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INTERNATIONAL COALITION OF GIRLS’ SCHOOLS – MEMBERS N

INTERNATIONAL COALITION OF GIRLS’ SCHOOLS

The International Coalition of Girls’ Schools is the world’s leading membership association for girls-only educators. It’s membership boasts many of the most-famous schools from across the globe and it has become the premier voice for girls’ education and, alongside its brother organisation the International Boys’ Schools Coalition, it represents the outstanding voice advocating for single-sex education.


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Girls-only education has proven to be extremely successful over the past century with single-sex schools often dominating academic league tables and university placement charts. The best girls-only schools have further seen demand for places increasing year on year as more and more families seek to take advantage of the specific opportunities that are presented by such schools, whether that be rigorous academic programmes or the wide athletic and extra-curricular offer available.

However, this was not always the case with a wider move away from single-gender schools in the late 1960s-1980s as various governments sought to modernise the delivery of education in a comprehensive, non-denominational manner. Many single-sex schools and, in particular, boarding schools had garnered a negative reputation due to their more traditional and, sometimes, aggressive approach. This saw many schools merging with others to become co-educational or closing entirely.

Proponents of girls-only education argue that such schools offer a number of benefits, including:

  • Girls’ schools have smaller class sizes, which allows for more individualised attention from teachers;
  • Girls’ schools often have more resources available to students, such as after-school programs, tutoring, and counselling;
  • Girls’ schools can provide a safe and supportive environment for girls to learn and grow;
  • Girls’ schools can help girls develop leadership skills and confidence; and
  • Girls’ schools can prepare girls for success in college and beyond.

A need to better make the case for and promote girls’ schools and to demonstrate that many such schools could, in fact, offer a better quality of education than many of their co-ed peers was identified. As such, leading lights in the field began to meet regularly to bring about a change in the conversation and establish a framework for girls-only education.

The International Coalition of Girls’ Schools traces its’ origins back to the late 1980s when these discussions were underway. At that time a number of heads of leading girls’s schools in the United States sought to harmonise the work and messaging of existing organisations, including the Coalition of Girls’ Boarding Schools and the Coalition of Girls’ Day Schools. In 1991 the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) was founded which quickly became the primary trade body for girls schools in North America. The coalition’s guiding principle being is to “elevate women’s leadership worldwide by educating and empowering our students to be ethical, globally minded changemakers.”

Membership is open to girls-only schools and those schools which offered a girls-only stream or a segregated schools model (or diamond model). As the NCGS, the majority of the coalition’s members were private (fee-paying / independent) schools.

The NCGS acted as a national lobbyist for the sector in the United States whilst also acting as a standards body offering accreditation to its’ members which included both day and boarding schools, progressive and faith-based institutions. The NCGS increasingly accepted international members and worked closely with the IBSC on matters affecting single-sex schools on a national and global stage.

The NCGS facilitated training for member schools and hosted regular conferences and events including a Global Forum in which girls schools from around the world were invited to participate. The success of the Global Forum inspired the NCGS to amend its scope and change its name, becoming the International Coalition of Girls’ Schools (ICGS) in 2022.

Today, the ICGS continues it’s work advocating for girls-only education and lobbying legislators on behalf of members in various jurisdictions. It has expanded its membership significantly with over 500 schools in 21 countries. Recently, the coalition has welcomed a number of girls schools from the United Kingdom (in particular through a merger with the Association of State Girls’ Schools (ASGS) and the admission of the Girls’ Day School Trust – which is a founding member of the ICGS). Recently, the ICGS has welcomed a number of Australian members following a merger with the Alliance of Girls’ Schools in Australia (AGSA). The ICGS admits both private and public (State) schools to its membership. The ICGS also continues to offer training to faculty and leadership of girls’ schools and conducts significant research on behalf of the sector. The association’s secretariat also supports its member schools with strategic executive management, recruitment and marketing. The Coalition also provides various community services including research on the outcomes of girls’ schools, advocacy outreach, professional development opportunities (example: international conferences and regional symposiums) and networking events for educators to connect and collaborate.

The International Coalition of Girls’ Schools (ICGS) is incorporated as a non-profit membership association and counts amongst its membership a broad range of schools serving early years and pre-school through to senior secondary high school grades. These include fee-paying independent schools, state-supported and public schools, magnet and charter schools, and religiously-affiliated schools. These schools represent a wide range of educational pedagogies, approaches and philosophies, but are united by their commitment to providing girls with a high-quality education that will prepare them for success in college, career, and life.

As with many of these organisations, membership is vested in the heads of the relevant school and, as such, membership varies with changes in leadership. The schools listed below are known to be recent members of the ICGS or its predecessor organisation, the NCGS.

If you are considering sending your daughter to a girls’ school the schools included here are amongst the best in the world and are accredited and approved schools. The ICGS can provide you with more information and resources to help with your decision-making. Please get in touch with your preferred school or with the ICGS for the latest information and further details.


MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATES

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NASHOBA BROOKS SCHOOL

200 STRAWBERRY HILL ROAD, CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS 01742, UNITED STATES

PRE-SCHOOL, ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL
GIRLS SCHOOL
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

ABOUT

ESTABLISHED 1928
FEE-PAYING
DAY
GIRLS (CO-EDUCATIONAL TO GRADE 3)
AGES 2 – 14 (GRADES PK – 8)


nashobabrooks.org

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

NATIONAL CATHEDRAL SCHOOL

NCS

3612 WOODLEY ROAD NORTHWEST, WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 20016, UNITED STATES

ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL
CATHEDRAL SCHOOL
COLLEGE-PREPARATORY SCHOOL
FAITH SCHOOL
GIRLS SCHOOL
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

ABOUT

ESTABLISHED 1900
FEE-PAYING
DAY
GIRLS
AGES 9 – 18 (GRADES 4 – 12)
EPISCOPAL


ncs.cathedral.org

Rating: 4 out of 5.

NEWCASTLE HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

NHSG

TANKERVILLE TERRACE, JESMOND, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, TYNE AND WEAR NE2 3BA, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM

NURSERY, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL
ALL-THROUGH SCHOOL
GIRLS SCHOOL
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL
PRE-PREPARATORY AND PREPARATORY SCHOOL

ABOUT

ESTABLISHED 1876
FEE-PAYING
DAY
GIRLS
AGES 3 – 18 (NURSERY – SIXTH FORM)
GIRLS’ DAY SCHOOL TRUST


newcastlehigh.gdst.net

Rating: 4 out of 5.

NEWTON COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL OF THE SACRED HEART

NCDS

785 CENTRE STREET, NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS 02458, UNITED STATES

MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL
COLLEGE-PREPARATORY SCHOOL
COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
FAITH SCHOOL
GIRLS SCHOOL
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

ABOUT

ESTABLISHED 1880
FEE-PAYING
DAY
GIRLS
AGES 10 – 18 (GRADES 5 – 12)
ROMAN CATHOLIC (SACRED HEART)


newtoncountryday.org

Rating: 4 out of 5.

NIGHTINGALE

THE NIGHTINGALE-BAMFORD SCHOOL

20 EAST 92ND STREET, MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK 10128, UNITED STATES

PRE-SCHOOL, ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL
ALL-THROUGH SCHOOL
COLLEGE-PREPARATORY SCHOOL
GIRLS SCHOOL
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

ABOUT

ESTABLISHED 1920
FEE-PAYING
DAY
GIRLS
AGES 2 – 18 (GRADES PK – 12)


nightingale.org

Rating: 5 out of 5.

NONSUCH HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

NHS / NONSUCH

EWELL ROAD, CHEAM, SURREY SM3 8AB, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM

SECONDARY SCHOOL
ACADEMY
GIRLS SCHOOL
GRAMMAR SCHOOL

ABOUT

ESTABLISHED 1938
FEE-PAYING
DAY
GIRLS
AGES 11 – 18 (YEAR 7 – SIXTH FORM)


nonsuchschool.org

Rating: 4 out of 5.

NORBURY HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

KENSINGTON AVENUE, NORBURY, THORNTON HEATH, LONDON CR7 8BT, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM

SECONDARY SCHOOL
ACADEMY
GIRLS SCHOOL

ABOUT

ESTABLISHED 1913
DAY
GIRLS
AGES 11 – 18 (YEAR 7 – SIXTH FORM)


nhsg.org.uk

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

NORTH POINT

CURRIE CAMPUS
BUILDING B6, SUITE 110, 2509 DIEPPE AVENUE SOUTHWEST, CALGARY, ALBERTA T3E 7J9
RICHMOND CAMPUS
2445 23 AVENUE SOUTHWEST, CALGARY, ALBERTA T2T 0W3, CANADA

ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL
ALL-THROUGH SCHOOL
BOYS SCHOOL
COLLEGE-PREPARATORY SCHOOL
GIRLS SCHOOL
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

ABOUT

INC. NORTH POINT SCHOOL FOR BOYS AND NORTH POINT SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
ESTABLISHED 2014
FEE-PAYING
DAY
BOYS & GIRLS (SEGREGATED SCHOOLS) (CO-EDUCATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL)
AGES 5 – 18 (GRADES K – 12)


northpoint.school

Rating: 4 out of 5.

NORTHAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL

NHS

NEWPORT PAGNELL ROAD, HARDINGSTONE, NORTHAMPTON, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE NN4 6UU, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM

NURSERY, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL
ALL-THROUGH SCHOOL
GIRLS SCHOOL
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL
PRE-PREPARATORY AND PREPARATORY SCHOOL

ABOUT

ESTABLISHED 1878
FEE-PAYING
DAY
GIRLS
AGES 2 – 18 (NURSERY – SIXTH FORM)
GIRLS’ DAY SCHOOL TRUST


northamptonhigh.co.uk

Rating: 4 out of 5.

NORTHWOOD COLLEGE FOR GIRLS

NORTHWOOD COLLEGE / NWC

MAXWELL ROAD, NORTHWOOD, MIDDLESEX HA6 2YE, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM

NURSERY, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL
ALL-THROUGH SCHOOL
GIRLS SCHOOL
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL
PRE-PREPARATORY AND PREPARATORY SCHOOL

ABOUT

ESTABLISHED 1870
FEE-PAYING
DAY
GIRLS
AGES 3 – 18 (NURSERY – SIXTH FORM)
GIRLS’ DAY SCHOOL TRUST


northwoodcollege.gdst.net

Rating: 4 out of 5.

NORWICH HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

NHS

95 NEWMARKET ROAD, NORWICH, NORFOLK NR2 2HU, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM

NURSERY, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL
ALL-THROUGH SCHOOL
GIRLS SCHOOL
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL
PRE-PREPARATORY AND PREPARATORY SCHOOL

ABOUT

ESTABLISHED 1875
FEE-PAYING
DAY
GIRLS
AGES 3 – 18 (NURSERY – SIXTH FORM)
GIRLS’ DAY SCHOOL TRUST


norwichhigh.gdst.net

Rating: 4 out of 5.

NOTRE DAME ACADEMY

NDA

1073 MAIN STREET, HINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS 02043, UNITED STATES

HIGH SCHOOL
COLLEGE-PREPARATORY SCHOOL
FAITH SCHOOL
GIRLS SCHOOL
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

ABOUT

ESTABLISHED 1853
FEE-PAYING
DAY
GIRLS
AGES 12 – 18 (GRADES 7 – 12)
ROMAN CATHOLIC (SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME DE NAMUR)


ndahingham.com

Rating: 4 out of 5.

NOTRE DAME PREP

NDP / NOTRE DAME PREPARATORY SCHOOL

815 HAMPTON LANE, TOWSON, MARYLAND 21286, UNITED STATES

MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL
COLLEGE-PREPARATORY SCHOOL
FAITH SCHOOL
GIRLS SCHOOL
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

ABOUT

ESTABLISHED 1873
FEE-PAYING
DAY
GIRLS
AGES 11 – 18 (GRADES 6 – 12)
ROMAN CATHOLIC (SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME)


notredameprep.com

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

NOTRE DAME SCHOOL OF MANHATTAN

ND

327 WEST 13TH STREET, WEST VILLAGE, MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK 10014, UNITED STATES

HIGH SCHOOL
COLLEGE-PREPARATORY SCHOOL
FAITH SCHOOL
GIRLS SCHOOL
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

ABOUT

ESTABLISHED 1912
FEE-PAYING
DAY
GIRLS
AGES 14 – 18 (GRADES 9 – 12)
ROMAN CATHOLIC (SISTERS OF URSULA)


cheznous.org

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

NOTRE DAME DE SION SCHOOLS OF KANSAS CITY

SION

10631 WORNALL ROAD, KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 64114, UNITED STATES

PRE-SCHOOL, ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL
ALL-THROUGH SCHOOL
COLLEGE-PREPARATORY SCHOOL
FAITH SCHOOL
GIRLS SCHOOL
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

ABOUT

INC. NOTRE DAME DE SION HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
ESTABLISHED 1912
FEE-PAYING
DAY
GIRLS (CO-EDUCATIONAL PRE-SCHOOL, ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL)
AGES 3 – 18 (GRADES PK – 12)
ROMAN CATHOLIC (NOTRE DAME DE SION)


ndsion.edu

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

NOTTING HILL & EALING HIGH SCHOOL

NHEHS

2 CLEVELAND ROAD, EALING, LONDON W13 8AX, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM

PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL
ALL-THROUGH SCHOOL
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL
GIRLS SCHOOL
PRE-PREPARATORY AND PREPARATORY SCHOOL

ABOUT

ESTABLISHED 1873
FEE-PAYING
DAY
GIRLS
AGES 4 – 18 (RECEPTION – SIXTH FORM)
GIRLS’ DAY SCHOOL TRUST


nhehs.gdst.net

Rating: 4 out of 5.

NOTTINGHAM GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL

NGHS

9 ARBORETUM STREET, NOTTINGHAM, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE NG1 4JB, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM

NURSERY, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL
ALL-THROUGH SCHOOL
GIRLS SCHOOL
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL
PRE-PREPARATORY AND PREPARATORY SCHOOL

ABOUT

ESTABLISHED 1875
FEE-PAYING
DAY
GIRLS
AGES 3 – 18 (NURSERY – SIXTH FORM)
GIRLS’ DAY SCHOOL TRUST


nottinghamgirlshigh.gdst.net

Rating: 4 out of 5.


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