The advantages of co-educational high schools reach far beyond the classroom. In Shanahan's co-educational setting, students gain real life experience, becoming strong witnesses to Christian values who are committed to academic rigor and integrity. They are prepared to be critical thinkers and moral stewards in a rapidly evolving global environment.
Shanahan's co-educational environment is reflective of the real world. Boys and girls learn side by side, gaining real life experience that prepares them for the future in college, the workplace, and beyond. A co-ed dynamic empowers Shanahan students to grow as both individuals and members of the community. The co-ed environment also provides a strong foundation for the development of realistic, meaningful, and lasting relationships among current peers and family members, as well as future friends and colleagues.
Research shows that students who attended co-educational schools are confident in expressing themselves around members of the opposite sex.
Shanahan's co-ed classroom environment allows boys and girls to learn from one another intellectually and socially. The collaborative classroom develops confident students who excel in high school and beyond as leaders. Students work together growing in awareness, motivation, respect, and engagement while also discovering values, skill sets, and strengths from one another.
Co-ed, group based learning allows boys and girls to work as a team, to conquer academic challenges, and to complete assignments and projects together. Both universities and the workplace demand the ability to collaborate with peers and colleagues.
Shanahan's co-ed atmosphere reflects a unique energy and excitement each day at school as girls and boys experience high school together. As students spend time together learning, praying, celebrating, competing, and serving, they grow socially and emotionally in exponential ways. It provides an opportunity for lasting relationships and a connection among young people that is essential for teenagers.
At Shanahan, a co-ed environment works to de-emphasize gender-linked learning biases among both faculty and students. This paves the way for students to be recognized as individuals who, no matter their gender, have different God-given skills, interests, talents, and needs to be nurtured and developed.
Shanahan students learn from each other's differences in an intermingled classroom. Our co-ed curriculum enables students to explore a much broader range of learning opportunities. Students learn how to handle conflict, how boys' and girls' strengths complement each other, and how they can encourage each other to strive for excellence. Most importantly, boys and girls learn to respect one another and cooperate as equals.
Shanahan provides a wide range of sports, clubs, and activities that can be enjoyed by both girls and boys. Co-ed programs allow students to bond over similar interests, to compete together, and to form lasting friendships. Click here to learn more about student life at Shanahan!
Co-ed schools offer an opportunity for families with multiple children - siblings can attend the same school and are afforded the same learning experiences as their brothers and sisters. There are fewer conflicts because parents don’t have to juggle different school philosophies or schedules. They can feel confident that their children are learning and growing in the same environment and from the same faculty and staff, granting some peace of mind.
When siblings attend the same school together, their family bonds are also strengthened. They will have unique memories, traditions, and experiences to share and treasure in all their years to come.
Many of our students’ parents, grandparents, and other extended family members have also attended Bishop Shanahan, and have entrusted the educational success of their future generations to their alma mater.
Another advantage we offer families with multiple children who may have varying levels of academic abilities, is our different programs of study. Bishop Shanahan welcomes students of all capabilities to learn here because we have the resources to help each of them succeed here.