How does your school split up SpEd students, ELL students, and 504? How about class sizes? General Ed compared to Pre-Ap?

Most of the Sped students are put in the same class to facilitate the aide's or the Sped teacher's schedules. The ELLs are split among the grade level, but I have seen them put all in one class. I think the same goes for our 504 students. Texas has a cap for K-4 at 22 students. Most of our classes in other grades are usually no more than 28. BUT, I did have a year with 6 Sped students, 8 ELLs, 8 students with 504 plans with ADD or ADHD, 1 GT, and the rest were "regular" students. The total is more than 22 because some had multiple labels. (I asked to have the GT kid moved to another room so she could work with another GT student at times.)

We try to be as fair as possible when distributing our SpEd students (meaning we try to ascertain that each teacher in the grade-level has the same or nearly the same number of SpEd students). As far as ELs are concerned--pretty much everyone at my site is an EL! My site has the highest number of ELs in the district.

In my current position as a specialist, I get every student on campus. In my previous position as an electives teacher, I got whoever signed up for my class (or whomever the counselor signed up for my class). I did not have an aide of any sort. In general I tended to have a few more honors and AP students than the average teacher, due to the nature of the elective that I taught.

YES! I completely forgot about high maintenance parents! We most definitely take that into consideration when forming classes! We painstakingly distribute our behavior problems as fairly as possible, too! A lot of time and effort goes into forming classes! The teachers are incredibly methodical!