile
365 Compton Rue E, Waterville, Quebec, J0B 3H0
  • Boarding
  • Academic
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • $16,000 to $25,000 per year
view profile
1080 Linbrook Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 2L1
  • Day
  • Academic
  • PS to UE (Girls)
  • $8,000 to $23,750 per year
view profile
2241 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5H 2K8
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 5 to 12 (Girls)
  • $14,950 to $41,950 per year
view profile
1451 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 2H9
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $28,600 to $51,000 per year
view profile
401 Reynolds Street, Whitby, Ontario, L1N 3W9
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • Arts
  • 5 to 12 (Girls)
  • $21,640 to $51,710 per year
view profile
3200 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6N 3E1
  • Day
  • Academic
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $18,360 per year
view profile
205 Bidwell Parkway, Buffalo, New York, 14222
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • 9 to 12 (Girls)
  • $19,450 to $45,795 USD per year
view profile
4245 Decarie Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec, H4A 3K4
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • Varies per year
view profile
3495 Simpson Street, Montreal, Quebec, H3G 2J7
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 7 to 11 (Girls)
  • $15,560 per year
view profile
660 Brownsey Avenue, Duncan, British Columbia, V9L 1C2
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • $4,475 to $41,100 per year
view profile
10 Rosehill Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 1G5
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 1 to 12 (Girls)
  • $16,200 to $16,950 per year
view profile
513047 2nd Line, Amaranth, Ontario, L9W 0S3
  • Day
  • PK to 8 (Boys)
  • Varies per year
view profile

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