Single-sex schools should be an option for children

March 19, 2013

Saying "yes" to single-sex schools is sage advice for today's educators and policy makers ("Maryland Should Say Yes to Single-Sex Schools," Mar. 11). The writer, Christopher Summers, provides powerful points about why students deserve a variety of school options. Current research documents the high academic achievements of girls and boys who graduate from single-sex schools. Equally compelling are the stories graduates tell about their personal experiences. Listen to what students at Garrison Forest School, an all-girls school from Kindergarten through 12th Grade, tell me, "I can be true to myself." "All the leadership jobs are open to me." "I'm not afraid of speaking my mind." "I can and I will excel."

I'll wager that I'd hear similar statements from any student enrolled in one of the region's single-sex schools, from the public charter Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women and all-male Bluford Drew Jemison S.T.E.M. Academy to the many independent and parochial schools dedicated to single-sex education.

What more needs to be said?

Whitney Ransome, Owings Mills

The writer is the director of The James Center at the Garrison Forest School and a co-founder of the National Coalition of Girls' Schools.

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