Mayfield Senior School
500 Bellefontaine Street Pasadena, CA 91005
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At An All-Girls School
Girls Rule! Excelling in an all-girls environment
Mayfield students encounter strong female role models every day, and take on the school’s major leadership roles—from class president to Eucharistic minister—with pride. Studies have shown that students at single-sex high schools outperform their peers in a co-ed environment in all areas: academics, leadership, community participation, and personal development.
A UCLA study published in March 2009 also noted significant differences between single-sex and coeducational alumnae in the areas of self-confidence, political and social activism, life goals, and career aspirations. Among the report's key findings:
- Women who attended single-sex schools tend to outperform their coeducational counterparts
Mean SAT composite scores (verbal plus math) were 43 points higher for female single-sex graduates in the independent school sector and 28 points higher for single-sex alumnae in the Catholic school sector.
- Graduates of single-sex schools enter college with greater confidence in their mathematical and computer abilities
The gap in math confidence is most pronounced in the independent school sector, where 48% of female graduates of single-sex independent schools rate their math ability "above average" or in the "highest 10 percent," compared with 37% of independent coeducational female graduates.
- Confidence in computer skills is higher among female graduates of single-sex independent schools
Thirty-five percent of female graduates of single-sex Catholic schools rate their computer skills as "above average" or in the "highest 10%" compared with 27% of their coeducational counterparts.
The Girls’ School Advantage is the Mayfield Advantage!
Four reasons why Mayfield’s 2015-16 Student Body President, Claire Courtney ’16, believes in all-girls education:
“Confidence is the biggest thing. At Mayfield we speak up in class, we voice our opinions. It’s an atmosphere where we are not afraid to speak out.”
2. Supportive Community
“At Mayfield you can surround yourself with people who love and support you through high days and the low times. Our friendships are not about social gains but about support and similar interests.”
“Girls don’t compete against each other at Mayfield. But Mayfield, encourages us to be our best selves. We push for each other.”
“Our faith definitely teaches us that we don’t need to be perfect, that God forgives us. We have a safety net in God and our faith.”
Claire will be attending UC Berkeley in the fall, where she intends to major in Peace and Conflict Studies.
Download a PDF of the Single-Sex Education Report