The Girls’ School Experience: A Survey of Young Alumnae of Single-Sex Schools

Author(s): Jennifer Beck, Dreolin Fleischer
Institution: National Coalition of Girls' Schools
Year of Study: 2005
The Girls’ School Experience: A Survey of Young Alumnae of Single-Sex Schools

The goal of this study was to examine the perceived outcomes associated with girls’ school attendance, with an emphasis on collecting data from alumnae at the end of their first year of college. Research study participants were asked to reflect on and characterize their girls’ school experience, their academic and career aspirations, and their perceptions of how well their schools prepared them for the academic and social transitions to college. This study found that NCGS member schools provided young women with high quality and rigorous academic experiences that prepared them well for the academic demands of college. Alumnae reported that their schools were to be commended for fostering a sense of community as well as self-esteem and individuality amongst students. In slight contrast to the very positive ratings associated with girls’ academic experiences and preparation, alumnae also reported feeling slightly less prepared for interacting with men, both in and out of the classroom. Students also shared anxiety that they were not prepared enough for the “real world.”

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