Sophie Nelson, Class of 2017

"My name is Sophie Nelson and I graduated in May, 2017. It may seem peculiar to consider attending an all-girls high school. You may think that you will not have the traditional high school experiences such as going to football games or mingling with the male species. However, I have some pretty good news. I believe that an all-girls experience gives you so many more opportunities than you might expect. 
           
"At an all-girls high school, I have come to realize and experience that our teachers understand the most effective ways to teach girls. Studies have shown that girls excel more in an all-girls learning environment than in a co-ed one. The girls at Louisville are not afraid to participate in class or make a mistake because our environment encourages us to learn from our mistakes without feeling ashamed.

"At Louisville, we do not pretend to be stupid in order to “impress” a guy. Personally, I am grateful for my experiences in the academic environment at Louisville. I have built strong relationships with my teachers, the girls have respect for one another in the classroom, and I have been able to grow, be nurtured, and be challenged as a student. Interestingly, we have heard similar experiences from several Louisville graduates after attending their first classes in college. As our girls are asked questions by their professors, it is the brave, confident Louisville girls who raise their hands to answer. At the end of class, the professor pulls her aside and asks if she attended an all-girls school. These experiences shared by Louisville grads show that there is truly something unique and inspiring about an all-girls school. 

"Many might assume that because only girls go to school here, the campus is filled with non-stop drama. Realistically, every high school has its fair share. However, one reason that high schools have this fuss is because boys are present.  Much of the drama girls go through centers around boys: Do I eat lunch with my boyfriend or with my girlfriends?  What time should I wake up to put my makeup on and style my hair?  Will he notice me?  At an all-girls school, we do not have to worry about questions like these. The good news is that the only choice you have is to eat lunch with your friends, and you don’t have to feel pressured to apply makeup or curl your hair. In the absence of boys, there tends to be less drama.
 
"Without boys at school, girls thrive. In the absence of worrying about makeup, we are able to focus on both our academics and ourselves. The all-girls environment allows us to thrive inside and outside of the classroom. When I was in middle school, I thought I would attend a co-ed school and dreamed of having a boyfriend throughout high school.  However, since attending Louisville, I have acquired one of the most valuable attributes in the absence of boys. Because we are not constantly distracted in class and during the school day, we are able to sort out our priorities. Before attending Louisville, I thought that having a boyfriend would be one of my top priorities, but instead, I believe my priorities are sorted out: (1) God (2) family, (3) school, and (4) friends. In the end, dating is on the bottom of my priority list. 

"Though we do not attend classes with boys, there are plenty of ways to interact with them while attending Louisville: Friday night football and basketball games, dances, and extra-curricular activities, such as the spring musical.  Just because you attend an all-girls school does not mean that you will never come into contact with boys. In fact, I believe I have gained more confidence in myself because I have attended a single-sex high school, particularly Louisville High School.

"At Louisville, you will receive the education and tools you need to graduate and enter the real-world with the confidence, support, and uniqueness that characterizes and embodies a Louisville girl. This environment allows you to discover what interests you, what inspires you, and who you truly are. In short, when you walk down the senior lawn in your white dresses at graduation, you will be equipped with everything you need to thrive in college and throughout your lifetime."
"When I was in middle school, I thought I would attend a co-ed school and dreamed of having a boyfriend throughout high school.  However, since attending Louisville, I have acquired one of the most valuable attributes in the absence of boys - priorities. Because we are not constantly distracted in class and during the school day, we are able to sort out our priorities."