As late as 1990, James Coleman remarked that that it was considered suspect to even study the question of single-sex schooling.
Below are profiles of the oldest girls’ school and the oldest boys’ school in the country.
Both are distinguished by academic excellence, and their respective leaders are resolutely committed to single gender as a vital part of the school’s program.
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Emma Willard – Founded in 1814 in Troy, New York, Emma Willard was among the first schools in the country to offer girls an academic curriculum.
Emma Hart Willard, a teacher, principal, author, and mother of four, determined to offer girls the same education as boys then received in their schools, and over the ensuing 193 years, the school—renamed for its foundress in 1895—has cultivated a reputation for serious academic study.
Susan Vincent reached into the cage and pulled out a small yellow bird, saying, “This is Kiwi.
He loved us, but he was lonely.” It is a lovely spring day in Spanish Harlem on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Vincent, a former children’s clothing designer turned award-winning high-school science teacher, is explaining some facts about the facts of life. It was a perfect way for the girls to learn something about nature, about birds, about”—she smiles, holding little Kiwi up—“about the birds and the bees.” It was, as they say in the field, “a teachable moment.” And for Vincent it was much more teachable because all of her 10th-grade students were girls.
The setting is so gorgeous that two movies were filmed here—ironically, telling the stories of boys’ schools: .