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Benefits of an all-girls' education

Elizabeth Falco shares how girls are celebrated and empowered

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Empowering our girls

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.”

Learning tailored to their needs

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.

Building a strong network of women

“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.

Shattering glass ceilings

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.“

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    St. Margaret's School (est. 1908)

    • Victoria, British Columbia
    • JK to 12 Girls
    • Day school (220 students)
    • Boarding school (130 students)
    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]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$9,500/program to $49,300Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day9500

    Branksome Hall (est. 1903)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • JK to 12 Girls
    • Day school (834 students)
    • Boarding school (66 students)
    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]
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$29,590 to $56,855Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day29590

    Trafalgar Castle School (est. 1874)

    • Whitby, Ontario
    • 5 to 12 Girls
    • Day school (125 students)
    • Boarding school (85 students)
    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]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$21,995 to $56,950MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day21995

    Alive Montessori & Private School (est. 2014)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • PS to 8 Boys/Girls
    • Day school (5 students)
    50% off the first three months for new elementary students. [View profile]
    • Montessori
    Accelerated$7,500 to $14,500Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Girls Boys Day7500

    Elmwood School (est. 1915)

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • PS to 12 Girls
    • Day school (370 students)
    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]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$12,956 to $22,980Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day12956

    Hawthorn School (est. 1989)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • NS to 12 Coed/Girls
    • Day school
    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]
    • Liberal Arts
    Accelerated$10,000 to $31,400Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Coed Day Homestay10000

    Heritage (est. 1984)

    • Provo, Utah
    • 7 to 12 Boys/Girls
    • Boarding school (115 students)
    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]
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$138,000 USDMiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Boarding138000

    The Bishop Strachan School (est. 1867)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • JK to 12 Girls
    • Day school (825 students)
    • Boarding school (80 students)
    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]
    • Traditional
    • Reggio Emilia
    Student-paced$31,740 to $60,130Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day31740

    The Study (est. 1915)

    • Westmount, Quebec
    • K to 11 Girls
    • Day school (385 students)
    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]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$19,230 to $21,655Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day19230

    Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie (est. 1905)

    • Montreal, Quebec
    • 7 to 11 Girls
    • Day school (1150 students)
    • Boarding school (60 students)
    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]
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$4,000 to $9,150MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day4000

    St. Clement's School (est. 1901)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 1 to 12 Girls
    • Day school (470 students)
    St. Clement's School develops outstanding women who are intellectually curious, courageous and compassionate. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$28,350Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day28350

    Odyssey Heights School for Girls

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 3 to 12 Girls
    • Day school
    OHS has three programs: Core Comprehensive, Pre-Professional Dance, and Equine Science & Equestrian Studies. Tuition inc. overnight OEE trips & riding lessons. School starts at 10am with 1hr of yoga, dance, or fitness. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • Montessori
    Student-paced$3,100 to $37,995 /programMiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day3100

    Queen Margaret's School (est. 1921)

    • Duncan, British Columbia
    • PS to 12 Girls/Coed
    • Day school (254 students)
    • Boarding school (94 students)
    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]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$5,325 to $53,600Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Coed Boarding Day5325

    Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc (est. 1954)

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • JK to 8 Girls
    • Day school
    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]
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$14,825Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Girls Day14825

    Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (BC)

    • Kelowna, British Columbia
    • 7 to 12 Boys/Girls
    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]
    • Traditional
    Student-pacednot providedMiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Homestay9999999999

    Holy Name of Mary College School (est. 2008)

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • 5 to 12 Girls
    • Day school
    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]
    • Progressive
    Accelerated$16,650 to $45,950MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day16650

    Buffalo Seminary (est. 1851)

    • Buffalo, New York
    • 9 to 12 Girls
    • Day school
    • Boarding school
    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]
    • Liberal Arts
    Accelerated$19,840 to $46,715 USDHighSchools Girls Boarding Day19840

    Havergal College (est. 1894)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • JK to 12 Girls
    • Day school (870 students)
    • Boarding school (50 students)
    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]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$31,725 to $58,000Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day31725

    Trafalgar School For Girls (est. 1887)

    • Montreal, Quebec
    • 7 to 11 Girls
    • Day school (140 students)
    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]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$17,995 to $26,000MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day Homestay17995

    The Linden School (est. 1993)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • JK to 12 Girls
    • Day school (115 students)
    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]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$14,000 to $19,400Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day14000

    Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School (est. 1909)

    • Westmount, Quebec
    • K to 11 Girls
    • Day school (320 students)
    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]
    • Progressive
    Accelerated$17,095 to $19,570Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day9999999999

    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal (est. 1861)

    • Montreal, Quebec
    • 7 to 11 Girls
    • Day school (230 students)
    • Boarding school
    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]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$13,764 to $49,492MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day13764

    Villa Maria (est. 1854)

    • Montreal, Quebec
    • 7 to 11 Girls/Boys
    • Day school (1400 students)
    Villa Maria offers programs from grades seven to 12 in Montreal. Its average class size is 28 to 32 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$4,175MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Day4175

    Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (ON)

    • Barrie Area, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Boys/Girls
    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]
    • Traditional
    Student-pacednot providedMiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Homestay9999999999

    Collège François-Delaplace (est. 1963)

    • Waterville, Quebec
    • 7 to 12 Girls
    • Boarding school (200 students)
    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]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$7,950 to $30,300MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding7950

    Crofton House School (est. 1898)

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • JK to 12 Girls
    • Day school (885 students)
    Crofton House School in Vancouver, BC is a university preparatory school with JK to grade 12 classes. Tuition starts at $16,000. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$18,960Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day18960

    Alpine Academy (est. 2001)

    • Erda, Utah
    • 7 to 12 Girls
    • Boarding school (70 students)
    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]
    • Traditional
    $120,000 USDMiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding120000

    York House School (est. 1932)

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • JK to 12 Girls
    • Day school (656 students)
    York House School provides an exceptional education for girls from JK to Gr. 12. We instill in each girl the belief and confidence that girls can do anything! [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • Reggio Emilia
    Standard-enriched$20,600 to $21,400Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day20600

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School (est. 1891)

    • Oakville, Ontario
    • PS to 12 Girls
    • Day school (550 students)
    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]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$9,000 to $26,300Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day9000