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Introduction

After thirty-two years as an elite, all-male school, Xavier Preparatory High School1 changed its educational mission. The school decided to enroll young women. Xavier’s decision to become coeducational affected the educational environment of a large Catholic diocese including two other single-sex sister schools, one that also became coeducational, and the other that affirmed its commitment to a continued mission of single-sex education. The decision also provided a serendipitous opportunity to study gender within the context of single-sex and coeducational settings.