Why All-Girls?

At McAuley, girls don't just sit in the audience. They take center stage in the classroom, science lab, playing field and theatre. Surrounded by positive role models and abundant avenues for personal growth and development, girls cultivate the leadership and confidence skills needed to pursue a world of endless opportunities.

Research
Recent research* reveals the strength in what McAuley has been providing for more than 60 years! Students in an all-girls learning environment are more likely to demonstrate:

  • Greater academic engagement
  • Higher confidence in mathematical ability and computer skills
  • Higher SAT scores
  • Greater interest in graduate school
  • Greater interest in engineering careers
  • Stronger predisposition towards co-curricular involvement
  • Greater political engagement

*Source: Fostering Academic and Social Engagement: An Investigation into the Effects of All-Girls Education in the Transition to University
Author(s): Tiffani Riggers-Piehl, Gloria Lim, Karen King
Institution: Higher Education Research Institute
Year of Study: 2018

According to the most recent U.S. Census, only a quarter of women make up the STEM field. Yet, at Mother McAuley, 100% of the young women take four years of science. In fact, in 2020, College Board’s Advanced Placement program awarded Mother McAuley with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for its work toward equal gender representation, one of only 818 schools nationally recognized this past year.