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,; and Jeremy Irwin, ANC Boys School Principal.

Army and Navy Academy

Since its inception in 1910, the Army and Navy Academy’s curriculum has combined rigorous college-preparatory classes with a leadership training program. As the only military boarding school for boys on the West Coast, the Academy in Carlsbad, California ensures that the Cadet experience focuses on responsibility, citizenship, and character development.

Army and Navy Academy educates tomorrow’s leaders through small class sizes for young men in grades 7-12. The Academy is pleased to be named a Gurian Institute Model School, in recognition of its commitment to single-gender education and use of teaching techniques developed specifically for how boys learn best.  The Academy is proud to be the only military school and only one of ten nationwide to receive this designation

Carolina Day School, Asheville, NC

The Middle School at Carolina Day School (Asheville, NC) has benefitted greatly from a long, supportive relationship with the Gurian Institute. Since the 2004-05 school year, we have relied on the expertise, research, and materials of the Institute to guide us toward greater student engagement in gender- and brain-friendly methods for teaching and working with our students.

Our relationship began with a two-day on-campus Gurian training event for our middle school staff, administration and parents in April of 2004. After more research and study, we implemented single-gender instruction in our 6th and 7th grades. Two of our administrators continued to work with the Institute, becoming Master Trainers, and Carolina Day has embraced brain-based, gender-friendly education in ways that have significantly enhanced learning and motivation—that of teachers and students.

Peggy Daniels, middle school principal, reports positive outcomes for both gender populations. According to Daniels, “Everyone agrees that this is one of the best things we’ve done for our school. Sixth- and seventh-grade girls in single-gender classrooms thrive in a supportive environment that encourages them to be risk takers and to develop confidence. Teachers find it easier to honor the girls’ need for connection and relationships and to challenge and expect more from them during a time when self-esteem tends to drop.

“The boys have loved the freedom to relax and learn and also to feel that they are not being compared to girls. In single-gender classes they are more supportive of each other and more willing to share their thoughts and knowledge—both in conversation and in writing. They appreciate that teachers design the curriculum to give them opportunities to read, write, and debate topics that are of high interest to them while always allowing them opportunities to move, build, and create.”

When our students return to coed classes in 8th grade, we are delighted to see boys and girls working well together—all with greater confidence and respect. Our classrooms and hallways are busy places for learning, movement, and enthusiastic engagement. Much credit goes to our amazing faculty and our partnership with the Gurian Institute.

As a Gurian Institute Model School, we are willing to share what we do, welcoming up to four visitors from another school a few times each year. Contact Peggy Daniels

Central Catholic High School, San Antonio, TX

Central Catholic High School is a college preparatory school educating in the Marianist tradition young men from diverse backgrounds for success through the development of scholarship, leadership and moral character.

Cherokee Creek Boys School, Westminster, SC

Cherokee Creek Boys School is a therapeutic boarding school for boys nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains in Westminster, South Carolina. Our talented staff provides a warm and nurturing environment for 40 boys — ages 10-15 in grades 5 through 9 — to discover a sense of hope and optimism for their future. At Cherokee Creek Boys School, our mission is to “challenge boys and their families to discover what is real and true about themselves and the world around them.”

Crespi Carmelite High School, Encino, CA

“We have embraced the Gurian Institute and it has enhanced our school in numerous ways. We recently hosted Michael Gurian for a lecture on ‘The Purpose of Boys’…We have had many inquiries stemming from that evening (attended by over 700 people).

As the Director of Admissions, Marketing, and Public Relations, I can report that The Gurian Institute team has helped us rise above our competing schools. We have come to the forefront of educating boys in the Los Angeles area.” -Robert Kodama, Crespi Carmelite High School, Los Angeles, CA

Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, FL
Boys Preparatory Academy at Franklin Middle Magnet School
Girls Preparatory Academy at Ferrell Middle Magnet School

In August 2011, the Boys Preparatory Academy at Franklin Middle Magnet School and the Girls Preparatory Academy at Ferrell Middle Magnet School (grades 6-8) opened their doors as the first single gender public schools in Hillsborough County. The school district had been operating single gender classes in a few elementary schools since 2008 under the guidelines of the 2006 Amendment to Title IX by the U.S. Department of Education. The Preparatory Academies at Franklin and Ferrell are magnet schools with the magnet theme of College Preparatory. The theme emphasizes pre-advanced placement coursework to prepare students for Advanced Placement courses in high school.

An extraordinary amount of training was implemented with both faculties prior to the opening of the Preparatory Academies and has been ongoing ever since. The original training focused on current brain research on the differences between the male and female brains, their developmental stages, and the implications on classroom instruction. The Gurian Institute has been instrumental in providing training to educators in Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) through workshops held locally, as well as teachers and administrators attending the Summer Institutes presented by the Gurian Institute in Colorado Springs.

Currently, HCPS has single gender programs within twelve elementary schools and one high school, along with the two middle school preparatory academies. Three additional elementary schools are in the training and planning phase in preparation to open single gender programs within their schools. With one district administrator and several teachers trained as Gurian Institute Certified Trainers, ongoing professional development is provided to over 100 teachers. The effects of creating single gender environments in public school settings combined with using the research based on neuroscience to identify and implement instructional strategies differentiated for boys and girls have been astonishing.

HCPS has seen academic growth among its single gender programs that place them among the top performing schools in the district in reading, writing, math and science, as measured by the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test. Additionally, perception surveys completed by over 900 students, parents and teachers in 2013 demonstrated that the majority of respondents among all three key stakeholder groups agreed that, based upon their experience, students are more motivated to achieve, students’ academic needs are better met, and students develop greater self-confidence in a single gender environment as compared to their previous experience in a co-gender environment. The majority of the respondents also agreed that the students have adjusted well and are having a positive experience in the single gender environment. Many respondents reported that academic achievement and character development were positive outcomes of the single gender environment. More specifically, many stated that the students had fewer distractions and greater academic focus in the single gender environment.

Lovett Middle School, Atlanta, GA

In April of 2016, The Lovett Middle School in Atlanta, GA was awarded certification as a Gurian Model School. Their journey began when Debbie Franks joined the faculty in 2004 having previously worked at Montgomery Bell Academy, a boys’ school in Tennessee. When she was appointed Middle School Academic Dean and Dean of Students the next year, she presented the idea of single-gender classes to department heads. In 2006/2007, as the new principal of the Lovett Middle School, Mrs. Franks asked for volunteers to pilot single-gender classes. Teachers of seventh grade English and math volunteered and in the summer of 2007, the pilot teachers attended the Gurian Institute in Colorado.

O’Dea High School, Seattle, WA

The connection we made with the Gurian Institute has been crucial to this year’s growth. The process of incorporating Gurian Institute strategies into our teaching practices and school vision has strengthened our teacher effectiveness, student performance, and parent buy-in to our school’s mission.

The Gurian Institute has enhanced our ability to promote what O’Dea has to offer to boys across the Puget Sound area. The Institute’s programs have also gone further to help us improve our parent outreach, student mentoring, innovative teaching, and faculty collaboration.

If your school is looking for innovative professional development and support that can positively affect your mission, outreach and student enrollment, I encourage you to go to The Gurian Institute.” – Frank Lazarek, Assistant Principal, O’Dea High School, Seattle, WA

St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy, Toledo, OH

St. John’s Jesuit High School was founded in 1898 and re-established in 1965 as a four-year, college preparatory high school for young men. In 2004, St. John’s Jesuit established the Academy for seventh and eighth grade students, and in 2011, a sixth grade was added to the Academy.

St. John Vianney High School, St. Louis, MO

St. John Vianney High School is honored to be recognized as a Gurian Institute Model School. This award and our partnership with the Gurian Institute symbolizes our commitment to developing young men for spiritual, academic, and personal excellence in the Catholic, Marianist tradition. At St. John Vianney High School we pride ourselves on providing a high quality education for young men.

Since partnering with the Gurian Institute we have seen ACT scores rise, attendance rates improve, and discipline issues decrease. The strategies, methodologies and research base the Gurian Institute has provided our school community is what helps us to remain a Top 50 Catholic High School in the country and the premier school for educating young men in St. Louis.

To find out more about Vianney or to arrange a visit, please contact Dr. Tim Dilg, Principal, and visit our website.

View a recent news article about Model School designation HERE.
And view a St. John Vianney interview with Michael Gurian HERE.

Southwest Leadership Academy, Philadelphia, PA

The vision of SLA is to build leaders one child at a time by changing their definition of reality. This change will allow our students to believe in their importance, know their potential, and seize their opportunities, which are fundamental concepts of leadership.

Through the transformation of our students, we ultimately aim to transform the Southwest community by bringing leadership, integrity, courage, concern and scholarship back into the community.

Benefits of Becoming a Gurian Institute Model School

10 Things You Will Love About Being a GI Model School

  1. Promotes your school to a whole new level by having a Michael Gurian presentation onsite.
  2. Being a prolific writer and having been on the NY Best Seller list, Dr. Gurian can bring media attention to your event to promote your school and bring in a wider audience.
  3. After the event, Dr. Gurian has an ongoing platform to share information about your school and your positive implementation of gender-friendly strategies through media interviews, keynotes and future books.
  4. Energizes the staff, parents and community to reflect on how boys and girls learn differently through analysis of academic and behavioral data.
  5. Delivers hands-on professional development using the latest research regarding brain gender differences and high-impact gender-friendly instructional strategies that can be used immediately.
  6. Ensures on-going and embedded support through classroom observations, immediate feedback, and action planning.
  7. Builds sustainability by having an GI onsite certified trainer and annual networking support through attending the annual SI Summer Institute.
  8. Offers a tremendous marketing opportunity in terms of the school’s ability to meet the learning needs of their students population in a very specific way.
  9. Becomes a model for other schools to see gender-friendly instruction in action and learn how to successfully implement the program school wide.
  10. Increases your competitive edge in raising student enrollment numbers, alumni investment, and community outreach.

Contact the Gurian Institute at for information on how a professional development plan can be designed to meet the needs of your organization and the families you serve.