In our highly competitive world we often hear the phrase, “the bigger, the better”. While this may be true for certain material items in our lives, in the world of classroom size and teacher-student ratios, sometimes smaller is more beneficial for the students, teachers, and school community as a whole. If your child feels more like a number rather than a vital member of the class family, then maybe you should reconsider why class size really matters. Here are four reasons why we believe smaller truly is better.
- Academic Performance – Numerous studies have been done to assess the impact of class size on student achievement. According to the National Council of Teachers of English and the Department of Education, research shows that students in smaller classes perform better in all subjects and on all assessments when compared to their peers in larger classes. In smaller classes students tend to be as much as one to two months ahead in content knowledge, and they score higher on standardized assessments.
- Student Engagement – Academic performance is only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to measuring student success. In smaller class settings, students have the opportunity to speak up and be heard among their peers. Interactions at school can help build self-confidence and public speaking skills, not to mention the ability to adapt to intellectual and educational challenges.
- Tailored Instruction – Teachers who have fewer children in the classroom have the advantage of tailoring instruction, activities, and assignments to the students in their classrooms no matter the differences in skill and ability.
- Classes Become a Community – With fewer students per class, individuals can connect more closely with their peers and become more confident and comfortable when it comes to sharing their ideas and perspectives. These connections lead to lasting friendships. A unique aspect of North Shore Christian School is that not only do the children gain the benefits of a tightly-knit classroom community, but they also have the ability to get to know children in other classes beyond their own, thus broadening their friendship community.