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]
|Standard-enriched||$12,956 to $22,980||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day||12956|
Branksome Hall (est. 1903)
Branksome Hall is an all girls school in Toronto, from JK to Grade 12, including 56 boarding students. Tuition ranges from $28,995 to $31,245 for day students. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$29,590 to $56,855||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day||29590|
Trafalgar Castle School (est. 1874)
Located just 45 minutes east of Toronto, Trafalgar Castle School offers world-class curriculum in a small-school environment that inspires and encourages growth. * Day and boarding * All Girls * Grades 5 to 12 [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$21,860 to $52,230||MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day||21860|
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]
|Accelerated||$10,000 to $31,400||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Coed Day Homestay||10000|
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]
|Standard-enriched||$9,500/program to $49,300||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day||9500|
Alive Montessori & Private School (est. 2014)
50% off the first three months for new elementary students. [View profile]
|Accelerated||$7,500 to $14,500||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Girls Boys Day||7500|
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]
|Student-paced||$31,740 to $60,130||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day||31740|
Crofton House School (est. 1898)
Crofton House School in Vancouver, BC is a university preparatory school with JK to grade 12 classes. Tuition starts at $16,000. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$18,960||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day||18960|
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School (est. 1909)
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]
|Accelerated||$17,095 to $19,570||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day||9999999999|
Havergal College (est. 1894)
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]
|Standard-enriched||$31,725 to $58,000||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day||31725|
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]
|Standard-enriched||$9,000 to $26,300||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day||9000|
The Study (est. 1915)
The Study offers a bilingual mother tongue programme in both English and French from kindergarten to grade 11 in Westmount, Quebec. The average class size is 12 to 18 students. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$18,415 to $20,735||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day||18415|
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]
|Standard-enriched||$15,875||MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day Homestay||15875|
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]
|Standard-enriched||$14,000 to $19,400||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day||14000|
St. Clement's School (est. 1901)
St. Clement's School develops outstanding women who are intellectually curious, courageous and compassionate. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$28,350||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day||28350|
Venture Academy is a therapeutic treatment and education program for students who may be struggling with ADHD, learning challenges, underachieving, behavioural issues, and a variety of clinical diagnoses. [View profile]
|Student-paced||$1||MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Homestay||9999999999|
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]
|Accelerated||$16,350 to $44,500||MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day||16350|
Queen Margaret's School (est. 1921)
Queen Margaret's School is an independent day/boarding Senior School for girls in Grades 8-12 and co-ed Junior School from Preschool to Grade 7 in Duncan, BC. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$5,325 to $53,600||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Coed Boarding Day||5325|
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal (est. 1861)
The pre-eminent All Girls English Catholic high school in Montreal, with 156 years of experience graduating young women of action with solid skills and tools for success. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$13,764 to $49,492||MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day||13764|
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]
|Accelerated||$19,840 to $46,715 USD||HighSchools Girls Boarding Day||19840|
Villa Maria (est. 1854)
Villa Maria offers programs from grades seven to 12 in Montreal. Its average class size is 28 to 32 students. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$4,175||MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Day||4175|
York House School (est. 1932)
York House School offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in Vancouver. Its average class size is 16 to 20 students. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$19,600 to $20,300||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day||9999999999|
Venture Academy is a therapeutic private school providing educational and clinical support services, individualized instruction and engaging interaction to get students back on track and restore confidence. [View profile]
|Student-paced||$1||MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Homestay||9999999999|
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]
|Student-paced||$14,825||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Girls Day||14825|
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 3 800 $ par année. Elle offre les profils Éducation internationale, Danse-études et Musique-études. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$4,000 to $9,150||MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day||4000|
Collège François-Delaplace (est. 1963)
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]
|Standard-enriched||$7,950 to $30,300||MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding||7950|
Heritage (est. 1984)
Heritage offers expert care for at-risk adolescents including those diagnosed with Mood Disorder, depression, anxiety, defiance towards authority figures and those on the Autism Spectrum. Learn more on our website. [View profile]
|Student-paced||$138,000 USD||MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Boarding||138000|
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]
|$120,000 USD||MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding||120000|
|Student-paced||$26,500 to $37,995||MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day||9999999999|