About Coordinate Schools

Research indicates that girls and boys learn very differently and St. Andrew’s Schools embraces those differences by offering separate classrooms to enhance the educational experience of both boys and girls. This approach, of having two single-gender schools in one family, is called “single gender coordinate education.”

Many are familiar with St. Andrew’s Priory School for Girls, which opened its doors in 1867, as a leading college preparatory program. In 2012, St. Andrew’s Schools Board of Trustees decided to expand to help fill a gap facing families and communities: the education of boys.

This move comes amid a growing body of research showing that girls and boys learn differently and develop at different ages. Those differences, experts say, have contributed to a widening achievement gap between male and female students, with boys lagging on report cards, test scores and college admittance, among other areas.

Proponents of single-gender education often cite a heightened student focus in all-girls or all-boys schools. When girls and boys do not need to worry about impressing the other gender, they have more energy and focus on learning. Single gender classrooms also tend to ignore stereotypes that girls excel in one field, while boys in another.