Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Running away...
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I'm new to the whole school experience as my dd is only 3 and just in preschool. She's in a co-ed one now, but will be attending pre-K at a single sex school next year where she'll also go to elementary school. I live in an area where I have to make my decision relatively early as the schools (religious) fill up their classes early.
That said, when I did the research I was bowled over by not only the theoretical/research benefits to girls, but what I saw when I went to see the schools (and I looked at several...coed and single sex, as well as single sex classes within a coed school). The girls in this school were forthright, they said what they thought, they stood up for themselves, and they had confidence they would get the help they needed from their teachers. When I went to speak to the principal, she was on the phone arguing with the public district superintendent about getting special services for several of "her girls." This is the kind of advocacy I want for my daughters. And so far my research has told me that this kind of school facilitates a great, multi-faceted and integrated education -- I didn't see one classroom with rows of desks, etc. But I was most impressed with the girls.
I still really go back and forth about homeschooling, and I may yet do that road if things don't work out (especially as, being religious, we don't have as many educational choices in schools). But if these girls are a significant example of the quality of the school, I will be very happy!
"Now bid me run, and I will strive with things impossible." (William Shakespeare -- Julius Caesar)