Why an All-Girls School
As the oldest all-girls school in the state of Connecticut, Sacred Heart Greenwich serves as a leading advocate for girls' education. We believe that single-gender schools provide the most powerful, transformative learning environments for students. Sacred Heart’s tradition of excellence in all-girls’ education dates back to 1801 and the founding of the first School in Amiens, France. For more than 200 years, students have been held to the highest expectations and have been encouraged to become confident learners, critical thinkers, and creative problem solvers.
The demands placed on women today highlight the continued need to develop in young women a sense of their power and ability. Current research clearly points to the effectiveness of single-sex education for young women. Graduates of girls' schools account for a significant percentage of women in leadership positions in industry, academia, public life, and the professions. Students describe their experience at an all-girls’ school as demanding, exciting, and life-changing. Their voices are heard and their accomplishments are numerous. They don’t need to fight for attention or for opportunities to lead. They are encouraged to focus on developing the very best in themselves, while pursuing challenging coursework. Students in all-girl classrooms confidently voice their opinions, ask thought-provoking questions, and embrace new learning experiences and opportunities.