Like many, I was pleased to read about the ongoing success of Chicago's all-male Urban Prep Academy; the charter school will once again watch all 167 of its graduates head off to college in the fall. Amazing stuff! In thinking about Urban Prep, we should also acknowledge the work that Nina Gilbert has done with Ivy Prep Charter School in Atlanta, an all-girls school which boasts some of the best academic results in the state.
Other schools like The all-male Boys Latin Charter School in Philadelphia; the all-male Eagle Academy for Young Men in the Bronx, New York and Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tennessee all are showing academic prowess educating kids from challenged and low-income backgrounds in a single-sex environment.
Single sex education should be a viable option for many students, and should be considered as a tool for administrators looking for new and innovative ways to deliver a quality educational experience to students in need. And the more diverse array of quality options for parents, the better - for all of us. And let's hope more of these schools are made available to help more kids learn according to their needs, even if it means we have to fight in the courts to get these programs implemented.