Why a Girls’ School?

— Pipsy ’16

“Going to an all-girls school was the best decision I have made this far in my life ... Foxcroft has given me the confidence to be myself, completely, and to not worry about what others think of me, especially in the classroom, where it matters most.”
Foxcroft isn’t just a school of girls. It is a school FOR girls. What does that mean?
  • We understand the way girls learn — and structure classrooms and lesson plans around that.
  • There are no boundaries or glass ceilings. High expectations for achievement in whatever endeavor a girl encounters are the norm.
  • We know that relationships build self-esteem and purpose in girls, so we offer endless opportunities for students to connect with each other and with adults via collaborative, connected learning experiences, in and out of the classroom.
  • Risk-taking is encouraged and students aren’t afraid to try because they feel supported by their teachers and peers.

The result? Self-confidence and an eagerness to take on whatever challenges lie ahead.

The Research Shows...


A study by the National Coalition of Girls' Schools shows that compared to girls at co-educational schools, all girls school students:

  • Have higher aspirations and greater motivation.
  • Feel more comfortable being themselves and expressing their ideas.
  • Are more actively engaged in the learning process.
  • Show greater gains on core academic and life skills.
  • Are, and feel, more supported in their efforts.

How do girls’ schools compare to coed schools?

A recent survey of nearly 13,000 students provides unequivocal support for the value of an all-girls educational environment. Responses to the High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE) revealed that girls attending all-girls schools are more likely to have an experience that supports their learning and appear to be better prepared for success than girls attending coeducational schools. Take a look below to see some specifics.

  
Source: Steeped in Learning: The Student Experience at All-Girls Schools.
Copyright 2016 National Coalition of Girls’ Schools
An all-girls boarding and day school in Northern Virginia, Foxcroft prepares young women in grades 9-12 for success in college and in life. Our outstanding academic program offers challenging courses, including Advanced Placement classes and an innovative STEM program. Our premiere equestrian program is nationally recognized, and our athletic teams have won conference and state championships. Experience the best in girls' boarding schools: visit Foxcroft.