"Research and our experience as educators have proven that single-sex education fosters an environment in which children feel more comfortable and encouraged to pursue whatever subjects most interest them, without the effects of long-standing academic gender stereotypes. For example, girls are more likely to pursue STEM subjects when they are taught in a classroom with only other girls," says Bailey. “At the same time, we believe that it is necessary for children to develop the social emotional skills that are a product of a co-ed environment. Fostering a school-wide community through co-ed activities, assemblies, community service projects and extracurricular activities will allow the boys’ and girls’ divisions to interact and form bonds.”
And while the school originated in London it aims to work closely with students to develop competitive academic strengths in preparation for entry examinations here in the States. Students also have the chance to experience a unique dual offering of World History and Social Studies. In Years 1 and 2 (Kindergarten and Grade 1) children will explore multiple languages with the family choosing a single Language Track for Years 3-6 (Grade 2 to 5). British education also includes enrichment programs in music, art, speech and drama, dance and movement, and an extensive after-school clubs program.
While there may be many differences between the culture of Britain and the culture of New York, when you combine the best aspects of their educational systems, you simply can’t go wrong. For new Yorkers who hope to offer their children an international childhood, British education just may be the way to go.
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