NBC Evening News today had a story on single-gender schools. They said that the number of single-gender schools has increased from 12 to 360 in the past few years. Further, boys in single gender schools in Florida scored 85% on the state assessment whereas boys from regular public schools scored only 55%.
In Colorado, the James Irwin Charter Middle School has single-gender classes. The school is a K-12 system, but only the middle school separates the boys and girls for classes. They have the same teachers, who teach differently according to the gender, but then students mix for lunch.
Ridge View Academy, a youth detention facility east of Denver operated by the Youth Services Division of the Dept of Corrections and Rite of Passage, Inc., is a charter school serving only incarcerated young men. A year ago they opened a facility for young women, the Betty Marler school located in Lakewood. Ridge View is a great model of a school effectively serving high risk youth. The school is built on the positive peer pressure model. Students are often better behaved than at regular high schools. I've had lunch in the cafeteria with about 100 students and could speak in a normal voice -- a feat unheard of in other schools. The students take general education courses, typical of a regular high school, during the day and then also participate in a vocational program. It's a residential facility and there are three staff members for every four students. Students leave Ridge View Academy either enrolled, enlisted, or employed.