Tips for Parents Considering Single Sex Education

The debate over the pros and cons of single education continues and more public schools start offering this option. Of course, most private schools continue their tradition of teaching girls and boys in separate classrooms and schools. Should girls and boys be taught separately? Are single sex schools better than co-educational? Does same sex education boost academic success? Several factors should be considered before making a decision.

  • If you’re thinking about single-sex education, be sure you realize all aspects of your child’s learning profile, including his interests, temperament, challenges and strengths. Take into account your family’s traditions, cultural values and priorities that can shape the goals you have for your child’s education.

  • Remember that single-sex education has to be an all-or-nothing proposition. You may want your child to attend a single-sex school only at certain stages of her development or because of temporary conditions in your community or school.

  • Before enrolling your child in a single-sex school, find out what type of “escape clause” (transferring to a co-educational class) is available. Maybe this approach is not available for your child.

  • If your child gets the same sex education, try to balance her social life with possibilities for her to interact with the peers of the opposite sex. Co-educational community groups, sports and extra-curricular activities are good opportunities for that.

  • Even if your child isn’t enrolled in single-sex education, understanding gender differences can help you set up your approach to homework, home rules and family activities.

  • If you are raising both daughters and sons, having some insight into gender differences can prevent you from making unfair comparison between kids of having unreasonable expectations of them.

Some parents don’t want their children to be in mixed-gender classrooms or schools because at certain age students of the opposite sex can be a great distraction. Some reports and research suggest that single-sex education can broaden the education prospects for both boys and girls. However, some scientists claim that single-sex schools limit the opportunity to co-exist successfully with members of the opposite sex.

You can compare the separate co-educational and blended schools, teachers and technology, and choose the best one for your daughter or son!