Sorry, guys. Girls Only.
A school that only admits male or female students. Very much a Truth in Television
: many schools run by religious organizations are single-sex. At least, once the students are old enough for messing around to occur — many Roman Catholic and other private high schools are still single-sex. Likewise Boarding Schools
tend to be single-sex. Many educators in such institutions defend the practice not just from the prudish attitude that one might expect, but some more practical concerns; female students, for example, can be shown to perform better without male students around as they're more likely to engage the subject material as they are less likely to be afraid of being perceived as too smart to attract sexual attention. Males students tend to thrive in a competitive and oppositional environment while females tend to do better in a cooperative and relational one.
There is, of course, a feeling in many quarters that hormonally driven teenagers will be unduly distracted by romantic concerns to really care at all about what the teacher in front of the class is talking about as well. "Any boy," as one quotation goes, "who can concentrate on algebra with a girl in the room has something wrong with him."
Single-sex colleges exist as well. Colleges for (usually) women only called Normal Schools go back to the 1600s,from the original École Normale founded by Saint Jean-Baptiste de La Salle in 1685, usually for the purpose of instructing graduates of the mainline (up through High School by current standards) in order to become teachers. These schools still exist, however they are generally gender integrated now and were more commonly called Teacher's Colleges by the mid-20th century (most have now expanded their undergraduate degree offerings to become community colleges if not full-fledged universities or campuses of a larger university). Male-only also used to be the default for universities, and will still crop up in most period pieces. They don't really exist anymore (leaving aside R.C. seminaries, Rabbinical colleges, etc. there are six men's colleges in the US), and women's colleges are a dying breed as well (about 60 in the U.S.), so it's usually not Truth in Television
past high school.
It should be noted however that different countries have different norms. For example, the vast majority of schools in Ireland
are still one gender schools. In America, while religious schools commonly practiced single-sex education, regular public schools have always been open to male and female students (with a few exceptions).
Viewers can expect lots of Ho Yay
or Les Yay
, respectively, due to Situational Sexuality
unless it's explicitly a Yaoi Genre
or Yuri Genre
series (all-girls schools are particularly a staple in yuri
). Another common plot is a Wholesome Crossdresser
or a Sweet Polly Oliver
infiltrating such school. Hilarity usually ensues
Since this school more often than not is a private school, expect this trope to overlap with Elaborate University High
and Elevator School
. Most military schools
in the United States are this.
See also One-Gender Race
, whose schools are this by definition.
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Anime and Manga
- As noted, many Girls Love series are set primarily in all-girls schools:
- A notable exception, perhaps, is Sasameki Koto, which is set in a mixed-gender school and actually addresses the problems faced by adolescent lesbians in modern (Japanese) society.
- Otomeiro Stay Tune doesn't feature any Schoolgirl Lesbians per se, but the GL radio drama that the two protagonists collaborate on is set in an all-girls academy.
- Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru is set in an all-girls school with lots of yuri tension, except that the protagonist is actually a (very feminine) Wholesome Crossdresser.
- The main characters of Sukisho go to an all-boys boarding school.
- In Fruits Basket, Ayame, Shigure and Hatori all went to a single sex school.
- Kagura and Isuzu attended the same all girls high school. Kisa's middle school appears to be all girls as well. Hiro might attend an all boys private academy. His uniform is very similar to the high school one Ayame, Shigure, and Hatori wore. It's implied that both sets of male and female private schools are just Distaff Counterparts of the other.
- Yuki also mentions that the head of the family, Akito, heavily pressured him to attend an all-boys school (he refused). This all is justified in that the aforementioned characters were all cursed to transform into animals if they hugged people of the opposite gender, so a school with all students that are the same gender is safest.
- In one chapter, Ayame tells Yuki about how his high school had a sister all girls school. He and the student representative of that girl's school worked together quite a lot, strengthening the ties between the schools. She confessed her love to him at the end of the year and he callously brushed her off, much to his regret later in life.
- In Nana, Nana K. went to an all girls' high school.
- Ranma and Ryouga were mentioned to have gone to an all boy's school in Ranma ˝ before the series started, while Ukyou and Tsubasa both attended a different boys' school. Kodachi goes to an all girl's school, St. Hebereke.
- Mahora Academy from Mahou Sensei Negima! is otherwise your standard Elaborate University High Elevator School city, except that it appears to be divided to boys and girls' schools for every grade. Also, it's secretly filled with mages and miscellaneous other abnormals.
- Clamp Campus, that ties together several of CLAMP's assorted series together seems to operate along similar principles.
- Princess Princess takes place at an all males' school.
- The all male school in Gakuen Heaven.
- The school in Maid-Sama! used to be one of these and the male students generally act like it still is much to frustration of the female lead.
- Kaze to Ki no Uta and The Heart Of Thomas are set in these.
- Hana-Kimi combines this with a Sweet Polly Oliver
- High School Girls
- The shoujo manga Men's School is set in one of these.
- Koko Wa Greenwood
- Lobelia in Ouran High School Host Club is a Firl-only School
- The eponymous Cromartie High School may be set in one
- K-On! is set at an all-girls high school. The manga steps it up by sending the original 4 members to an all-female university.
- In Sailor Moon, Rei attends a Catholic girls' school, which is the focus of two episodes of the first anime.
- Shinryuuji Academy of Eyeshield 21 is an all-boys school, much to the chagrin of the students.
- Seitokai Yakuindomo centers around the misadventures of one of the first male students of a girls' school turned co-ed.
- Kanenone Gakuen in Green Green before the girls arrive to make it a co-ed school.
- The male protagonist of Ai Ore! Love Me! attends an all-boys school and the female protagonist attends an all-girls school.
- One story arc of Onidere featured students plotting make sure no school in Japan would be co-ed ever again.
- The Principal and the Vice-Principal in I My Me! Strawberry Eggs hated men to the point of refusing to hire males as teachers and trying to turn their school into an all-girls one.
- Daily Lives of High School Boys subverted, if not deconstructed, many conventions of this trope as shown in anime. Most of the story is around junior-year students of Sanada North Perfectual High, which looks like any other public high schools in Japan and was established as late as 1989. Sanada East, a all-girls school, also came up in the story. Part of the conflict of this work are on the students' lack of knowledge of teens of the other gender, and the writer made it clear that the Daily Lives of Boys' School Boys are boring.
- In the Distant Finale of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, Nanoha, Fate, and Hayate attend an all-girls high school. As if the levels of yuri subtext weren't sufficient in this series already.
- Bodacious Space Pirates is set (partially) in an all-girls school. However, it averts many related tropes as the other major setting is the Bentenmaru, a pirate ship with a mixed-gender crew.
- According to the Azumanga Daioh manga the school that the girls go to was once an all-girls school. Nyamo and Yukari went to while it was still one.
- Modeen, Ian and Jeremy's boarding school in A Cruel God Reigns is an all boy's school.
- Sakura Hill is an all-girls boarding school in Sakura no Ichiban!.
- In Girls und Panzer the schools participating in tankery are girls-only.
- Hachimitsu private academy from Kangoku Gakuen was an elite all-girls boarding highschool. By the start of the story it's already transitioned to co-ed and the main character, and four other teenagers are its first male students. Though they're a drop in the bucket as the school has over a 1000 female students.
- Marginal Prince takes place at St. Alphonso Academy, a boys-only school. However, contrary to popular belief, the series is not a Boys Love series, but spawned from an Otome Game.
- The Yes! Pretty Cure 5 saga is noticeable as the only Pretty Cure series to have an all-girls school.
- There's also Christian Private White Clover Academy from Fresh Pretty Cure!, Buki's school, but it's rarely seen.
- Subverted in Futari wa Pretty Cure, there are two school buildings for each gender, but they share the same campus.
- In the Slam Dunk anime, Takezono High School (attended by Oda and his girlfriend Youko, the second a classmate of Sakuragi) was an all-girls school that only very recently went co-ed. It still has more female students than males.
- The Candy Candy series had a Boarding School arc with a set up similar to the Futari wa Pretty Cure and CLAMP Campus ones. It takes place in a school for rich kids with one single campus, but also separate school buildings and dorms for each gender; it's also pretty strict regarding male-female interactions, as Archie tells his girlfriend Annie that talking while on their own could potentially bring them punishment. When Terry and Candy are caught talking outside the dorms in the middle of the night after Eliza slips them an Idiot Ball, both are near expulsed.
- Subverted in the first volume of Finder: It looks like an all-girls school, but that's just because all members of house Llaverac look like females.
- The Medawar clan plays this trope straight, though. Although not stated explicitly, this is probably because Medawar girls are expected to go into medicine and Medawar boys into law enforcement or the military. This is a very big deal for the clan- Medawars have to go into these professions if they want to even have a chance at full clan status- and it is established that the girls at least start medical training quite young, so the boys' and girls' schools probably have different curricula with this in mind.
- Greytowers in Winker Watson as well as their rival school, St. Cuthbert's, are both all-boys. Greytowers' sister school, Oak Ridge School for Girls, also appears on occasion.
- All-Ghouls School is set in Darkmoor Academy, an all-girls school that's also an All-Ghouls School.
- In A Brother's Price, schools are this by default. When Jerin complains that he was never allowed to go to school, his teacher explains that she wouldn't have liked the responsibility to keep the girls away from him. (In that setting, about one boy is born for every ten girls. One can imagine what would happen with teenage hormones added into that. And Jerin is very handsome.)
- The Macdonald Hall books by Gordon Korman are set in an all-boys school very close to an all-girls school.
- In the Swedish novel and movie Ondskan (Evil), Erik attends a very strict all-boys Boarding School.
- There are a couple in Stephen King's The Talisman: a Corrupt Church one run by Sunlight Gardner, and the one from which they help Richard escape.
- The setting of A Little Princess is an all-female Boarding School.
- Several are mentioned across the Discworld series. Mostly all male though Susan attended the Quirm College for Young Ladies in her first appearance.
- As well as "conventional" boarding schools, the Fools' Guild School is all male, and the Assassins' Guild School was until recently (although interestingly, unlike the Fools, the Guild itself wasn't). And then there's Unseen University (which only admits men, but on Discworld women (with one exception) are witches, not wizards.)
- The Gemma Doyle series is set in an all-girls' school.
- The Chocolate War takes place in a Catholic all-boys' school.
- Lowood Academy in Jane Eyre is an all-girl boarding school, and Aunt Reed chooses it for Jane based on how strict the curriculum is - and she did not choose amiss. Fortunately it's headed at least by a Reasonable Authority Figure.
- Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women
- The boys from Lord of the Flies come from one, although obviously the book doesn't take place there. This was because the author believed that having girls on the island would facilitate civilisation, something that would be adverse to the story's symbolic meaning.
- Rugby in Tom Brown's Schooldays and Flashman counts as a real life all-male school.
- Or did at the time; nowadays it is mixed.
- Madeline attends an all-girls boarding school.
Live Action TV
- Eastland in The Facts of Life was an all-girls school, and occasionally had mixers with a nearby all-boys school. In the Grand Finale, Blair purchases Eastland and plans to make it co-ed.
- The WB Presents a Coca-Cola Summer Premiere: Young Americans took place in an all-boys school.
- On Friends the fact that Chandler went to an all-boys high school is brought up a few times.
- The original plot in the short-lived FOX dramedy Opposite Sex is the fact that three boys are somehow enrolled into an otherwise all-girls' private school.
- The "somehow" being that it was a formerly all-girls school whose board decided to go co-ed, but only those three boys' parents signed them up.
- Honey and later Miki and Yuki attend on in Cutey Honey The Live
- Pacific Coast Academy in Zoey 101 was all boys until the start of the show; the basis of many of the first season episodes was the clash of boys versus girls.
- Dalton Academy, home school of the Warblers, a rival of Glee's New Directions to where Kurt later transfers.
- Jane Adams Academy and Dalton's sister school Crawford Country Day are both girls-only.
- On Gossip Girl the girls went to all girls school Constance Billard and the boys went to all boys school St. Jude's. Though since the two schools shared a courtyard you never really noticed that it was two different schools.
- On The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Bel-Air Prep, where Will and Carlton went was an all boys school until about season 3 when it went co-ed.
- The Rival Schools games have Gedo High (all boys) and Seijyun High (all girls). Gedo is a reformatory school for delinquent rejects of other schools, while Seijyun is a high-class private academy teaching traditional Japanese feminine values.
- The school in Skool Daze on the ZX Spectrum is boys-only. The sequel introduces an adjacent girls' school.
- Nancy Drew goes undercover at an all-girl school in Warnings at Waverly Academy. The all-boys school Oxborough is also mentioned as being right down the street from Waverly.
- The Sand Man: Our heroine Sophia attends Loren Catholic Private High School, an all-girls academy. At one point, she uses this to justify leaving David behind. Nevermind the creepy circumstances; that'd be breaking the rules!
- It's briefly mentioned that Shion attends one in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.
- She actually escaped from one one year before the main story, and whenever she's not in Hinamizawa's school she's presumably in one. One of the manga arcs actually center around her previous school.
- Ange Ushiromiya also attends the same one in Umineko no Naku Koro ni. It's not fun for her.
- More Girls Love examples:
- Aoi Shiro
- Shojokyuu ~Kurige no Shiofuki Shoujotachi~
- Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
- The Infinity series has the Kyumeikan Women's High School and University, attended by Younote and Sara (from Ever17) as well as Kokoro (from Remember11)
- The premise of Class Trip Crush involves two such schools - the all-girls school attended by the protagonist, and a neighboring all-boys school - jointly holding a Class Trip with the students divided into coed groups.
- St. Pigeonations', the setting of Hatoful Boyfriend, is a school for gifted birds which is revealed in the manga to be an all boys' school. The protagonist of the games is both human and female, but she's a special case. Apparently it's a little more complicated than that, though. On a Valentine's-like holiday when girls give beans to boys they like Yuuya's locker overflows with presents. It's stated repeatedly that male and female pigeons are all but indistinguishable, and a quite masculine character mentions having laid an egg.
- Lilly Satou of Katawa Shoujo mentions having studied in an all girl catholic school before coming to Yamaku. She also mentions having received several confessions before...
- Orthorbbae Academy in Drowtales is a one gender school for both genders. Male and female drow all attend the school, but are taught, trained and sleep in completely different areas of the school, never mingling or meeting through their entire schooling. The female students are schooled in the school's main giant building, a luxury and beauty filled marvel of drow society, well all male students live within the outlying 8 towers of the school. Any male caught entering the main building is often killed or worse by the female students.
- Magick Chicks takes place at Artemis Academy, which is an all girl school for monster hunters in training. Meaning, there's action girls aplenty and any boys caught tresspassing on their campus is subject to losing an arm, as per their school's protocol.
- As Told by Ginger has an all-female summer camp.
- Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School took place at an all-female school (except for Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy, who were the athletic directors), with an all-male military academy nearby.
- There is a school in one of the episodes of Codename: Kids Next Door which is this, or at least it first appears to be. Until it was revealed that the reason for this was forced Gender Bender via transformation ray, and the person running said school was after world domination.
- The Simpsons had Bart forced to go to an all male Military School, and Lisa electing to go as the first female student. She faces quite a bit of bullying for the the boys for upsetting the school dynamic. Especially from the boys who were ousted from the dorm bunker that became the girls dorm.
- One episode featured a girl named Samantha, whose father sent her to an all-girls school after he found out how close she was to Milhouse.
- The Real Ghostbusters once infiltrated an all-girls school.
- Lydia Deetz attends Miss Shannon's School for Girls on Beetlejuice. Only one boy was seen at the school, the kid auditioning with Lydia for the school play of "Romeo And Juliet" in the episode "Stage Fright".