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At An All-Girls School

Join us at the NCGS Girls' School Advantage Event!
On Sunday, April 24 we invite you to join us at Mount St. Mary’s University for an engaging afternoon with leaders of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools to discover more about the benefits of an all-girls’ education.
National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS): The Girls' School Advantage Event
When: April 24, 2016, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Where: Mount Saint Mary's University, Chalon Campus, Hannon Theater
Address: 12001 Chalon Road, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Sign up here for this free and informative program!
Mayfield Senior School and a host of other girls’ schools will be participating in this program, where you will:
  • Hear from UCLA's Dr. Linda Sax about her groundbreaking research on the benefits of all-girls high schools.
  • Participate in a panel discussion with student leaders, including Mayfield Student Body President Claire Courtney ’16 and Shannon Larsuel ’16.
  • Have the opportunity to talk to Mayfield's Director of Admissions, Clemmie Phillips, and Mayfield student leaders about the Mayfield advantage.

Sign up online now! 

The Girls’ School Advantage is the Mayfield Advantage!
Four reasons why Mayfield’s Student Body President, Claire Courtney ’16, believes in all-girls education:

1. Confidence

“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.”

3. Non-Competitive

“Girls don’t compete against each other at Mayfield. But Mayfield, encourages us to be our best selves. We push for each other.”

4. Faith-Filled

“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.
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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.
Download a PDF of the Single-Sex Education Report