Julia Morgan School for Girls is the first and only all-girl middle school in the East Bay. The founding of the School was based on research demonstrating 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 in their competence, 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
Research published by The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools shows that in coeducational 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
Insufficient female role models
In contrast, at a girls’ school, girls find not only equal opportunity, but every opportunity. Girls experience the freedom to speak out, ask questions, debate issues, and defend points of view. Girls fill every role at an all-girl school; they are the speakers, thinkers, writers, singers, artists, scientists, athletes, actors, and leaders.
We know that girls at single sex schools flourish academically. In general, graduates of girls’ schools are more motivated, more accomplished, 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 will typically 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
"When girls go to single-sex schools, they stop being the audience and become the players.”
-Drs. Myra & David Sadker, Failing at Fairness
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. Read more.
"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, which is something I would not have experienced at the same level at other schools."