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SINGLE-SEX CLASSROOMS: EDUCATORS, STUDENTS SAY THE CHANGE MAKES A DIFFERENCE

A change at Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy has shaken up classroom dynamics, even pitting boys against girls in the school's lower grades.Don't worry, though, teachers say. It's all in the spirit of healthy competition, and it's leading to better classroom performance on all fronts.It started when the school adopted a single-gender classroom policy for its middle-school core classes. The change was approved in April and implemented this school year. When classes began in August, Winston-Salem Prep's sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders were divided into two classes of all boys and two classes of all girls for their math, science, language arts and social studies lessons.School administrators and teachers were looking for a way to create a classroom where students were more attentive, more engaged and more comfortable participating.