Elizabeth Falco, Canadian Liaison for The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS), challenges us to imagine a school where every student in the jazz band is a girl. The captain of the touch football team is a girl. The student council is made up of all girls. Girls win poetry contests and physics competitions. Girls are on stage and backstage.
They design robots, produce documentary films and paint expressive murals. They lead the environmental club and the Hip Hop class. They debate world issues and take on social causes with compassion.
This is what Falco, who is also the Head of School at The Study, an all-girls’ independent day school in Montreal, Quebec, witnesses every day.
She says that girls’ schools offer an environment where students don’t hesitate to ask questions, make mistakes, express their feelings or state their opinions.
“They are nurtured, empowered and celebrated,” she says. “Girls’ schools are successful in transforming the lives of young women because of their focused learning environment, their unique culture and climate and the endless opportunities for leadership development.”
All-girls’ schools are designed to cater to their students, their developmental needs and the unique ways in which they learn.
Teachers at all-girls’ schools are specialists of girls’ learning.
“In general, girls prefer communicative and collaborative approaches where connections are made with people and concepts,” Falco says.
According to Falco, teachers in all-girls’ schools are attuned to the socio-emotional development of girls and are able to shape the teaching-learning environment to meet the students’ needs and interests.
Removing the gender variable in the classroom helps teachers optimize each girl’s unique potential, Falco says.
Research provided by the NCGS shows that 82 per cent of recent girl’s school graduates are satisfied or extremely satisfied with the how well their schools instilled self-confidence and that 84 per cent give their schools top marks for providing leadership opportunities.
Girls thrive while taking centre stage. As a result, students who attend schools for girls are more likely to succeed at, and stick with courses such as math, science and technology, the NCGS reports.
“The single-sex environment allows girls to explore their true selves—to articulate their opinions and feelings in class, to create playful and silly skits at assembly, cheer loudly on House Days and take intellectual risks in their curricular and co-curricular programs,” says Falco. “Class time is spent focused on learning.”
High standards and support from both teachers and peers drive students to achieve. Alumnae of girls’ schools readily attribute their confidence and success to the all-girls’ environment and value the strong network of women they have established through their schools, according to Falco.
At all girls schools, the role models for leadership and citizenship in all aspects of school life—academics, athletics, arts and community—are girls. This sets high expectations for students and provides endless opportunities.
“Accomplishments—whether big or small, public or private—are valued by everyone. There are no glass ceilings,” says Falco.
“Girls have a strong sense of themselves and their capabilities and are determined to make a difference."
Elmwood School (est. 1915)
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]
|$13,500 to $25,660
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls||13500|
|$32,570 to $64,305
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls||32570|
St. Margaret's School (est. 1908)
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]
|$14,180 to $65,490
|Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls||14180|
Hawthorn School (est. 1989)
Hawthorn School is an all-girls school in Toronto that offers programs from toddler to grade 12. Our unique mentoring program is tailored to each girl to help them reach their full potential. [View profile]
|$12,500 to $36,500
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Homestay Girls Coed||12500|
Trafalgar Castle School (est. 1874)
Located in Whitby, Trafalgar Castle School is an all-girls day and boarding school inspiring students in Grades 4-12. For nearly 150 years, Trafalgar Castle girls have become women of impact. [View profile]
|$22,545 to $59,515
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls||22545|
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School (est. 1909)
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School is a Tier 1 school for girls in Kindergarten through Grade 11, located in Westmount, Quebec. For every girl who has a mind of her own, we have a school to nurture it. [View profile]
|$18,764 to $21,417
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls||18764|
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls||29900|
Odyssey Heights School for Girls (est. 2017)
Odyssey Heights School: starts at 9:55am with dance, yoga, or outdoor fitness; 25-35 Overnight OE3 trips are included in tuition, there's a "No Homework Ever!" policy; Equestrian curriculum, small group French, 1:1 iPads [View profile]
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Girls||27975|
The Bishop Strachan School (est. 1867)
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]
|$32,060 to $60,730
|Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls||32060|
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie (est. 1905)
École secondaire francophone privée pour jeunes filles située à Outremont, Qc. Les frais de scolarité sont de 4 500 $ par année. Elle offre les profils Éducation internationale, Danse-études et Musique-études. [View profile]
|$4,500 to $10,700
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls||4500|
London International Academy (est. 2002)
A Canadian Private Secondary Co-ed Boarding school, located in downtown London, Ontario. LIA offers academic courses from Grades 9-12 and is authorized to grant the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). [View profile]
|$9,200 to $41,900
||HighSchools Day Boarding Boarding Coed Boys Girls||9200|
Alpine Academy (est. 2001)
Alpine Academy isn't just a school, it is an experience that prepares young women for life beyond our campus. Students learn to engage in not only academics, but also family, community, and interpersonal relationships. [View profile]
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Girls||120000|
Buffalo Seminary (est. 1851)
Independent day and boarding school for college-bound girls. Our STEAM curriculum is unique, and creative, independent thinking is valued. Located in Buffalo, NY, girls access the best of city living. [View profile]
|US $21,900 to US $52,750
||HighSchools Boarding Day Girls||21900|
Trafalgar School For Girls (est. 1887)
Based in the heart of downtown Montreal, Trafalgar School for Girls is a diverse school community that challenges and inspires girls to love learning, build confidence and shape a better world. [View profile]
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Girls||18000|
|$5,000 to $5,700
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Girls Coed||5000|
Xyna International School (est. 2010)
Xyna International School offers programs from Gr 9 - 12 in Brampton(Co-ed) and 6-12 in Woodbridge(Girls only). At Xyna students have many opportunities to develop teamwork, communication and leadership skills. [View profile]
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Homestay Girls Coed||7000|
Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc (est. 1954)
In our all-girls environment, academic achievement in both official languages is the norm. A Joan of Arc Academy bilingual education prepares the women leaders for the challenges of tomorrow. Come and see the difference. [View profile]
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Girls||15750|
St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School (est. 1891)
Oakville's SMLS continues to be a premier independent school for girls Preschool to Graduating Year since 1891. "Millie" graduates take on the world with confidence and the knowledge that they can do anything. [View profile]
|$17,000 to $27,600
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls||17000|
|$16,795 to $52,814
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls||16795|
|$6,250 to $46,700
|Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Day Coed Girls||6250|
The Linden School (est. 1993)
The Linden School provides a challenging academic program for girls from JK - Grade 12. We create opportunities to discover the joys of learning and foster the development of critical thinking and physical well-being. [View profile]
|$15,400 to $20,950
|Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls||15400|
|$20,140 to $22,675
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls||20140|
Holy Name of Mary College School (est. 2008)
Holy Name of Mary College School in Mississauga, is an independent Catholic school for girls in grades 5-12 offering an enriched university preparatory programme. The average class size is 12 students. [View profile]
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls||17250|
|$32,750 to $59,875
|Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls||32750|