Educating Girls and Boys Together
Our founder’s vision was that children would learn from one another and about one another. Co-education was part of this philosophy. In 1950, she chose to educate girls and boys together, and today, we believe that girls and boys both benefit.
Our faculty create small, inclusive classroom communities where students learn to listen to, respect, and incorporate the unique perspectives of every individual in order to create a richer and more complete understanding of the world around them. We believe that students develop confidence and self-esteem with guidance from engaged teachers who know them well, value each child‘s strengths, and reinforce students' belief in themselves.
First Friendships and Integrated Interests
In each classroom, boys and girls create lasting bonds and collaborate in meaningful ways. In the early childhood, boys and girls form their first friendships in the sandbox, building with blocks, caring for dolls in dramatic play, or constructing elaborate train landscapes together. Teachers take care to encourage students’ interests in all kinds of play rather than defaulting to outdated gender stereotypes.
Lower school students collaborate on academic projects and play together in games on the playdeck. As they begin to discover their own interests and individual skills, they also practice taking the time to appreciate those of their classmates.
Fostering Confidence and Empathy
During middle and upper school, boys and girls take on leadership roles together and find their voices through shared classroom discussions. They practice respectful debate across genders and learn to listen to the thoughts and insights others express. Students are challenged to think about their own values and how boys and girls, together, can use their collective voice to effect change. Growing together in these early years, girls and boys become allies and friends, standing up for one another and with one another. When our students reach high school, they have acquired the confidence, experience, and empathy required to succeed in any educational or social setting.
We are thoughtful and deliberate about how we speak to children in the classroom. Instead of saying, ‘Boys and girls, please line up,’ we often use language like ‘Friends,’ or we might just use the class name—‘SKC, please line up.’”Eboni Washington, Senior Kindergarten, Faculty Since 2016
Our mission statement that ‘all creation is sacred’ reminds us to appreciate and cherish the uniqueness of every child and to do all that we can to help each student feel loved, respected, and understood.”Virginia Connor, Head of School