Clayton students could learn in single-sex classes


JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) -- The superintendent for Clayton County schools says having male and female students learning in separate classrooms could help boost academic achievement.

Superintendent John Thompson told the school board Monday he was looking into the benefits of separating students by gender. The county's first all-male academy opened in August at North Clayton High School.

North Clayton principal Clarence Jackson told the board that single-sex classes have helped the 87 boys at the school focus academically. But he also said the classes shouldn't be mandatory.

District research associate Qiana Cutts said test data shows the boys at North Clayton are performing better and are more comfortable in class.

Officials have been working to improve the district since its accreditation was revoked Sept. 1.

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