Helping your young teen find the right high school can be tough. There are so many options available, and it’s easy to lose sight of the important things amongst all the little details. One of the choices you and your child will need to make when looking at potential schools is co-ed verses single-sex education. There are many reasons Archbishop McNicholas prides itself on its co-ed learning environment, all of which come down to the firm foundation it provides its students for the future. Here are a few reasons a co-ed, Catholic education at McNicholas might be right for your child:
1. Gender Myths, Dispelled
The teen years are when boys and girls start seeing each other as deeper mysteries, and gender stereotypes often influence this perception. This is exacerbated when they don’t have the chance to develop real friendships with each other. At McNicholas, all students have the opportunity to build a community where everyone can see each other as full people—not just what they expect boys or girls to be.
2. Learning, Together
One of the pillars of education is peer support, and McNicholas is proud to encourage an atmosphere where boys and girls know they have plenty to learn from each other. No single viewpoint can capture all ideas or experiences: Through collaboration, McNicholas students are able to develop deeper academic, interpersonal, and spiritual growth.
3. Confidence for the Future
Finally, and simply put: Most colleges, and certainly the world beyond, are co-ed. Allowing teens the opportunity to interact in a co-ed environment in high school prepares them for the realities they’ll face when they leave. Moreover, it builds up their confidence in their own abilities, certain that their achievements came from their own hard work, not an innate talent based on their gender. This provide s them a solid bedrock from which they can further build their education and, eventually, career.
To learn more about whether or not McNicholas High School is a good fit for y our child, visit mcnhs.org or call at 513-231-3500.