As parents we are concerned about how much attention our son(s) or daughter(s) are receiving from their classroom teacher. As we think about the amount of attention a student is able to receive in class, how important is a small class size? As with many things, you can find articles that debate the importance of the size of a class, claiming that the quality of the instruction is more of a factor. I can’t argue with the fact that the quality of the teacher is vitally important. However, what if you can find a school that can deliver both? What if you have small class size and great teaching taking place within that smaller setting? The answer is obvious. With smaller class sizes, students receive the attention they need and achieve academic growth. I believe we have both of those things here at Lenawee Christian. What if you have both of those important requirements plus a Christ-centered learning environment that is based on Biblical truths? It’s a winning combination that focuses on the spiritual, academic and emotional growth for each and every student.
On a paper published by ClassSizeMatters.org they cited several studies but one that stuck to me said, “The benefits of class size reduction in the early grades last throughout a student’s educational career. In 4th, 6th, and 8th grade, students who attended smaller classes in the early grades were significantly ahead of their regular-class peers in all subjects. By 8th grade, they were still almost a full year ahead of their peers” (Finn, 2001). When pouring over the data we collect to analyze student achievement I see this played out in each one of our grades. Currently we have an average of 18 students per classroom in grades K-2 and in kindergarten the ratio of adults to students is 1:8. We take pride in knowing each and every student’s needs and these small ratios helps us achieve this.
Jeremy Finn et. al, “The Enduring Effects of Small Classes,” Teachers College Record, Volume 103, Number 2, April 2001, pp. 145–183