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POLL: Do Same-Sex Schools Appeal to You?

Monmouth County is getting a new all-girls school in 2013.

Rumson moms Victoria Gmelich and Mairead Clifford have announced that in September of 2013 they will be opening the first all-girls high school in this area — .

Though the school will not be a parochial one, religious leaders will serve on its board and its mission will be faith-based, encouraging girls to “focus on their education, become leaders and grow in faith,” as they told Patch's Shannon Winning in an.

While conceding that the all-girls high schooling option is not one that everyone prefers, they also said that they feel strongly that the option should exist. Both hail from out-of-the-area same-sex religious schools, as do their husbands.

Wanting to transplant what they say were their overwhelmingly positive experiences to this area with Trinity Hall, they came up with mission statement.

It, in part, says:

“Trinity Hall is an innovative, independent college-preparatory high school for young women, in the Catholic tradition. In a technology-rich learning environment, a superior faculty and a challenging interdisciplinary curricular program fosters leadership, respect, perseverance and faith … These young women will be empowered to take risks, pursue personal passions, network globally and grow as learners — and as valued individuals.

Simply put, girls’ schools teach girls that there is enormous potential and power in being a girl.”

The two founders also say that girls tend to do better without the incidental daily distractions of typical interactions with teen boy counterparts during the day.

Gmelich and Clifford have $5 million in seed money and counting for their school.

Some, like the Trinity founders, strongly believe that there is overwhelming benefit in a single-sex, faith-based educational environment. While they say  they know it's not for everyone, they maintain that the option should exist.

Others think the single-sex school environment is too sheltering and deprives students of the opportunity to develop valuable socialization skills and prepare for a real-world career experience where both sexes exist and interact on a daily basis.

What do you think about the concept of all girls or all boys schools? Vote in our poll below and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Shannon K. Winning June 14, 2012 at 08:44 PM
My mom went to St. Jean's in Queens, an all girls school and she said it gave her and her classmates a sisterhood.
gjc June 15, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Years ago, money for sports was given almost entirely to boys' sports. Federal legislation changed that. Also, we used to have separate schools for blacks and whites. Bottom line is that separate (girls/boys, black/white) education is never equal. Girls and minorities will always be cheated because this is still a misogynistic and racist society.
Kathy English June 15, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I went to a 2yr all girls college and I would never send my daughter to one. My roomates were wild and came from wealthy families. I left after one yr and went back to a college with men and women. The working world is men and women and I think it helps from a early age how to get along with each type.
Matt Rivoir June 15, 2012 at 03:48 PM
My thoughts exactly...
Ruth Ann June 15, 2012 at 07:04 PM
This school won't be in Rumson. It will most likely be located in Holmdel. Please update the subtitle of this story to reflect a more accurate truth.
Fred Tuccillo June 15, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Thanks, Ruth Ann. Just fixed it.
Lorraine June 16, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I went to an all girls, Catholic high school 30 years and it was a wonderful experience. We all grew into confident, strong, empowered young women. Even back then, most of us went on to college. To address the comment above stating, "Girls and minorities will always be cheated because this is still a misogynistic and racist society", you're only cheated if you allow yourself to be. Go out and do something, be something, and stop making excuses and blaming others if you do't create something for yourself. It is 2012, we knew that back in 1980.
Ramblin' Rose June 16, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Whine...whine...whine!! Grow up and take some responsibility....
AnnaK June 17, 2012 at 03:10 AM
I went to an all girls school in India and found that it I'll prepared me for a world where men and women must coexist in the workplace. Now, that is not to say I wasn't able to overcome this but in my opinion this is a poor choice for any parent (with male or female children).
George Murphy June 23, 2012 at 07:47 AM
Simple! Let's look at the first half of the twentieth century and use it as a model to strengthen our culture. Same-gender learning institutions worked in the past and can still do so in this age. You know the dust never settles because we continually beat the rug, unnecessarily.
WMC June 23, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I'm glad to see Trinity Hall moving forward. I wish we here in Western Monmouth had a private high school school like this as an option.

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