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Why an All-Girls’ School?

According to a National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) study, students of single gender schools, like the young women of Lauralton Hall, comprehend their value and capabilities in ways that have nothing to do with how a student looks or whom she dates. Students at all-girls’ schools learn how to take on challenges, eloquently and fearlessly express thoughts and opinions as well as participate in new academic, artistic, and athletic experiences. Single gender schools take a lead role when it comes to providing an accepting and encouraging atmosphere. This environment creates a sister-like bond and sense of community that helps students flourish. We’ve seen this truth evidenced firsthand over many generations of graduates.

Our declaration is a bit revolutionary—Lauralton Hall is a
high school community of girls, by girls, and for girls! 24/7!


Lauralton Hall is Connecticut’s first Catholic college-prep school for girls, founded in 1905 by the Sisters of Mercy. Our longtime commitment to helping young women succeed is a direct legacy of Catherine McAuley, foundress of our sponsor, the Sisters of Mercy. Catherine sought to care for and support young women through education. Lauralton Hall follows Catherine’s vision with 21st century teaching and learning.

It’s a fact.  Young women thrive and succeed in an all-girl environment. But don’t just take our word for it – take a look at the numbers!

  • 13% of girls’ school graduates major in math, science and technology while only 2% who attend co-ed schools major in those fields. Three times as many alumnae of girls’ schools plan to become engineers.
  • Girls who attend all-girls’ schools score an average of 15-22% higher on standardized tests than their counterparts in co-ed schools.
  • Nearly 100% of girls’ school graduates go onto college.
  • Nearly 75% of girls attending girls’ schools say that the experience taught them that women can accomplish anything, indicating that girls’ school graduates demonstrate more self-confidence and ambition, the cornerstone to success inside and outside the classroom.

With the camaraderie of friends and the
academic tenacity of faculty, there is nothing—
simply nothing—a Lauralton woman can’t achieve.


Simply put… girls' schools teach girls that there is enormous potential and power in being a girl.


For more information on girls’ schools and their benefits, please visit the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) website.

(Statistics from the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, including a 2000 and 2005 study
for NCGS by the Goodman Research Group of Cambridge, Massachusetts.)



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