The primary advantage of a coed learning environment is social. “What matters most about school is social life,” says Rubén A. Gaztambide-Fernández, an assistant professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. When it comes to social development, co-ed schools in some ways have the upper hand. “There is a positive dimension in terms of the large number of opportunities for relating to each other across gender lines.” Gaztambide-Fernández adds that “These students confront gender on a daily basis, so they're able to develop more nuanced strategies for dealing with the opposite sex—strategies that will be useful later on in life."
A diverse social environment
In a co-educational learning environment, students are exposed to both male and female role models. They are also more likely to encounter a greater range of leadership styles, values and lifestyles. A 2006 study, “Perceptions and Attitudes of Students toward their Academic and Social Experiences in Canadian High Schools,” reported that they “offer students the opportunity to exchange a broad range of opinions and viewpoints with their peers since the schools comprise a mixed-gender student body."
It’s often suggested that the benefit of coed schooling is that it better reflects the environment that exists beyond the school walls as well as the subsequent environments—post-secondary institutions and professional life—that students will ultimately move into. That said, the same argument—that coed schooling reflects society at large—is also used in favour of single-gender schooling, namely that in the wider world boys and girls can be limited by the opportunities, expectations, or encouragements that are available to them.
Ultimately, the decision is based in the specific needs of the individual student. The demeanor, talent, and social aptitude of the student will play the largest role determining the best educational environment to enroll within, be it single-gender or coed.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How many Maritime coed schools are there?
There are 4 Maritime coed schools that are Our Kids trusted members.
How much is tuition at Maritime coed schools?
Tuition fees for Maritime coed schools range from $13,820 to $69,100 per year with an average tuition of $33,539 per year.
What’s the largest school?
Of the Maritime coed schools, the largest is Sacred Heart School of Halifax with 515 students in Grades JK to 12.
Are Maritime coed schools good?
We interviewed both parents and students. You can read reviews about Maritime coed schools on this page.
Is there a private school expo where I can meet with Maritime coed schools?
Yes. You can meet with private schools and education experts at the Our Kids Private School Expos held every year in September and October. These events are designed for both parents and students. Find event details and ticket info here.