Class size in full day Kindergarten

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  1. Klehrerin

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    Hello fellow kinder teachers! I am very interested in gathering information from various states (including my own, California)! What is the average class size of a full day kindergarten class at your school? Please share your location in your response. Thank you in advance!!!!
     
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    California’s Central Valley:

    Class sizes for full-day kinder range between 24-26 students.
     
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    Southern Ontario--FDK classes have 30 students with a teacher and an educational assistant.
     
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    In Georgia, 28 with a paraprofessional assigned to the classroom but leave periodically to do a few duties.
     
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    I'm in CO. It varies based on enrollment. We've had classes as low as 20, but this year they're all around 28. Each K class gets para support for a small portion of the day; they don't have full time paras assigned to them. So most of the time, it's the 28 kids with one teacher.
     
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    That is great that you get some support, but still high numbers :(
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    thank you!
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    MA caps at 24 per classroom. This year I only have 16 kindergartners but other schools in my district have 23. We have a full time para in each class also.
     
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    I don’t understand class sizes in CO. My nephew’s 2nd grade class had 30 students; however, his 3rd grade class has 21 students.

    He goes to a school where the population is not transient whatsoever (District 20), so I’m sure his teacher will have a small class size all year long.

    Here in CA, they would’ve moved a teacher to another grade/school and created a 2/3 combo class to make equal class sizes across the board.
     
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    I've never actually seen a combo class IRL, so maybe it's not as bad as I'm imagining, but it sounds like an absolute nightmare to me! I would much, much, much rather have a larger class than be required to teach 2 grade levels in the same classroom. I just can't even picture how that would be done effectively at all. I would also imagine that it would be a better situation for the students to be in a larger class than a class where the teacher is trying to cover two grade levels worth of content/curriculum in one school year. Our union isn't really even that strong and I don't think they'd allow a situation like that to happen if it was suggested.

    If one class was way disproportionately small, they might move that teacher to another grade level, but definitely not a combo class situation. We don't tend to end up with discrepancies large enough to warrant moving people around. Right now the largest classes are around 27-28, and the smallest around 21-22.

    Our teachers tend to stay in the same grade levels, so it does end up being "fair," because if your 3rd grade class is huge but the 2nd grade classes are small, you'll get the small class the next year. We also give the most para time to the largest classes.
     
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    Combo classes are far too common here. My school has a K/1, 2/3, 4/5, and 5/6. I don’t know how the teachers do it. It’s always the teachers with the least seniority who end up teaching those classes, too, unfortunately.

    It’s a numbers game here in CA. It’s out of the hands of site admin. Under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), we receive $$$ from the state of CA based on average class sizes of 24 (hence, all the combo classes).
     
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    In British Columbia, the maximum allowed in a kindergarten class is 20 students.
     
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    Class sizes across K-4 in my building are about 21-22
     
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    Why the newest teachers? Does admin not have the ability to determine this?
     
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    No. The Collective Bargaining Agreement spells out all of this for us.
     
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    In Texas classes sizes for k-3 are capped at 22.However in some schools they have more than that because schools can apply for waivers. I have been at my school for 10 years and only once for a few weeks did I have 22. Certain grade levels have had up to 22 depending on the number of teachers in the grade level. Like right now we are down a teacher in first grade so everyone is at 22. It is extremely rare for us to have the limit.
     
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    Wow! That must be great for you as well as beneficial for the students! Are you at a public school or a private school?
     
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    Public and in a very urban district. The 16 is an anomaly that im sure will never happen again. But im lucky because my district puts its money where its worth. My last district only had a.m. paras. Paras are so vital. I have no idea how K teachers do it alone
     

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