Local Families and Interested Individuals Invited to Participate in Feasibility Study – available at http://www.monmouthgirlsacademy.org
Rumson, NJ – (September 2011) – What do these prominent women have in common: Condoleeza Rice, Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Margaret Thatcher, Golda Meir and Carley Fiorina? Each attended an all-girls school. A number of national studies indicate a pattern of strong, successful careers for girls who attend single-sex schools, which has lead a group of local parents and educators to investigate the feasibility of opening an all-girls high school in Monmouth County.
The steering committee has engaged Wisconsin-based Meitler Consultants, a firm that specializes in school strategic planning, to study and analyze the feasibility of opening a centrally located all-girls Catholic college preparatory high school in Monmouth County, tentatively called The Monmouth Girls Academy (http://www.monmouthgirlsacademy.org).
The feasibility study will be conducted online from September 12 to 28, 2011. Families interested in participating in the study should visit: http://www.monmouthgirlsacademy.org
“The purpose of the study is to evaluate the feasibility of establishing an all-girls high school in Monmouth County and the potential impact on existing schools in the area as well as to establish open communication with all interested residents, educators and community leaders”, notes Victoria Gmelich, High School Study Steering Committee Co-Chair. “We encourage the community to participate in the study to help guide the decision-making process.”
Mairead Clifford, who also co-chairs the High School Study Steering Committee, says “from the beginning of the process, our group has sought to keep an open line of communication with the Diocese of Trenton as well as members of local Catholic, private and public school communities.”
What Does the Feasibility Study Ask?
The Monmouth Girls Academy Feasibility Study conducted by Meitler Consultants will include such questions as:– number of girls in the family
– high school enrollment intentions
– factors/hurdles in selecting a high school
– factors/hurdles in selecting a parochial/Catholic school
– parental participation/support of an all-girls school
– open-ended questions such as why the study participant would enroll their daughter in an all-girls Catholic high school
– demographic information
Mission and Vision of the Monmouth Girls Academy
The Monmouth Girls Academy mission:Objective is to establish a private, Catholic all-girls college preparatory high school in Monmouth County.Academics will reflect our goal to inspire a lifelong thirst for knowledge through a rigorous, comprehensive and challenging approach to learning uniquely tailored to nurture the intellectual, spiritual, social and physical gifts of each individual.A rigorous program which is developmentally appropriate for young women to achieve and reach their fullest potential.To welcome students and families of different faiths and diverse backgrounds and value the uniqueness of each individual.
This all-girls high school, with an anticipated initial enrollment of 500-600 students, will serve a need currently unmet by existing parochial, private and public high schools in Monmouth County. The school would be accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges, offer academics that exceed state standards, and welcome students of all faiths. The anticipated annual tuition is $13,000, with the support of financial aid for families with demonstrated need along with some academic scholarships. The site for the school will be centrally located in Monmouth County but will be based the feasibility study results.
Statistics about All Girls Schools
– Girls who attend single-sex schools outscore their co-ed counterparts on the SAT by an average of 28 to 43 points
– Three times as many alumnae of single-sex schools plan to become engineers
– Girls’ school students spend more hours per week doing homework, attending study groups, tutoring others and working with their teachers than co-ed students
– Nearly 100% of girls’ school grads go on to college.
To learn more about the Monmouth Girls Academy and to register for the study, please go to: http://www.monmouthgirlsacademy.org.
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