Why choose an all-girl education?
There is often a lively debate around the best manner to educate students. At St. Lucy’s Priory High School, we believe that providing a single-sex education is vital to providing a rigorous and enriching high school experience. Single-sex education is one of the fastest-growing trends in education in America today for good reason.
The support for single-sex education is fueled by numerous research and case-studies conducted around the country. From these studies, essential lessons have been learned. A report released from the American Association of University Women raised public awareness on the way girls’ self-esteem and interest in math and science pursuits plummet as they progress through their educational journey. A 2005 study conducted by Cambridge University found that “single-sex classes resulted in improvements in girls’ performances in science and math.” Further studies have shown that girls who learn in an all-girl environment are more likely to be comfortable responding to questions and sharing their opinions in class. These girls are also more likely to explore “male-dominated” subjects such as math, science, and technology. Single-sex education advocates believe that students in a single-sex school are more likely to take their studies more seriously, speak more openly in the classroom, and feel more encouraged to pursue their interests and achieve their full potential.
Attending an all-girls school does not mean there is no interaction with young men. Through events, sports, and activities with our tri-school community (Damien High School and Pomona Catholic), there is plenty of chances to socialize, but just not during classroom instruction time.
St. Lucy’s Priory High School is convinced that the woman of today has a large spectrum of interests as well as power for good, and offers the motto Lux, Veritas, Pax – Light, Truth, Peace; knowing that in each person lies the fullness of truth in Christ. St. Lucy’s is the place where young women grow into spiritual, educated, integrated, and collaborative women leaders of tomorrow.