Why is LJA girl-focused?
Early adolescence, ages 10 to 14, is a time of major changes that require all children to learn new ways of relating to peers and adults, and adapt to a continuously changing body and self concept. One of the most important signs of success in navigating these changes is academic achievement. Research shows that early adolescent girls in a traditional co-ed school setting often lose their interest in math, science, technology and physical activity.
In spite of much popular thinking, there is no proven brain research showing that there are significant cognitive differences between boys and girls. However, empirical evidence does show that all early adolescent girls benefit from a learning environment that is focused on helping them achieve the successes that result in a positive perception of self worth, competency and strength. These are the qualities that predict both academic and life-long resilience.
LJA is the first charter school in the state to focus on providing an educational model that enhances learning opportunities at this pivotal time in students' lives.
Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. (2010) AAUW study of the state of women in STEM careers with practical recommendations for overcoming stereotype threat and developing a growth mindset in girls. Read the article here.
Do Internalized Feminine Norms Depress Girls’ STEM Attitudes and Participation? from True Child.org. By 8th grade, ½ as many girls as boys are interested in STEM careers. Girls are caught in a double conformity bind. How does the research on girls and STEM deal with feminism? Read the article here.
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