The Advantages of Single-Sex Education

Few parenting decisions are as important as selecting a school for your child. As teens, we are at our most malleable and impressionable during our years in high school. But not all of us learn the same way, or at the same rate: research has uncovered significant differences in the way boys and girls absorb information. Tailoring education to the gender of your child provides a myriad of benefits, and these days, increasing numbers of parents are choosing all-boys schools for their sons. Here are some of the reasons why:

Boys learn differently.

Not only do boys’ and girls’ brains develop differently, they learn differently, too. Studies show that boys learn better when they are allowed to be active and hands-on, whereas girls prefer more interaction with their peers. At an all-boys school, teachers can focus on learning styles and techniques that are more effective for males.

The social pressures are much less stressful.

There is a tremendous amount of social pressure on boys and girls in a mixed environment, and those social pressures can have an impact on academic achievement. According to an article by Boarding School Review, during the adolescent years there is added stress on young men to interact with and relate to girls.  An all-boys setting removes this stress and allows for students to develop confidence without those social distractions found in the mixed classroom.

More freedom to pursue a wider variety of interests.

In the absence of social pressure, boys are able to break away from stereotypical male activities. Without these stereotypes, boys can feel more free to pursue interests such as art, music, languages, and community service. They also gain the opportunities to participate more actively in tasks and activities that are normally taken over by girls.

Years of educational and psychological research has proven that boys share some important characteristics. The Kiski School nurtures these vigorous qualities of curiosity, creativity, and confidence – which are too often stifled when forced to compete with the self-doubt that social pressures tend to create. If you want to learn more about how we designed our curriculum specifically for boys, you can contact us or schedule a campus visit!
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Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, independent, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States.  Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes Advanced and Honors courses, 12 varsity sports, and a community that allows boys to thrive through project-based learning and self-discovery. Kiski's beautiful, 350-acre campus is located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.

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