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Why Co-Ed?

Why Co-Ed?
Mrs. Jodie Shoemaker, Assistant Head of School

For years, many have debated whether same-sex or co-ed schools are better learning environments for children. Unfortunately, there is no conclusive research that identifies that one has a real advantage over another. Yet, there are some important benefits to a co-ed elementary school worth highlighting.

Co-ed elementary schools like The Woods promote positive self-esteem. Academics and learning are enriched when both genders participate in the learning process together. Students are exposed to each other’s thinking and experiences in the classroom. Diversity of thinking and experience can encourage growth and self-discovery.

Co-ed elementary schools also encourage the development of social skills and better preparation for a diverse world. Children will be adults in a world where both genders are present. So, it is healthy for them to grow up in the same environment. Co-ed schools provide boys and girls the opportunity to learn how to work together productively long before they enter the workforce. This is good preparation for what will be expected of them later in life.

Co-ed environments can teach students to have respect for the opposite sex and even break down gender stereotypes. Many same-sex schools emphasize teaching the way “boys learn” or the way “girls learn.” Gender does not predetermine how a child will learn or what a child will find interesting. Teachers in co-ed elementary schools like The Woods focus on the individual child, nurturing each one’s unique learning style rather than teaching in a prescribed method based on gender traits.

Our alumni are proof that a co-ed elementary school provides the learning environment necessary to prepare an individual to lead a life of significance regardless of one’s gender.

  • This year, 100% of our graduating class was accepted to their top choice high school.
  • Two-thirds of Woods graduates take honors and/or AP courses throughout their high school experience.
  • 70% of Woods graduates participate in high school athletics.
  • 86% of Woods graduates receive at least one award or formal recognition for their achievement in high school.
  • 5% of Woods graduates attend an Ivy League University, compared to a nationwide average of less than 0.5%.

The Woods has provided each student the tools that they need to succeed not based on their gender, but based on their individuality.