There is a huge benefit to coeducation for girls at Shortridge. They learn to develop healthy friendships with boys and how to navigate and understand gender differences in a very safe setting. The leadership team also nurtures the unique emotional needs of girls by providing services that range from structured therapy to private time for the girls just to hang out together. Those tender moments were among our daughter’s favorite during her time at Shortridge.
Ultimately, it’s about outcomes. Beyond her restored health and confidence, we are most impressed with the resilience that the Shortridge experience imbued in our daughter. She was highly introverted and anxious, but now has the inner strength to regularly extend herself beyond her comfort zone. She is taking a “gap year” and works face to face with the public in a fast paced retail environment, where she has become much more socially competent, which will serve her well as she heads off to college next year. The work continues for our entire family, but we have regained our optimism about the future, thanks to a devoted and effective Shortridge staff that forged a continuing partnership with us in reaching our daughter and helping her believe in herself again.”