Research reveals that boys learn differently than girls. Success in an all-boys environment requires that we identify the differences in how boys develop and embrace the educational opportunities distinctly beneficial to them.
McQuaid Jesuit tailors its curriculum and teaching methodology to capitalize on the ways boys learn. Our instruction encompasses techniques that recognize and encourage the unique learning styles and tempos of adolescent boys. We understand that competition, rivalry, hands-on learning, and energy are some of the hallmarks that characterize successful boys' education. These are distinctly different from the cooperative and contextual learning that distinguish effective girls' education. Boys thrive on movement, vivid description, and enjoy a classroom that is experiential in its approach. The faculty at McQuaid Jesuit understands how boys learn and employs teaching practices that keep boys engaged in a spirited process of education.
The idea that 'boys will be boys' has both positive and negative connotations. However, 'boys will be boys' should not be a detrimental stereotype. Adolescence is a turbulent time for growth: physically, socially, and academically. The pressure to assume an identity is formidable. The all-boys setting allows students freedom to be themselves without worrying about what girls think. A successful boys' school embraces a peer culture where young men feel free to be themselves, pursuing interests and talents regardless of social stereotyping. At many co-educational schools, academic and extra-curricular choices earn boys labels of 'geek' or 'jock,' but rarely both. Our all-boys environment provides students the freedom to explore interests in academics, art, music, athletics and more than 50 activities without concern for typecasting.
We recognize that simply being an all boys' school does not make the environment a productive place to form men. Leadership from adults who understand the responsibility of teaching boys to become men of character is essential. Our Ignatian heritage, rooted in the teachings of the Society of Jesus, insists that the process of education take place in a moral as well as an intellectual framework. It calls for the reverence of the dignity of each individual and urges students to uphold integrity and respect in dealing with all people.
McQuaid Jesuit is proud to be a place where education is directed to the unique learning styles of boys. In our single sex environment, we are free to direct gender specific traits that might be viewed as liabilities into assets that foster intellectual curiosity. We provide a culture where competition in academics is a natural fit. As a result, our students are academically successful and motivated to be lifelong learners.
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