Why choose SJA?
The all-girl environment at St. Joan Antida High School (SJA) allows students to develop confidence, self expression, and the skills to create strong relationships. All-girl schools are a place where girls' learning, achievement, leadership, and self-discovery are the center of attention. At SJA, all leadership roles are held by girls!
Research shows that girls from single gender schools are more likely to excel in areas that are more male-dominated. Specifically, SJA allows opportunities for our girls to participate and excel in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs. According to the National Coalition of Girls Schools, "all-girl schools are leading the way for women in STEM." In all-girl learning environments there are no stereotypes about what girls like or where they can excel, which is why three times as many alumnae of single-sex schools plan to become engineers.
In all-girl learning environments, girls are free to find and use their voice and speak without interruption. At SJA, our students discover their potential without worrying about what her male peers might think of her. Finding her voice, building valuable relationships, becoming a confident leader, and excelling in academics is what prepares our students for the future.
At SJA, girls occupy every leadership position from Student Council and Student Ambassadors to Yearbook Club. Every aspect of learning is designed for girls, allowing more opportunities for our students to excel. A 2005 study conducted for the National Coalition of Girls Schools surveyed over 1,000 recent girls school graduates. During their freshman year of college, they were asked to reflect on their high school years and evaluate their experience transitioning into college.
- 93% reported they were very or extremely satisfied with the individualized attention they received
- 99% felt more or equally prepared to interact with faculty compared with their peer who attended co-ed schools
- 97% felt more or equally prepared for public speaking compared with their peers who attend co-ed schools
Research shows that in co-ed schools, girls are called on less, receive less feedback, and are less confident than boys. The atmosphere at SJA allows girls to take risks, engage in discussion, and develop confidence at their own pace.
A New York Times article stated, “Academic studies and countless anecdotes make it clear that being interrupted, talked over, shut down, or penalized for speaking out is nearly a universal experience for women when they are outnumbered by men.” However, girls’ school students are more likely to experience a welcoming, engaging, open and safe space to discuss and exchange ideas compared to their female peers at co-ed schools. Nearly 87% of girls’ school students feel their opinions are respected at their school compared to only 58% of girls at coed public schools.
A recent study shows that girls who attend all-girl schools have higher confidence in science and math-related fields compared to girls in co-ed schools. Specifically, girls school graduates have more confidence, are more likely to speak up, and have reported higher rates of being comfortable in their own skin. This means girls are free to be their authentic selves.
At all-girl schools, there are no assumptions about what subjects girls should like, there are no "boy subjects" and "girl subjects". SJA offers a variety of STEM courses including our very own RoboChix robotics team, which made it to the FIRST World Championships in 2018! Our goal is to empower our girls so that they can reach their full potential in all subjects and become the leaders of tomorrow.
If you've already taken a tour of SJA and your daughter is ready to see what a regular day looks like at our school, they can schedule a student shadow. They'll be partnered up with one of our ROAR Squad students who are trained to give tours to potential students, to go through their school day.