All-Girls Advantage

Overview

The All-Girls Advantage

How does an all-girls high school offer an advantage? Taking boys out of the classroom (but not out of the picture) allows St. Francis to create a unique learning environment and a community where girls take center stage and are encouraged to develop their own interests. Our safe and nurturing environment teaches girls to value themselves and their futures. We expect great things from our girls, and they exceed our expectations every day.

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What is Unique About All-Girls Education?

Leadership

At St. Francis there are opportunities for every girl to shine.  After all, every role on campus is filled by a girl – student government officers, club and ministry leaders, every role in the play and every member of our sports teams, orchestra, and robotics team. 

93% of girls’ school grads say they were offered greater leadership opportunities than their peers at coed schools, and 80% have held leadership positions since graduating from high school.

– Goodman Research Group  The Girls’ School Experience:  A Survey of Young Alumnae of Single-Sex Schools

Community 

St. Francis is not just a campus, but a home away from home. Girls form special bonds within their class but are warmly supported and encouraged by all students, faculty, and staff. Our graduating students consistently site the strong sense of sisterhood as the best thing about St. Francis High School.  

Mary Burky '18  “I think what makes St. Francis special is the all-girl environment, because everyone is able to be themselves”  Mary Burky ‘18

Academics

St. Francis has a culture of achievement in which academic progress is of great importance, but the discovery and development of girls’ individual potential are paramount. St. Francis students are engaged learners, speak up more in class, and have strong mentors and peer role models. 

  

Nearly ¾ of girls’ school grads consider college a stepping stone to graduate school.

–Dr. Linda Sax, UCLA Women Graduates of Single-Sex and Coeducational High Schools:  Differences in Their Characteristics and Transition to High School

 

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) 

St. Francis offers many opportunities for girls interested in STEM careers, from high-level science, math, and computer courses to distinguished faculty to an award-winning robotics team. And did you know that girls’ school grads are 6 times more likely to consider majoring in math, science and technology compared to girls who attend co-ed schools? And compared to their co-ed peers, girls’ school grads are 3 times more likely to consider engineering careers.

Sarah Huggins '18

“St. Francis is full of young women with the same goals as you, and full of people who want you to achieve your goals”.  Sarah Huggins ‘18

A St. Francis education instills a rare confidence and commitment that extends far beyond graduation—into college, career and community.

 

What About “The Bubble”?

Some people think that all-girls’ schools create an unrealistic environment that may render girls ill-prepared for co-ed life. However, at St. Francis our students have the best of both worlds – a uniquely nurturing and empowering environment from 8 to 3, plus rich and varied coed interactions. There are plenty of opportunities for St. Francis students to spend time with boys through athletics, the arts, and events with our brother school, Jesuit High School. St. Francis girls go to dances with boys, and they have a wonderful homecoming, prom, and senior ball. St. Francis students have a complete high school experience, heightened by the confidence and sisterhood that comes with an all-girl school.

 

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