Small Class Size = Individual Attention for Your Child

How much attention do students at your children’s school get from their teachers? Class size and student-to-teacher ratio are important considerations when evaluating the effectiveness of your children’s education.
“Class size reduction in the early grades helps students achieve because there is a greater opportunity for individual interaction between student and teacher in a small class,” according to an article on the GreatSchools website.

To paraphrase C. Frederick Mostelle, a distinguished Harvard University statistician who researched class sizes: “Reducing the size of classes in the early grades reduces the distractions in the room and gives the teacher more time to devote to each child.”

Researchers have found that gains in achievement generally occur when class size is reduced to fewer than 20 students. “At Jacksonville Country Day we intentionally limit the class size so that we can ensure each student receives the optimal attention,” Tonya Elstein, Director of Education, said. Each class has an 18 student limit and has a Lead and Associate teacher, so there is a 9:1 student to teacher ratio at most.

Research shows that when class size reduction programs are well-designed and implemented in the primary grades, student achievement rises as class size drops.

The are many gray areas in education, but class size is clearly not one of them. Various research has concluded that smaller classes in the early grades can boost student academic achievement.

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Located In Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Country Day School is a private school for Pre-K 3 through 6th grade. JCDS prepares students for a healthy and productive lifetime of intellectual exploration, character development, and social responsibility.