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Do single-sex schools improve the education of low-income and minority students?

What you will find in this guide


Single-sex education, also known as single-gender education, is the practice of conducting education where male and female students attend separate classes or in separate buildings or schools. The practice was common before the nineteenth century, particularly in secondary education and higher education. Single-sex education in many cultures is advocated on the basis of tradition as well as religion, and is practiced in many parts of the world. Recently, there has been a surge of interest and establishment of single-sex schools due to educational research.[1]

More educators are embracing the idea that the educational and social challenges confronting males, in particular Black and Latino males, can be solved, or at least ameliorated, through single-sex education (Noguera, 2012). Once relegated to the realm of private and parochial, single-sex education is rapidly gaining popularity in public schools. The United States had only two single-sex public schools in the 1990s, according to the New York Times (Ward, 2012). In the 2011-2012 school year, more than 500 public schools in the United States offered single-sex educational opportunities (National Association for Single Sex Public Education, 2011). [2]

Within this guide you will find resources from the SERC Library collections, as well as available articles.  For this guide we have chosen to include only those resources most directly related to the subject matter and only the most current resources. 

 1. Riordan. C. (2009). The Effects of Single Sex Schools: Alced. Argentina 
  2. Johnson. J. (2013). Single Sex Education: The Connecticut Context, Technical Report, SERC


Resources and listings in this LibGuide do not indicate approval or endorsement by SERC or the Connecticut State Department of Education.  The listings are provided solely as a resource of general information.

Senior Library Associate

A Special Thank You!

I would like to extend special thanks to my SERC colleagues, Sean Kavanaugh and Joseph Johnson, for their contributions to this LibGuide.