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Which schools are "all boys schools"? Are public schools addressing the learning differences between girls and boys in their elementary years and beyond?

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You can view a list of all boys schools and filter your search through our school search engine.Some additional articles on benefits of boy's schools and personal student testimonials are available on the right hand side of the above linked page.

Private and independent schools are much better positioned to respond to the learning differences between boys and girls, according to Schoolhouse Consulting director Paul W. Bennett (articles by Paul Bennett). It all starts with the teachers and their willingness to be responsive to gender differences. You will find good to great teachers with the capabilities in both public and private schools. Having said that, you may be more likely to find teachers with the time and energy to actually deliver on that commitment in private schools.   

Within the Canadian independent school network the vast majority of schools are smaller in size and maintain much smaller class sizes, affording more opportunities for differentiated instruction and individualized programs. You will also find far more single-sex schools with a clear mandate to tailor teaching and learning to the unique learning styles of boys or girls.  That is why they tend to compare favourably when it comes to responding to what we know know about how boys and girls learn and what works best for each in the classroom.  

Several provinces and school boards have begun offering guidelines to teachers on male literacy but more needs to be done, including good teaching practices for boys and other remedies, according to an editorial by the Globe and Mail, which ran a series on "Failing Boys."

published articles on the new gender gap in education where boys now lag girls on nearly every measure of academic achievement in Canada and North America. In fact, the "feminization" of education may be disadvantageous to boys. Some feel more efforts went into helping girls learn while boys are forgotten.  

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