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St. Andrew's Priory School for Girls to open boys' school

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:36 p.m. HST, Oct 22, 2013

The St. Andrew's Priory School for Girls' board has approved plans to open an elementary school next fall tailored to the educational needs of young boys, the school announced tonight.

The St. Andrew's Preparatory School for Boys will be the only elementary school for boys in the state, and will share the downtown Honolulu campus of the girls' school founded by Queen Emma in 1867.

School officials say the move comes amid a growing body of research showing that girls and boys learn differently and develop skills at different ages.

"By launching St. Andrew's Prep, we are responding to families looking for a tailored education for their boys that will help them achieve," Sandra Theunick, head of school, said in a statement. "The research is clear that single-gender learning provides both girls and boys an enhanced learning environment specific to their learning styles."

The school will renovate an existing building, where the boys' school will start off with kindergarten and first grade classes before eventually adding grades up to the fifth grade. Core academic instruction will be separate, while girls and boys will share common areas, including dining and athletic facilities.

Paul Burgess, who's been a teacher and coach at the Priory since 2009, has been tapped to serve as director of the boys' school.

Tuition has not been set for the 2014-15 school year, but it will be the same as attending the Priory's lower school, where tuition is $15,600 this school year.

With the expansion, the school system, which is affiliated with the Episcopal Church, will be rebranded as The St. Andrew's Schools, including Queen Emma Preschool in Nuuanu.

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allie wrote:
Makes little sense really. Odd choice for a girls school. Would Queen Emma want this? Rethink the plan
on October 23,2013 | 07:39AM
inverse wrote:
How is this going to work? Boys will be first admitted to kindergarten and first grade then up to the fifth grade. What happens after the fifth grade, will the boys will be kicked out of school and have to find another school to attend? This sounds more like a business decision that the Priory is fiscally hurting for more kids to attend their school to help shore up their bottom line. At $15,600 per year that is pretty pricey and approaching the tuition of Punahou and Iolani. In order for the Priory to survive they really have to accept either boys or girls throughout all school levels, which might be their long term goal but for now the parents of girls currently attending Priory need to be assured only kindergarden and 1st grade boys will be allowed to be in a school given boys will not be much of a threat to teachers or the female students as the male hormones don't really kick till about after 12 or 13 years of age. The real problem with public schools is not so pronounced in grades 1 through 6 but more from 7 to 12. Therefore if money is tight, does not make financial sense to spend so much money for their boys education in kindergarden through grade 5 and better strategy would for their kid to attend public school from 1-6 then with money saved, send their kid to private school from 7 -12.
on October 23,2013 | 07:49AM
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on October 23,2013 | 09:18AM
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