Our home page www. The game of who likes who, who's going out with who, who's cool and who's not, is what's really important at most coed schools. 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 years, the school—renamed for its foundress in —has cultivated a reputation for serious academic study. Boys called out eight times as often as girls did. Both girls and boys have more freedom to explore their own interests and abilities in single-gender classrooms. Kathy Piechura-Couture, a professor at the Institute for Educational Reform at Stetson University in Deland, Florida, has studied children at the Woodward elementary school in Deland, which has had separate classes for boys and girls for three years. Central High School in Philadelphia, founded in , may have been the last all-boys public school in America when it finally went coed in Keeping the school single sex is very important to both the character-building and academic mission. Girls tend to be cautious about going into subjects or activities which are thought of as essentially boys' things, but in boys' schools boys feel free to be themselves and develop, to follow their interests and talents in what might be regarded as non-macho pursuits: However, both the ACER study in Australia just mentioned, and the Foundation study mentioned at the top of the page, both found no evidence to support that hypothesis. The weight of evidence generated by researchers who have come closest to being able to compare like with like in terms of school types suggests that there are numerous variables that influence academic attainment, most notably, the social backgrounds and ability levels of the intake. Single Gender Academies Pilot Program. The review found that roughly one-third of studies favored single-sex schools on measures of short-term academic accomplishment. Girls in all-girls schools are more likely to study subjects such as advanced math, computer science, and physics.