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Top Benefits of Co-ed Private Schools

Sending your child to a school with boys and girls will encourage their self-esteem, social skills and
better prepare them for a diverse world where both genders play important roles. Co-ed environments
teach students to have respect for their opposite sex peers, expose them to different viewpoints, and
some say help to break down the gender stereotypes.

Social skills

72%

Coed students often demonstrate comfort in social situations, and 72 per cent of students say they
easily make friends of the opposite sex.

84%

84 per cent of students said they feel comfortable expressing their views in front of members of the
opposite sex and commonly report healthy self-esteem.

(Selecting an independent school: the benefits of the co-educational environment, 2006)

Students who are not given opportunities to work together to develop the skills needed to interact
with each other are often left wondering at the reason for their gender-segregated classrooms and may
struggle with the seeming inequality, says Penn State researcher Lynn S. Liben in The Pseudoscience of
Single-Sex Schooling, 2011.

Indeed, practice is the best way to master social skills that will help students solve conflict, problem
solve and work well in groups. Co-ed schools provide students with the practice they need to master
these social skills which better prepares them for success in university and the workforce.

Learning together in a co-ed classroom has many benefits for both genders. Whether at work or in the
home, men and women work together all the time. The world we live in is a co-ed world, says Paul G.
Kitchen, Head of School at Rothesay Netherwood School in New Brunswick. Women and men are very
different, but they have the same ability to make communities work. You have to live [in co-ed]
circumstances to truly learn this."

Diversity

79%

79 per cent of parents said they felt coed schools reflected the true diversity of society.

62%
62 per cent of students at coed schools feel they are able to participate in many activities with both
same sex or opposite sex partners.

(Selecting an independent school: the benefits of the co-educational environment, 2006)

By teaching students to deal with one another with dignity and respect, administrators at private
schools like Rothesay Netherwood School are aiming to show children that both males and females
contribute in equal (and equally-important) ways to the fabric of society.

The Benefits of Co-education


Co-educational schools better reflect the diversity of our society;
They better prepare students to succeed in post-Secondary education and to eventually enter
the workforce;
Students at independent co-educational schools feel comfortable about who they are and have
a healthy and positive attitude and self-image;
Most students in co-educational schools indicate,"it is easy for students at my school to find a
group that they fit in with";
Students in co-educational schools are more likely to feel safe in their school environment;
Research shows students in co-educational schools grow to be confident expressing their views
in the presence of members of the opposite sex;
Collaboration between the sexes in the classroom helps develop confidence in students and
they excel at university and beyond as leaders;
Girls at single-sex schools are no more likely than those at co-educational schools to participate
in class discussion;
Girls' perceptions of their abilities in maths and science are nearly identical, whether they
attend single-sex or co-educational schools;
Working together in the classroom and on homework assignments provides boys and girls the
opportunity to learn from each other intellectually, as well as socially;
Teachers in co-educational schools recognise that some gender differences in learning do exisit
and are skilled in catering for diverse learning needs in the classroom;
In a co-educational learning environment, students are exposed to both male and female role
models in staff and senior students;
The ancient greek philosopher, Plato, said that co-education creates a feeling of comradeship -
he advocated the teaching of both the male and female sexes in the same institution without
showing any discrimination in imparting education;
"There are no overriding advantages for single-sex schools on educational grounds. Studies all
over the world have failed to detect any major differences." - Professor Alan Smithers, director
of education and employment research at the University of Buckingham;
For both girls and boys, co-education provides a more realistic way of training young people to
take their places naturally in the wider community of men and women: it helps to break down
the misconceptions of each sex about the other and provides an excellent foundation for the
development of realistic, meaningful and lasting relationships in later life.
Advantages of Co-education

The ancient Greek philosopher, Plato, said that Co-education creates a feeling of comradeship.
He advocated teaching of both the male and female sexes in the same institution without
showing any discrimination in imparting education.

'A strong reason for co-education is that separating children for a number of years means they
will not be mixing and learning about each other.' - Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor
of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow at Trinity
College, Cambridge.

There are no overriding advantages for single-sex schools on educational grounds. Studies all
over the world have failed to detect any major differences.' - Professor Alan Smithers, director
of education and employment research at the University of Buckingham.

Boys' boorishness is tamed by the civilising influence of the girls; girls' cattiness is tamed by
the more relaxed approach of the boys. It's a win-win situation.' - Cathedral School parent

It s our experience that friendships develop in a very natural way in co-educational schools. This
happens because there are so many activities, societies and clubs in the school in which girls and
boys take part in a pleasant, well-supervised environment. Friendships develop naturally and
genuinely because the mixing is a by-product of the event. This friendly atmosphere continues
into the classroom allowing young people to express their views openly and assertively.

provides a more realistic way of training young people to take their places naturally in the wider
community of men and women.
It helps to break down the misconceptions of each sex about the other and provides an
excellent foundation for the development of realistic, meaningful and lasting relationships in
later life.
A co-educational school is also very successful in challenging sexist attitudes.

Many subjects in secondary school allow for considerable classroom discussion and debate. In a
co-educational school both the female and male perspectives will be explored in such
discussions and this is a very important learning experience for all

they learn that 'equality' does not mean 'sameness' - that men and women often have different
perspectives on the same issues and that each approach has a great deal to offer the other.

In academic terms it should be noted that both boys and girls at the Cathedral School attain the
same distinction in terms of examination results: the percentage of A*/A grades at GCSE here is
equally high for both genders,

It indicates that neither gender is disadvantaged by the other, in fact the reverse is true, both
are enhanced by the presence of the other.
Advocates of single-sex schooling sometimes make hefty claims about the academic advantages
of such schools, pointing to statistically significant disparities in examination results. In truth
such differences may be due more to the socio-economic background of the pupils at the school
or the selectivity of the intake. In our own situation, the Cathedral School proves that co-
education can be extremely successful academically, and with all the social and personal
development advantages too.

Effects of coeducation
For years, a question many educators, parents, and researchers have been asking is whether or
not it is academically beneficial to teach to boys and girls together or separately at school.

Coeducation allows males and females of all ages to become more prepared for real-world
situations, whereas a student that is only familiar with a single-sex setting could be less
prepared, nervous, or uneasy.
According to advocates of coeducation, girls without boy classmates have social issues that may
impact adolescent development.
Girls may have lower, more traditional aspirations and may choose occupations that tend to be
more traditional in nature as opposed to science-related occupations.
The absence of the opposite sex creates an unrealistic environment not duplicated in the real
world. In classes that are separated by gender, male and female students work and learn on the
same level as their peers, the stereotypical mentality of the teacher is removed, and girls are
likely to have more confidence in the classroom than they would in a coeducational class.