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Boys welcomed at once all-girl school

Isaac Savaiinaea Isaac Savaiinaea
Chelsea Seki Chelsea Seki
Sister Joan of Arc Souza Sister Joan of Arc Souza

By Tracy Gladden - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The boys are back in town this year at one Honolulu school.

The boys are in the hood. In St. Francis' hood that is. The once all-girl school opens its doors this school year to 35 boys.

'I was thinking I don't know if I should come because it's kinda weird when there's only seven boys and the rest are girls," said incoming 8th grader Isaac Savaiinaea.

"The girls are crazy I think the guys who go here are lucky, seriously you get all the girls in the whole school," senior Chelsea Seki said.

It all started in 2006 when parents asked to send all their children to the same school. "They wanted everybody to come. So we opened up the elementary and going co-ed, so it's time to change," Principal Sister Joan of Arc Souza said.

For the core subjects like English, science and math, boys and girls will remain in separate classrooms. "There's proof on both sides. Some do better in co-ed and some do better in single gender," Souza said.

"It's just a different feeling, and I think bringing guys in to the school I think a lot of girls are excited," Seki said.

St. Francis is the only school in Hawaii with both co-ed and all girl classes in the 7th and 8th grades.

"They have a good education and I'm trying to bring up the sports over here," Savaiinaea said.

Towering over his classmates, he definitely won't have a problem doing that.

The change at St. Francis is an educational experiment based on the theory that 20% of girls learn like boys and 20% of boys learn like girls.

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