Why a Girls' School

Julia Morgan School for Girls is the first and only all-girls middle school in the East Bay. Research demonstrates that girls attending coeducational schools do not receive equal opportunities to excel academically and socially. According to the American Association of University Women, “curricula continue to reflect inequities, as materials by and about women remain peripheral, and teaching approaches continue to favor predominantly male interactional styles. Girls’ self-esteem and confidence...particularly with regard to math and science, drop precipitously during their middle school years, narrowing their later choices of course work and career path.”1

The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools demonstrates that in coed classrooms, girls often contend with:
  • fewer opportunities to participate,
  • pressure to conform to stereotypes,
  • lowered teacher expectations,
  • limited encouragement in math & science,
  • unequal sports opportunities, and
  • insufficient female role models.
In contrast, at a girls’ school, they discover not only equal opportunity, but every opportunity. Girls experience the freedom to speak up, ask questions, debate issues, and defend points of view. Girls fill every role at an all-girls school; they are the speakers, thinkers, writers, singers, artists, scientists, athletes, actors, and leaders.

Graduates of girls’ schools are more motivated and have higher aspirations than their peers at coeducational schools. Girls at single-gender schools plan careers in math, science, and technology four times more often than their peers from other schools. They typically will score 30% higher on SAT tests than the girls’ national average. In addition, almost 100 percent of girls’ school graduates go on to college and are twice as likely to earn doctorates.2

1. How Schools Shortchange Girls, AAUW, 1995.
2. Research and statistics published by The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools.
"When girls go to single-sex schools, they stop being the audience and become the players.”

-Drs. Myra & David Sadker, Failing at Fairness
    • Reflections on JMSG

"My time at JMSG was very important in helping me learn to think for myself and remain accountable for my beliefs. It helped me develop my leadership skills, as well as my ability to collaborate, and fostered my ambitious personality. Furthermore, JMSG helped me engage with the greater community and explore my imagination through unconventional field trips and retreats, something I would not have experienced at other schools."

-Kristina L., '09 and Harvard University '17

Girls School Grads Have an Edge

UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Studies recently released the results of a well-documented, national study which shows the statistically significant edge girls' school graduates have over their coed peers.