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Top 10 reasons a single-gender education works for boys

In no particular order, these are some of the oft-heard reasons parents and students cite when we ask the question: “Why a boys’ school?”

Hands-on activity

Boys learn best when they are encouraged to move around and perform hands-on activities.

  1. Influential new research on boy’s development reveals what our teachers have always known: boys have distinct learning styles and social-emotional needs.
  2. National and international research shows a trend of boys’ declining achievement relative to girls. Increasingly, parents and educators are reassessing research findings that boys and girls develop and learn differently.
  3. A boys’ school specializes in educating boys. UCC teachers work hard to understand boys’ developmental needs at every stage. They know how to engage boys and challenge them academically while serving as powerful role models.
  4. Boys aren’t afraid to take risks when surrounded by like-minded peers. They tend to be problem-solvers and in a boys’ school they find a comfort level that allows them to ask questions without embarrassment. UCC’s environment frees boys from stereotyping and allows them to focus their energies on school work and building good relationships with teachers.
  5. Many boys are naturally competitive, physical in nature and inclined toward competitive sport. UCC gives them opportunities to have just plain old fun on house teams or flex their skill on top-tier competitive teams.
  6. Boys learn best when they’re encouraged to move around and perform hands-on activities. Many classrooms at UCC are equipped with special furniture and models meant to withstand and even promote active learning. This is a powerful tool for focusing active minds and channeling boundless energy.
  7. At UCC it’s common to find students participating in far more activities than they would have thought possible — in sports, the arts and community service. Boys are encouraged to try new things and explore different ways of expressing themselves. Co-curricular pursuits are a critical facet of school life.
  8. UCC’s Richard Wernham and Julia West Centre for Learning promotes a better understanding of how students’ learning needs differ. Students learn how to learn. Careful attention is placed on the development of organizational skills, learning strategies and study skills.
  9. UCC is a leading member of the International Boys’ School Coalition and the Toronto Boys’ School Coalition. These school partnerships share their knowledge and experience and are committed to the best practices in boys’ education.
  10. Lifelong friendships form at UCC. Alumni share an extraordinary depth of friendship and maintain a strong connection to the College.