Why A Girls' School?
La Reina's unique environment allows every young woman the opportunity to discover her talents, nurture her passions, and explore her potential.
The benefits of single-sex education have been well-documented. Young women and young men learn differently, lead differently, and create community differently. It makes sense that all-female education would offer unique opportunities for teachers to teach more effectively, students to lead more boldly, and athletes and artists to be more daring.
Research and statistics show that young women who attended all-female high schools are more self-confident and more likely to hold leadership positions than their counterparts who attended co-educational schools. If you’ve ever met a La Reina student, you’ve witnessed the rewards of an all-female, Catholic education. Our students and graduates are uncommonly poised, self-confident, empathetic, compassionate, assertive, and successful young women ready to take on life's challenges and committed to changing the world in service to God and mankind.
On this page, you will find just a few statistics to illustrate what every La Reina girl knows in her heart - at La Reina, we help every young woman to be her best self.
In my time in college so far, I've learned a lot, but the most striking lesson is in the blessing La Reina gave me in an all-female education...I found my voice at La Reina. I learned how to speak up and speak out, how to take control of my own education despite many voices in our society hoping to quiet me. I will not stop until every other woman feels as empowered as I do.
Rachael Lee '17
"Girls at all levels of achievement in single-sex schools receive a … benefit from the single-sex environment in terms of heightened career aspirations – an effect unprecedented in any other portion of our study."
Dr. Cary Watson, Stanford University
Sex Roles: A Journal of Research
La Reina alumnae hold leadership positions in cities across the world and all manner of fields, including law, medicine, public service, business, entertainment, community service. La Reina girls lead.
"More than two-thirds of girls’ school graduates expect to earn a graduate or professional degree."
Dr. Richard Holmgren, National Coalition of Girls’ Schools
Steeped in Learning: The Student Experience at All-Girls’ Schools
La Reina alumnae report earning advanced graduate degrees from hundreds of colleges and universities and in dozens of fields. La Reina girls succeed.
"During the middle school years, girls show a decline in both their performance in math and their attitudes towards math. New research suggests that girls’ schools may mitigate the decline when compared with coed schools."
Dr. Carlo Cerruti, Harvard University
Exploring Girls Attitudes About Math
La Reina students score 58 points higher on the SAT math test than the California state average for all girls (and 103 points higher on verbal). And although boys outscore girls in math by over 20 points nationally, La Reina girls beat the national boys average by over 30.
"13% of girls' school graduates major in STEM fields compared to 2% of girls who attend co-ed high schools."
National Coalition of Girls' Schools
Over 40% of La Reina graduates over the last three years have majored in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
"93% of girls’ school graduates feel they were offered greater leadership opportunities than their peers at coed schools and 80% have held leadership positions since graduating high school."
Goodman Research Group
The Girls’ School Experience: A Survey of Young Alumnae of Single-Sex Schools
100% of student leadership positions at La Reina are held by girls.
Saint Julie Billiart, the founder of the Sisters of Notre Dame, instructed her teachers to “train up strong women” and that is exactly what we do. Time and time again, our alumnae share with us how they are leaders in their communities and in the workplace.
Read more from these experts about why single-sex education, and girls' schools in particular, provide an advantage.
- One third of female corporate board members of Fortune 500 companies are girls' school graduates.
- Girls who attend a girls' school are two times more likely to earn a doctoral degree.
- Girls in single-gender schools score an average of 15-22% higher on standardized tests.
- 25% of the female representatives in Congress are girls' school graduates (but only 1% of girls in the US attend such schools).
- Nearly 80% of girls' school graduates play competitive sports with a majority playing multiple sports.
- 80% of girls' school graduates hold leadership positions after high school.