Every parent wants to put their children on a path to success, and sometimes we need to think outside the box to find the perfect path to that success. That path may be one that requires the family to look outside of the traditional public school realm to find an ideal learning environment where a child can succeed.
For some boys, a traditional classroom model can provide distractions and create unnecessary challenges as they are learning. That is why some families have chosen to enroll their sons in private all-boys schools, as opposed to the more traditional coed school.
Pros of all-boys schools
Tailor learning to boy-specific needs
Many experts agree that boys and girls learn in different styles. An all-boys school allows teachers to make slight but significant changes to the way they teach – for instance volume of speaking voice, frequent checks of understanding to maintain focus on the topic, incorporation of motion into learning activities and use of mild team-based competition. This is effective in increasing boys' engagement with the class material and their work ethic.
Building confidence in the classroom
Because boys tend to mature later than girls, there is sometimes a lot of stress on them at a mixed school as they are constantly being compared to their female classmates. An all-boys learning environment lets boys develop at their own pace, without the comparisons, and helps them build confidence.
Encourage participation in non-traditional subjects
There is a higher participation of boys in non-traditional subjects and extra-curricular activities at single-sex schools. At a mixed school, many boys shy away from joining things like choir or drama for fear of being branded as less masculine. At an all-boys school, they can worry less about fitting a gender stereotype, because all participants are boys.
Reduce pressure on the non-sporty
In mixed schools, girls tend to dominate student leadership, organization and academic honors. This means that boys tend to retreat instead into a more narrowly defined sphere of power where they can assert their own dominance-- almost always sports. This tends to disempower all those boys who are not naturally athletic. In an all-boys school, all the power -- and all the responsibility -- must rest with boys, and they respond well to that challenge.
Hopefully these tips have helped determine whether an all-boys education is right for your child. Click here for more information about St. Francis High School, or you can call St. Francis High School at (716) 627-1200