Why Single-Sex Education?
An education of the whole person includes an understanding of why we are here and for what purpose, in addition to mastery of knowledge, tasks and skills. God formed us, male and female, each with a profound dignity and unique talents. The sexes, as designed and revealed to us, are good and are of equal dignity; their differences allow for their unique strengths and gifts to come to life in an integral and complementary way. The formation of young women and young men is best fostered during the adolescent years in the context of a single-sex educational environment and a supportive community. Among its many benefits, a single-sex environment provides appropriate and successful role models and promotes greater openness with other students and teachers.
Single-sex education also encourages focused learning removed from the pressures associated with the opposite sex. It cultivates individual confidence and more natural leadership opportunities. It fosters lasting friendships among peers and greater positive relationships with teachers, administrators, and students. The result is a community with shared values, equal dignity and enhanced academic curiosity, interests, and achievement. Therefore, Saint Gertrude High School and Benedictine College Preparatory, while embracing a common Catholic culture based on Benedictine values, maintain distinct single-sex academic and leadership programs.