ERIC Number: ED491911
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
The Girls' School Experience: A Survey of Young Alumnae of Single-Sex Schools. Executive Summary
National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NJ1)
The purpose of this study was to examine the perceived outcomes associated with girls' school attendance, with a focus on examining alumnae perceptions of the effectiveness of their schools in preparing them for the academic and social aspects of college. Drawing on the responses of more than 1,000 alumnae representing 61 schools, the findings of the study are summarized in the executive summary: (1) Alumnae were very satisfied with their academic experiences at their girls' schools, and the vast majority would recommend others to attend their schools; (2) Alumnae clearly felt that their schools contributed to their self-confidence, and provided them with an environment that supported their development as individuals;(3) Alumnae gave their schools high marks for providing opportunities to develop leadership skills; (4) Alumnae felt they were more prepared for the academic transition to college than their peers who attended coed high schools; (5) Alumnae felt well-prepared for academic interactions with men; and (6) Alumnae planned to major in crucial fields such as business/economics or mathematics and the sciences in significant numbers. (Contains 7 tables.)
Descriptors: Leadership, Females, Single Sex Schools, Educational Experience, Womens Education, Alumni, Self Esteem, Student Development, College Preparation, Academic Aspiration, Career Choice
National Coalition of Girls' Schools. 57 Main St., Concord, MA 01742. Tel: 978-287-4485; Fax: 978-287-6014; Web site: http://www.ncgs.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Coalition of Girls' Schools, Concord, MA.