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Benefits of attending an all-girls school

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La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls

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National research confirms what we at La Pietra have known since our inception – that girls thrive in a single gender-learning environment, especially during the impactful adolescence years of middle school and high school.

“Girls schools create a culture of achievement in which academic progress is of great importance and the discovery and development of girls’ individual potential is paramount. Girls’ schools are a place where girls take center stage. And we think that is just where they belong. Simply put, girls’ schools teach girls that there is tremendous power and potential in being a girl. At a girls’ school, a girl occupies every role: every part in the play, every seat on the student government, and every position on every team. Not only does she have a wealth of avenues for self-exploration and development, she has a wealth of peer role models.” (National Coalition of Girls’ Schools – NCGS)

At La Pietra, we see the benefits of attending an all-girls’ school in action every day. Girls take risks, blossom as leaders, are not afraid to raise their hands in class to share their ideas, discuss issues that are important and pertinent to them, engage in their own learning, challenge themselves, and develop positive self-confidence.

The school’s robust academic program and supportive, close-knit all girls’ environment inspires girls to feel valued and comfortable in their own skin; they are encouraged to become the architects of their own success stories, to discover their voices, to value their individuality and self-determination, and to reach their full potential. Parents often comment that their daughter’s confidence blossoms and soars once starting at La Pietra. College professors often remark that they can identify girls’ school graduates for their poise and self-confidence. As one all girls’ school student shares: “When I graduated, I felt like I could take on the world.” (NCGS)

For more than 50 years, La Pietra has had a rich and deep history of working with middle and high school age girls and is uniquely positioned to help guide girls in their individual journey of personal discovery, social, emotional and life skills development to find success in college and in life.

Outstanding girls’ schools do not define themselves by the absence of boys. Rather, at La Pietra, our unique single gender school culture and strong sense of community puts girls at the forefront where every day the focus is on girls blazing their own trail and celebrating girls’ accomplishments, contributions, leadership, creativity, self-confidence, and ambition. As one girl reflects, “Sometimes I get this wild feeling that I could do almost anything I set my mind to. Maybe because at my school, girls do everything.” (NCGS)

Contrary to the common belief that all-girls’ schools create an “unrealistic environment” that do not prepare girls for the “real world”, national research continues to affirm the benefits and advantages of single gender education for girls. According to the National Coalition of Girls Schools (NCGS) some of these benefits include higher standardized test scores, higher rates of graduates attending college and graduate school, higher number of math, science, and engineering majors, express greater confidence and preparation for college, are more likely to pursue leadership opportunities in college and beyond, and exhibit a greater interest in political awareness and engagement. Graduates of girls’ schools are prepared with the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to pursue personal and academic success in the larger coed arenas of college, work, community, and life.

100 percent of La Pietra graduates pursue higher education each year, making La Pietra one of the best private schools in Hawaii. Their acceptance includes top national and international colleges and universities. During the last seven years, our graduates have earned more than $26 million in merit scholarships.

Learn more about the advantages of La Pietra and attending an all girls’ school at, attend their Admissions Open House on Thursday, November 2 at 4:30 pm, or contact Megan Meyer, Director of Admission, at

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