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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 percent of recent girl’s school graduates are satisfied or extremely satisfied with the how well their schools instilled self-confidence and that 84 percent 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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  • Toronto, Ontario
    Lawrence Avenue West/Avenue Road
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $33,850 to $61,900

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Havergal College 33850 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Buena Vista Road/Springfield Road
  • PS to 12 Girls
  • $13,960 to $26,960

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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Elmwood School 13960 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Girls
  • $18,000 to $28,430

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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School 18000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bloor Street East/Mount Pleasant Road
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $33,630 to $66,805

Branksome Hall is Toronto’s only all-girls, all-years International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Branksome Hall 33630 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
  • Toronto, Ontario
    York Mills/Leslie
  • NS to 12 Coed/Girls
  • $14,500 to $36,500

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.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Liberal Arts
Hawthorn School 14500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Day Coed Girls
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Spadina/St Clair Ave W
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $32,860 to $62,250

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
The Bishop Strachan School 32860 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge/St. Clair
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $16,800 to $22,600

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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
The Linden School 16800 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Whitby, Ontario
    Garden Street/Hwy. 2
  • 4 to 12 Girls
  • $23,450 to $62,490

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.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Trafalgar Castle School 23450 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $22,900

With over 120 years of excellence in all-girls’ education, our rigorous academic program is complemented by strong arts, design technology and athletic programs. Financial assistance is available.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Crofton House School 22900 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls

The Study  

  • Westmount, Quebec
    The Boulevard/Place Breaside
  • K to 11 Girls
  • $19,230 to $21,655

The Study, founded in 1915, is one of Canada's premier all-girls' school. Dedicated teachers offer a warm and stimulating bilingual mother-tongue environment from kindergarten to grade 11. The World Needs Great Women.

  • Day
  • Progressive
The Study 19230 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Westmount, Quebec
    Mount Pleasant Avenue/Cedar Avenue
  • K to 11 Girls
  • $18,763 to $21,417

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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School 18763 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Iris St/Woodroffe Ave
  • JK to 8 Girls
  • $15,750

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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc 15750 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Girls
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Mississauga Rd/Dundas St W
  • 5 to 12 Girls
  • $17,950

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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Holy Name of Mary College School 17950 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Montreal, Quebec
    Atwater/Docteur-Penfield
  • 7 to 12 Girls
  • $16,850 to $55,271

Since 1861, The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, the city’s only all girls English Catholic high school, has been graduating exceptional leaders. Grade 12 will be offered beginning in 2019-2020.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal 16850 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Boarding Girls
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $14,180 to $65,490

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.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
St. Margaret's School 14180 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge St./Eglinton Ave.
  • 1 to 12 Girls
  • $30,750

St. Clement's School develops outstanding women who are intellectually curious, courageous, and compassionate.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
St. Clement's School 30750 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Montreal, Quebec
    chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine/Avenue Claude Champagne
  • 7 to 11 Girls
  • $4,950 to $15,400

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie 4950 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
  • London, Ontario
    Richmond Street/King Street
  • 9 to 12 Boys/Girls/Coed
  • $11,000 to $41,900

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).

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
London International Academy 11000 HighSchools Boarding Boarding Day Boys Girls Coed


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