Message from Head of School Ms. Nicia Fullwood
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the Class of 2021 and 2022 to BELA. You’re the first to experience the BELA journey. A journey that's rooted in inquiry, self discovery, creativity, developing your intellectual confidence, and finding your voice...your authentic voice. A voice that will impact policies, cure diseases, challenge the status quo, and mentor future BELA students. Welcome to the BELA family!
The BELA Journey
The BELA Mission
To empower each young woman to be the best version of herself. Through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, service learning initiatives, and a commitment to cultivating a spirit of ownership within each young woman, BELA students will attend and graduate from college.
At BELA, we believe in a community of young women who uplift, encourage, empower, and challenge each other well beyond their time at BELA, and who will serve as eternal lifelines.
At BELA, we believe in taking care of ourselves emotionally, spiritually, and physically to foster positive resilience and strength.
At BELA, we believe the giving of oneself is our personal responsibility. We invest in strengthening the needs of our local and global community by teaching and practicing service.
At BELA, we believe in a stimulating learning environment that promotes academic achievement, intellectual confidence, innovation and exploration, and life-long learning.
“We know that educating girls is the best investment we can make, not just in their future, but in the future of their families, their communities, and their countries.” - First Lady Michelle Obama
BELA’s all-girls model is grounded in extensive research on the effectiveness of single sex education in high school. Dr. Linda Sax’s, a Stanford professor, research has concluded the following:
Greater academic engagement: Women graduates of single-sex schools exhibit higher academic engagement than their coeducational counterparts as measured by time spent studying, doing homework, tutoring or talking with teachers outside of class.
Higher SAT scores: Women who attended single-sex schools tended to outscore their coeducational counterparts
Higher academic self-confidence: In addition to higher levels of academic engagement, graduates of single-sex schools tended to report higher academic self-confidence.
Higher confidence in mathematical ability and computer skills: Graduates of single-sex schools arrive at college with greater confidence in their mathematical and computer abilities.
Greater interest in engineering careers and higher career aspirations: Career aspirations tended to be the same with the exception of engineering. Graduates of single-sex schools are more likely to say that they plan to become engineers than their coeducational peers. In addition, research has suggested that a single-sex learning environment may contribute to girls thinking more expansively about their career aspirations. For example, one study found that girls from single-sex schools were more likely to aspire to higher prestige careers compared to girls from co-ed schools.