Single-Sex Ed Public School Boasts Higher Grades

Principal Karen French says single-sex schools provide a better learning experience for students.
2:56 | 12/03/14

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And a hot topic for parents, boys and girls separated at school? Popular in private schools, gaining favor in public schools. And kicking up controversy. It caught our eye in the new York times. And Matt Gutman has more. Reporter: The shirts are pressed, the classrooms, neat. But there's something missing at this public middle school. Girls. There's no one to distract you. Reporter: So girls distract you. Yeah. Reporter: You think the boys only atmosphere might breed machismo. Maybe not. I have students who share poetry and cry, they get out of their seats, it's okay. You would never see that in a co-ed class. Private schools long separated the sexes, but for public schools, this is uncharted territory. The department of education lists 850 single-sex public schools nationwide. Up from just 34 a decade ago. Pral John Haley says it's not just his students' grades that soared since they went singled. Last year, a school. Reporter: From D to a in three years? Correct. Reporter: And the principal at the preparatory school, also public, says girls like Merriam here are more academically adventurous. People are not going to judge you, you got the answer wrong. You're stupid. It's a learning experience. Boys and girls can be distracting. This prevents that. But on the negative side with, when a person grows up, they are surrounded by males and females. Reporter: The aclu has filed suit against Florida schools for civil rights violences and using overly broad stereotypes for separating the sexes. School officials deny any such things, but and the kids. I'm going to say the word boys, first word? Competitive. Annoying. Arrogant. Reporter: Girls, what pops into your head? Drama. Makeup, dresses and pumpkin spice lattes. Reporter: Out of the mouths of tweens. Matt Gutman, ABC, Tampa. The poll surprised me. What do you think, should boys and girls be separated? 22% said yes. 78% said no. Can I and you something, hearing the boys say that about the girls. Maybe if they were around girls more, maybe have different responses. Girls are more than all of those things. I'm a big fan of having kids learn and mixing it up. It's done well in private schools. Public schools, maybe the option. If you know your child well enough to know in this situation or not? But just so carte Blanche. And George likes working with girls. He better. Both at home and here. He has no choice. Up next in our heat index,

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