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One-Gender School
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A school that only admits male or female students. Even today, 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. Male students tend to thrive in a competitive, individual-driven environment while females tend to do better in a cooperative and relational one.


There is, of course, a feeling in many quarters that Hormone Addled 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 Australia, many Catholic schools, other private schools and selective public schools are single-sex, as well as quite a few comprehensive 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:
  • 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.
  • 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 ½ 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.
  • Marcille and Falin from Delicious in Dungeon went to an all female magic academy.
  • 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.
    • A throw away line at the beginning mentions that Kuoh Academy in High School DXD used to be in the reverse situation. An all-girls school that now accepts male students. Quote possibly just so Rias could have Kiba and Gasper enroll there with the rest of her peerage.
  • 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 girl-only School
  • The eponymous Cromartie High School may be set in one
  • Maria†Holic
  • 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 Hino/Mars attends a Catholic girls' school, T.A. Academy, which is the focus of two episodes of the first anime. It's clearly inspired by a real-life all-girls school in Tokyo.
  • 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. It's still incredibly skewed the first year with a male to female ratio of 28:524.
  • 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. This causes interesting implications about Nyamo's "love letter" incident.
    • In both, Kimura brings up a conversation that he had with a teacher at a girls' high school. He apparently laments not being employed at one, as well, because they apparently let the students who have P.E. early in the day wear their P.E. uniforms and swimsuits to homeroom. Instead, he's a teacher at a co-ed high school, which not only has a lower percentage of students for him to be interested in ogling, but because of the boys, the girls have to confine their wearing of those outfits to P.E..
  • 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 Prison School 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.
  • In high school the cast of Wandering Son broke up and several characters ended up in one-sex schools:
    • Chizuru, Momoko, and Kanako were Demoted to Extra as they went to an all-girls school.
    • Nitori originally wanted to go to the no-uniforms school Takatsuki and Saori end up in, however ended up failing to get in. Nitori, Makoto, Fumiya, Oka, and Doi all end up going to the same all-boys school. It's troublesome because Nitori and Makoto are trans girls and both Oka and Doi bullied Nitori throughout elementary and middle school. Nitori doesn't enjoy wearing a male uniform however outside of school she starts wearing a female version of the uniform when she goes out as a girl, instead of the Sailor Fuku she had worn since elementary.
    • Anna and Maiko always went to an all-girls school. Nitori bemoans once that she can't go to the same high school as her girlfriend Anna.
  • Tamura from Bokura no Hentai begins going to an all-boys school when he graduates middle school and Ryousuke transfer there later. Marika's best friend Akane has asked her if she wants to go the school because she likes Tamura, however that would mean Marika would need to detransition. She ends up going to a co-ed high school as a girl.
  • In Bakuman。, while Mashiro, Takagi and Miyoshi go to a coed high school, Azuki, who is Mashiro's girlfriend and Miyoshi's best friend, goes to an all-girls high school in Hachioji.
  • In Classi9, Melite is an all-boys school, so Ren has to pass as a boy named Rentarou. The director threatened to expel her and Mozart if someone learns about her gender.
  • Mei no Naisho takes place in an all-girls boarding school, though the main character is a boy who was Raised as the Opposite Gender.
  • A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun both feature the prestigious Tokiwadai Middle School, an all girl's school that only caters to very high levelled Espers.
  • Little Witch Academia is set in Luna Nova, a school for witches and only witches, and an all boys school patterned after Eton, for non magical men called Appleton Academy also appears. Both of them are private boarding schools.
  • Slow Start is set in Hoshio Girls' High School.
  • While Bloom Into You is set in a co-ed high school, it's revealed that Sayaka Saeki went to "a school for rich girls" before transferring to her current school. In her case, she specifically chose to transfer from a girls' only school to a coed one as a result of a breakup with her senpai and girlfriend.
  • While the main setting of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War is a co-ed Elevator School, at least one character is known to attend an all-girls school, and Hayasaka masqueraded as a student from another one when she was trying to seduce Shirogane.
  • Sagiri from Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs, is said to have gone to one of these, which may be an explanation as to why she is so quick to attack Kogarashi.
  • Shoujo Kageki Revue Starlight sets place in Seisho Music Academy, an all female school. Since the show takes a lot of inspiration from the Takarazuka Revue, with Seisho being inspired by the Takarazuka Music School, it only makes sense.
  • In the Love Live! franchise, every school shown is an all-girls' school.
  • In Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online, Karen Kohiruimaki, the main character, attends a women's college. Unfortunately, since it's an elevator school and Karen didn't go to the associated high school, she has trouble making friends.
  • In Accel World, while the protagonists' middle school is coed, there's an all-girls high school that's the site of the White Legion's headquarters.
  • In Citrus, Aihara Academy is a girls-only school, which hampers Yuzu's plans to get a boyfriend at the start of the series. And then she meets Mei...

    Comic Books 
  • The Backstagers takes place at St. Genesius Preportory High which is an all-boys school and it's right next to Penitent Angels, an all-girls school, a school Bennett attended before coming out as trans.
  • Fence is set in at elite all-boys boarding school Kings Row.
  • Finder:
    • Subverted in the first volume: 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 Robin Tim Drake is sent to the all boys boarding school Brentwood Academy by his father and his one time girlfriend Ariana was sent to an all girls school in Gotham named Dillon Academy after her uncle walked in on her kissing Tim while wearing lingerie.
  • Wonder Woman: Holliday College was a women's college in the Golden Age. It's subsequent appearances and in Elseworlds tales like The Legend of Wonder Woman (2016) have often made it mixed gender.


  • 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 and other wizard colleges, which only teach men (sometimes saying women simply can't be wizards, sometimes claiming problems with the plumbing, and possibly secretly afraid that if women were wizards they might turn out to be good at it). By inference in Thief of Time, the Thieves' Guild School is co-educational and has probably been so for a long time.
  • 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.
  • The eponymous boarding schools of Enid Blyton's Malory Towers and St. Clare's are all-girls schools.
  • The Gallagher Girls: 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.
  • In the Star Darlings franchise, the Star Darlings go to an all-girls' school. The glossary states that a male equivalent also exists.
  • Drearcliff Grange in The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School is an all-girls Superhero School.
  • Cackle Academy in The Worst Witch only teaches girls. The later books introduce an equivalent boys' school, Moonridge High.

    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. Since the two schools shared a courtyard you never really noticed that it was two different schools.
  • On The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will and Carlton attended Bel-Air Prep, which is an all-boys school. Will is told this shortly after arriving for his first day, and he is not pleased. In season 3, the school goes co-ed. Philip, Carlton, and Will all make a fuss and Will is much happier.
  • Mentioned in the series finale of Clarissa Explains It All where Clarissa's best friend Sam gets admitted to an all girl university, because they thought "Sam" was short for "Samantha". After discovering the error, the university decides to become co-ed much to the delight of the female students who can't stop gushing about how hot Sam is.
  • The Outer Limits (1995): In "Straight and Narrow", the Milgram Academy is an all-boys school.

  • The Children's Hour is about two school teachers who work at an all-girls boarding school. It's a very small school and they're the only two teachers. Most of the play doesn't actually take place in the school, because early in the play it essentially closes down due to a student spreading rumors that her teachers are having an affair. All the parents end up pulling their kids out of the school.

  • Dice Funk: The party finds out the hard way that the Pickman Academy doesn't admit girls when it ruins their plan to infiltrate it.

    Video Games 
  • 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. In the first game Akira attends Gedo disguised as a boy and teams up with Gan and Eiji/Edge to search for her missing brother Daigo, but in the second she attends Seijyun instead and her in-game teammates are Yurika and Aoi/Zaki.
  • 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!
  • Ensemble Stars! The Producer course in Yumenosaki High was once an all male school. That is until The Player Anzu started attending
  • L’Academie De Notre Maitre Des Medailles from Dragon Quest XI is an all girls school, meant to cultivate fine young ladies. It also serves as the location you can bring all of your mini medals to. The Hero, despite not being a young lady, is made an honorary member.

    Visual Novels 
  • When They Cry:
  • More Girls' Love examples:
  • 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...
  • Vincennes Academy in Princess Evangile is an exclusive all-girls school founded by French Catholic missionaries. However, due to being on the verge of bankruptcy, many of the school's administrators seek to subvert this by planning on converting to a coeducational school, which in theory would double the number of incoming students, and by extension help to get the school's debts back.

  • 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.
  • Scalie Schoolie takes place in an all female high school of lizards.
  • Future's Hope Academy for Magical Girls in Sleepless Domain, all-female as well as all-magical. The school is stated to offer a strong education for its students, in part as a reward for the fact that they risk their lives fighting monsters on a nightly basis. The school also adjusts its hours, starting later than regular schools, to accommodate those nightly battles and give the girls a chance to rest in-between. Attending Future's Hope isn't compulsory, but it is recommended for active magical girls since otherwise they're stuck being a Triple Shifter.
  • The Secrets of the Afterlife offers a cast mainly female. The school the characters attempt is an all-girls place, as long as the village.

    Western Animation 
  • 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 :
    • Bart was forced to go to an all male Military School, and Lisa elected 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 Catholic school after he found out how close she was to Milhouse.
    • Ned Flanders says that he attended one in "A Streetcar Named Marge".
    • In the episode "Girls Just Wanna Have Sums", after Principal Skinner makes a controversial remark on how women can't do math, Springfield Elementary is swiftly split into one-gender sides. Lisa is excited about this at first, but when she finds the girls' math classes boring, she dons a male disguise to take math in the boys' side instead.
  • The Real Ghostbusters once infiltrated an all-girls school.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic originally had the Ponyville schoolhouse consist of all female fillies in the first season, until the second season onward had Snips and Snails as well as other male colts such as Featherweight, Truffles, and Pipsqueak attend.
  • 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".

Alternative Title(s): All Girl School


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