Same-sex schools have existed for centuries, with all-male colleges, all-girls schools, and college prep schools. But this old idea is enjoying a revival as educators look for new ways to serve students in better ways. Many turn to same-sex schools and classrooms for a way to improve educational and behavioral outcomes, and some are met with success. Estimates range from to public schools in addition to same-sex private schools that have existed for years, sometimes decades and even centuries. Gone is the image of same-sex schools existing only as private all-girls or all-boys prep schools, as clearly, public schools are joining the fray with either completely single-sex schools, or classroom offerings with single-sex curriculum. Research on same-sex schools typically focuses on the benefits of singling out girls, as they are believed to be less well served by co-education.
Single-Gender Classes: Are They Better?
NEA - Research Spotlight on Single-Gender Education
The contentious topic of single gender classrooms is again in the spotlight with some policy makers considering gender-specific educational settings in public schools. Although some private schools already have this practice, not all agree that this is the best environment for K students. And although some countries still prefer single gender classrooms, the percentage of mixed-gender schools has increased. There are parents and sectors who maintain that there are more benefits single gender education offers while there are also those who say there are no specific advantages or setbacks proven.
Pros and Cons of Single-Sex Education
Placing your child in a single-gender school may backfire. Emerging studies suggest that gender segregation is ineffective and potentially detrimental. For most of the 20th century, single-gender schools were thought to be advantageous to learning because of the different learning styles of boys and girls, and fewer distractions caused by the opposite sex.
Census Bureau , from prekindergarten to senior year of high school, male students outnumber female students significantly in public school classrooms: 54 percent to 46 percent in pre-K and 51 percent to 49 percent from first grade to 12th grade. So with the disproportionate stats in the American classroom, is it beneficial to separate the sexes from each other? Much debate has centered around this topic for years.