At Father Ryan, we believe boys and girls learn better because they learn together!  They succeed together.  They lead together.  National studies confirm this.  
 
That's why as many girls as boys have earned Valedictorian and Salutatorian honors over the past 10 years at Father Ryan.  It's why the student leadership of our school---whether government, co-curricular programs and classes--has been consistently coeducational.

*National Association of Independent Schools

Studies also show gender inclusion has an impact in areas as wide-ranging as bullying prevention, academic motivation, and corporate innovation.*
Add in the benefits of boys and girls experiencing high school together, seeing each other as people, as friends to respect and learn from in a real world setting, and we believe there is a real COEDvantage at Father Ryan.


The Advantages of Co-education

  • The concept of co-education dates back to Plato's time. He stated that co-education creates a feeling of comradeship and advocated teaching both the male and female sexes in the same institution without showing any discrimination in imparting education.

  • In a co-ed school setting, both boys and girls take on leadership roles, exposing students to varied management styles and personalities. These interactions help to disprove negative gender stereotypes.

  • In a study that analyzed standardized math test scores from 86 countries, researchers found that math scores for both girls and boys were better in countries that have greater gender equality and have more women in the paid labor force. The data from this study also did not indicate that performance is any better in single-sex schools.

  • Segregating by sex during high school can make the transition to college more difficult for many students.

  • Neuroscientists have not found hard evidence that shows different learning styles for boys and girls.

Sources: ABC News; American Psychology Association; Arizona State University Sanford School of Social & Family Dynamics American Council for CoEducational Learning, Dr. Lynn Liben; Penn State University, Science (journal); American Mathematical Society, Jonathan Kane and Janet Mertz.