Benefits of Single-Sex Education

Why a Boys’ School in the 21st Century?
The International Boys’ School Coalition

In brief, boys’ schools provide:

  • A stimulating and safe learning environment that encourages full participation by boys in all activities (arts, athletics, community service).

  • promotes self-expression and a respect for the many different paths to manhood.

  • provides an atmosphere in which to explore sensitive gender and sex-related issues.

Educational programs tailored to meet the developmental needs of boys where

  • boys can gain confidence in their ability to learn without being compared to girls who mature more quickly and tend to enjoy more success in school.

  • books and curricular materials that excite boys can be integrated into all aspects of the school’s program.

  • boys have opportunities to be taught and coached by faculty (including a significant number of males) who have been hired because they want to work with boys.

  • boys can grow at their own pace and can “be boys” for as long as they need, protected from society’s pressure to get involved with girls before they are ready.

An environment free of cross-gender distractions in which

  • boys need not waste energy posturing or trying to live up to the gender stereotypes so prevalent in the media and society at large.

  • focus on academic tasks and achievement in extra-curricular activities can be paramount.

  • frank and direct communication foster development and growth.
    A setting in which boys develop strong bonds of friendship and camaraderie with peers and teachers so that

    • the impact of positive male role models can have its fullest effect.

    • a distinctive esprit de corps enriches the lives of boys. 

Links to articles

Literature of Interest

  • Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys
    By: Dan Kindlon, Ph. D. and Michael Thompson, Ph. D.

  • It’s a Boy! Your Son’s Development from Birth to Age 18
    By: Michael Thompson, Ph.D. and Teresa H. Barker

  • Real Boys
    By: William Pollack, Ph.D.