Academy of the New Church, Bryn Athyn, PA
The Academy of the New Church Secondary Schools has been in the business of education for the last 134 years. We have taught both girls and boys separately, and together, and have done a commendable job of this. That being said, we knew we could do it better, and we see that this is happening since we have been working with the Gurian Institute.
One of our goals is to become the recognized model in secondary school education, leading the way in the integration of natural and spiritual knowledge and complementary gender education. For over a century, we have been successful in these efforts thanks in large part to our educational philosophy which is firmly rooted in our theology.
The Gurian Institute provides compelling scientific evidence for the significant differences in brain chemistry between males and females. The mission of the Gurian Institute is to provide evidence and strategies around the concept that “understanding the physiological and chemical brain differences between boys and girls and learning gender-friendly strategies can make a positive difference in their academics and behavior.”
We are inspired by the changes we are seeing in our classrooms. We see happy, balanced and more engaged students thanks to what we are applying from the Gurian Institute. By way of our theological teachings and the Gurian’s brain-based strategies, we believe our students will be ready to tackle whatever comes their way when they leave ANC and head into the world as active and compassionate adults. – Kira R. Schadegg, ANC Girls School Principal, www.ancss.org; and Jeremy Irwin, ANC Boys School Principal.