Twin schooling

How it works

We all know boys and girls learn differently, yet there are many advantages to co-educational learning.

That’s why Pittwater House has combined the best of both words in an innovative learning environment.

We call it ‘twin schooling’, and you might have heard it called ‘parallel learning’ or ‘gender-biased learning’.

What is twin schooling? It’s single-sex classes on a co-educational campus.

It gives your child all the advantages of gender-specific teaching combined with the many social benefits of a co-educational campus.

Real-world learning

We provide a finely tuned blend of single and mixed-gender learning to ensure your child is equipped for the real world.

Our classes are single-sex from Kindergarten until Year 8. In Year 9, students experience mixed-gender classes for elective subjects. They continue to have single-sex classes for English, Maths, Science, History, Geography and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE).

From Year 11 onwards, all classes are mixed to prepare students for life after school.

Importantly, form classes, which are the cornerstone of our Pastoral Care Program, remain single-sex all the way from Kindergarten until Year 12. This ensures a nurturing and safe form class environment where students feel comfortable raising sensitive issues.

Advantages of twin schooling

Research shows psychological differences between how males and females think, communicate and behave.

For example, boys are more likely to answer questions in class, and girls are more willing to ask for help.

Single-sex classes promote both academic and developmental outcomes. We find students are less distracted, have a greater sense of achievement and have higher self-esteem.

Boys can relax and express themselves more effectively while girls can feel free to be assertive.

Our teachers have the freedom to use proven, gender-specific strategies specially designed for an all-boy or all-girl classroom.

At the same time, we help students relate to the other gender with ease and confidence.

That’s where our co-educational campus really shines.

Boys and girls socialise during break time as well as before and after school, in extra-curricular activities, at school events and gradually in class from Year 9 onwards.

This ensures students have the skill and confidence to work, collaborate and relate with the opposite gender, setting them up for success at university and the workplace.

“Single-sex classes offer my children a tailored educational experience, they also have the benefits of socialising in a co-ed environment at Pittwater House. Now they have the best of both worlds.”

Tanya, Pittwater House mum