Aligah Alford, center, works on a class assignment as sixth-grade social studies teacher Earnest Hall, standing, right, gives directions to his class at the Winston-Salem Prepatory Academy, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. The school instituted single-gender classes this year.
Winston-Salem Prepatory Academy teachers Janel Sharpe, left, and Carlos Rodriguez, rt., seen at the school Thursday, Dec., 5, 2013, say their students have responded positively to the experiment of single-gender classes.
Danielle Moore, a sixth-grade language arts teacher at Winston-Salem Prepatory Academy, at the school Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Moore said, "When the girls are not in the classroom, I get a lot more out of my guys."
An all-male sixth-grade science class is seen at the Winston-Salem Prepatory Academy on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. The middle school has been experimenting with single-gender classes in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.
Dwayne Leach, right, helps a student in his all-male math class at Winston-Salem Prepatory Academy, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Leach likes the single-gender class system, saying it encourages his students to open up in class.
Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 12:00 am
A change at Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy has shaken up classroom dynamics, even pitting boys against girls in the school's lower grades.
Don't worry, though, teachers say. It's all in the spirit of healthy competition, and it's leading to better classroom performance on all fronts.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 12:00 am.