Preparing students academically, socially, and emotionally for higher education and life demands an environment that is reflective of the real world. The real world is coed, and Marist graduates are prepared to interact and work with members of the opposite sex both in the college classroom and in the workplace. This coed dynamic empowers students to grow as both individuals and members of the community
There is plenty of contradictory information about single sex education versus coeducation.
Some critics say that brains of boys and girls are wired differently, and thus they learn better apart from one another. However, neuroscientists have not found hard evidence that shows different learning styles for boys and girls. Additionally, segregating by sex during high school can make the transition to college more difficult for many students.
Others cite that the genders perform better in math and science in single-gender classes. There is little empirical evidence that single gender settings have better academic outcomes in these subjects.
In a coed school setting, both boys and girls take on leadership roles, exposing students to varied management styles and personalities. These interactions help to disprove negative gender stereotypes. Single-sex settings only allow for one gender to fill these roles, which is limiting to the experiences and growth of all students.
Sources: ABC News, American Psychology Association, Arizona State University Sandford School of Social & Family Dynamics American Council for CoEducational Learning, Dr. Lynn Liben; Penn State University, Science (journal)