Benefits of All Boys Education
Central Catholic’s mission is to educate young men spiritually, academically, physically, and socially. As the only all-male Catholic high school in the region, Central Catholic has been fulfilling its mission of graduating well-rounded young men committed to the values of faith, scholarship, and service since 1927.
Central Catholic believes that single gender schools are places where students go primarily to learn, and that the all-male environment allows for easy and effective implementation of teaching strategies geared for teenaged boys. Central Catholic focuses on the educational needs of young men and creates expectations that allow them to reach their potential. Such an approach works! Central Catholic students consistently earn standardized test scores above the overall and the all-male average on both the state and national level and they receive scholarships to many prestigious colleges and universities.
Just as important, the young men of Central Catholic like coming to school and they feel comfortable interacting with their peers and the faculty in the all-male environment. Students build lasting friendships while continuing to foster the traditions and values characteristic of Central Catholic’s heritage. Whether learning the school’s fight song, attending a class retreat, participating in a service project or being part of the enthusiastic cheering section—all of these events and many more create lifelong memories and lasting friendships. Central Catholic’s strong alumni presence and the legacies established through its generations of graduates from the same families serve as testament to the strong bonds fostered by the school.
Simply put, Central Catholic boys love their alma mater. They like it because they are in an environment where people clearly care about them. They like it because they are free to be themselves, unencumbered by the fear of embarrassment or compulsion to show off in front of the opposite sex. They like it because every boy here is truly a member of the community.
Additionally, Central Catholic is conveniently positioned in the same neighborhood as Oakland Catholic, making young women a regular presence on our campus for a variety of events and activities. There are joint efforts between the two schools with our Band and Drama departments. We also host dances and other social events. In short, a boy need not worry about interacting with girls at Central Catholic, as the opportunities to do so are plentiful.
There are several resources we encourage you to review in regards to scientific studies that supports the 'Boys Learn Differently than Girls' concept.
- Boys Schools Know Boys, by Damon F. Bradley
- Teaching Boys and Girls Separately, by Elizabeth Weil New York Times, March 2, 2008
- Why Gender Matters, by Leonard Sax, M.D., PhD
- Single Sex Education Helps Boys Enjoy the Arts, by Rachel Williams
- A Look at Boy's Schools, by Rachel Williams
- Hearts and Minds: 10 Reasons for All Boys Schools, Dr. Stephen Johnson
- Why Single Sex Education: Why an All Boys School in the 21st Century, International Boys School Coalition website
- Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices, by Ralph Fletcher
- Teaching the Male Brain: How Boys Think, Feel and Learn in School, by Abigail Norfleet James
- Reading Don't Fix No Chevys: Literacy in the Lives of Young Men, by Smith and Wilhelm
- The Purpose of Boys: Helping Our Sons Find Meaning, Significance, and Direction in Their LIves, by Michael Gurian
- Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men, by Leonard Sax, M.S., PhD