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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 needs to pursue a world of endless opportunities.


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: Sax, Linda. Women Graduates of Single-Sex and Coeducational High Schools: Differences in their Characteristics and the Transition to College. Los Angeles: The Sudikoff Family Institute for Education and New Media and UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. 2009

Single Gender Benefits

Girls put academics first.

All-girl schools create an environment of achievement where accomplishments are most important. Girls can be themselves in the classroom. What they believe and how they put their beliefs into action are more important than what they wear to school. Free of the pressures of competing for attention socially and academically, girls tend to study harder and are more serious students when surrounded and supported by their female classmates.

Girls enjoy not just equal opportunity, but every opportunity.

All the athletes, singers, writers, actors, artists, scientists are girls. All the doers and leaders are girls. At McAuley, girls don’t just sit in the audience – they take center stage in the classroom, science lab, playing field and theatre. Female mentors abound, whether they are faculty, staff or peers. Surrounded by positive role models and abundant avenues for personal growth and development, girls cultivate the leadership and confidence skills to pursue a world of endless opportunities.

Girls dare to take on and succeed in the real world.

Self-confidence is the key to transforming skills and knowledge into success. With healthy self-confidence, girls are prepared to step outside of their comfort zone and excel in any workplace or social situation. McAuley students view success and accomplishments as desired goals and are truly proud to see each other succeed. They develop lifelong friendships and support and encourage one another to become assertive, compassionate leaders in their community and the world.

Girls thrive when their learning styles take center stage.

All-girls’ education is more than merely separating the boys and girls. For nearly 60 years, McAuley has been providing what the rest of the world is just now discovering: that girls learn best when their education is valued; that girls lead strongly when it is their voice that is heard most loudly; that without the constraints of others, girls go everywhere and do everything. They take healthy risks and pursue their talents. As a result, graduates of all-girl schools are more willing to pursue and succeed in careers traditionally under-represented by women, such as math, science and technology.

Girls become leaders.

Leadership is an acquired skill. There are valuable life lessons to be learned everywhere, and at McAuley we teach our students to become independent thinkers and wrestle with critical questions, all the while instilling the confidence and ambition to develop into the leaders of tomorrow.

Statistics - All Girls v. Coed

Check out the stats comparing graduates of all-girls' schools with those who attended coed schools.

  • Stronger focus on homework and group study
  • 63% percent of girls spend 11+ hours a week on homework or studying, compared to 42%. 
  • Higher academic self-confidence and public speaking skills
  • Graduates consistently assess their abilities, self-confidence, engagement and ambition as either above average or in the top 10%.
  • More than 80% of graduates consider their academic performance highly successful compared to 75%.
  • Nearly 50% rate their public speaking ability “above average” compared to 39%.
  • Higher SAT scores
  • Graduates outscore their coed counterparts on the SAT, and mean SAT composite scores (Verbal + Math) are 28 points higher for single-gender alumnae in the Catholic school sector.
  • Higher confidence in mathematical ability and computer skills
  • Graduates arrive at college with greater confidence in their math and computer abilities. Nearly 50% rate their math ability “above average” compared to 37%.
  • Greater interest in engineering careers
  • Graduates are three times more likely to consider a career in engineering.
  • Greater interest in graduate school
  • Graduates consider college a stepping stone to graduate school (71% vs. 66%.)


"The greatest thing I learned at McAuley is to think outside the box and to look at things differently, and not to be afraid. McAuley was such a comfortable place. I've noticed in college that many girls are afraid to raise their hand, but my experience taught me the opposite. I was taught to be thoughtful about my response and how to engage in discussion and debate, and that has served me well in college."

Karen Spears '13
University of Missouri, Google Student Brand Ambassador

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