How Many in Your Class this Year?

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  1. CFClassroom

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    After seeing another thread about crowded classes I was shocked by the numbers some of you are dealing with. I had 25 two years ago and it seemed like an extremely high amount. I'm wondering if this is regional or just a sad "sign of the times."

    So...if you have a second...

    How many students will you have in your class and what's your grade level?
    Where are you located?
    Is this the norm?
     
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  3. CFClassroom

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    I should probably add my own info too

    20 students
    3rd grade
    Massachusetts
    Most classes have 17-22.
     
  4. Aliceacc

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    I won't know for another month. I'm in a Catholic high school on Long Island NY.

    But our classes tend to run large.

    Typical for us is anywhere from 32-41.

    This year I'll have 4 daily classes, plus 5 classes that each meet once a week.

    So figure 9 x 38, or ballpark 342.

    Plus I'll have a study hall or cafeteria duty. Last year's study was 40 sophomores in a classroom-- total heaven!!! The two years before that I was one of 4 teachers in the cafeteria for 9th period study hall-- figure an additional 250 or so kids.

    And this year I won't have a homeroom-- that would be another 40.
     
  5. kimrandy1

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    Not one of our classes will have under 20 this year. Kdg is sitting at 26 per class, 1st is at about 23, and the only other two I know are 4th (23) and 5th (29).
    Kim
     
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    I will have 18 second graders. Our other K - 3rd grade classes will number from 16 - 20. Our administration wants low numbers in these grades.
    I'm located in the lower Hudson Valley of NY.
     
  7. Lynn K.

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    Last year I had 18. This year I will have 27. 5 of them are on IEPs or Service Plans. One of those has profound auditory processing issues. A different 6 of them have "anxiety issues."

    Last year those same kids were in two classrooms, so this will be a shock for them and their parents.

    I teach in a small Catholic elementary school; the administration decided that we had to close the other 5th grade this year to save money.
     
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    I teach 7th grade LA. I'm in FL, so the maximum I can have is 154.

    (I think. I have some adv. classes this year, and I believe that's now considered an "elective" by Tally and thus not subject to the class size limits).
     
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    Fourth Grade
    22
    Texas

    I think we still have the 22:1 ratio in k-4 statewide. I heard they were going to change the law but I never saw that in the email updates I get from the professional organization.
     
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    Georgia Pre-K is required to have 22 this year. No more, no less. If you go below 20 or above 22, your class is in danger of being closed.
     
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    I teach 7/8- 2 classes of each grade with 25 kids in each class so a total 100. Sometimes they'll sneak an extra kid in but usually they are good about capping us at 25. We are a charter school so we usually only admit a new student if one leaves.
     
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    In Kindergarten I have 20 this year
    I am in Northern NJ - Public School
    This is below average for us. I assume that by september I will be up to at least 22/23
     
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    Class sizes in grades 1 to 3 are hard-capped at 20 to start the year--all of those classes will start at that number. After the first month, if there are new enrollments, those classes can go up to 23.

    In grades 4 to 6, the class sizes usually start between 27 and 30. With new enrollments, they could go up to 31 or 32 during the yer.

    In grades 7 and 8, we usually start at 29 or 30 and go up from there. (When my son was in grade 8, his class had 37 students and the other grade 8 class had 38).

    Staffing is assigned to schools based on a complex formula. With new enrollments, if a class increases dramatically in size, we need to re-organize the classes; it is never as simple as hiring another teacher when class sizes increase.
     
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    I am going to be teaching 3rd grade in Minnesota and my class has 16 students right now, the other 3rd grade class will have 17.
     
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    I will have 25 in 3rd grade (the state max). I am in Arkansas.
     
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    I teach at an alternative school, so our classes are very small. I probably won't have more than 12 in a class, and 9 is closer to average.

    At our traditional campuses, they will have about 30 in a class.
     
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    I will have 4 college prep classes of 38 seniors, although one could go up to 42. I'm hoping my standard class won't be bigger than 30. We're supposed to be capped at 175, but I've gone over 180 in the past.
     
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    I just got up and when I read this I thought you were going to have 27.5 kids. :lol: Guess I should start drinking coffee.
     
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    Each district around here seems to be different right now but they are all going up due to the budget. California schools had been receiving an incentive for staying under 20 for some grades but it is no longer worth it financially. I hear some will be at 24-27 and the high school will be 32+ but some districts are going even higher. When I first started teaching the parent participation preschool we only needed 12, then 14, then 18, then 21, then 24, now 25. Crazy! My pay didn't double. My supply budget didn't double. They had to buy me more chairs.
     
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    I have 7 right now, with the possibility of going up to 9. Our classes will cap at 15. I had 7 last year.

    I teach at a private K-8 school outside of San Francisco.
     
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    We haven't started yet but we've been told to plan on 25-27
    3rd grade
    Idaho

    But the 2nd grade this coming year...yeah, they're looking at 26-30 based on the enrollment from last year.

    Can't wait for registration next week to see the numbers! For us it's like a big lottery when we see the high numbers...it's crazy exciting; maybe because we're a bunch of teachers wired on the thrill of the challenge.
     
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    I am not sure yet... I have heard that I will have anywhere from 17-30. They are really watching enrollment and seeing if they can justify another second grade. I am teaching at a charter school in AZ
     
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    Currently I have 21 on my list for next year; 9 girls and 12 boys. I will be teaching 3rd grade. We have 6 sessions of third grade. Our cap is 29.
    I anticipate having at least 25 on my list by the time school starts in Sept.
    I am in western Washington.
     
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    24 and holding, I hope! :) Had 28 last year and 26 every year before that...we average 25. South Dakota
     
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    I'm teaching 8th, 10th, and 12th this year. Each grade has approximately 35 students and each grade gets two classes (a regular and an honors) so my class sizes are small and I'm extremely grateful for that!

    I'm in NW Ohio at a small Catholic school.
     
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    I'm fully expecting 40-45 per period range.. which, unfortunitly, is not unusual for me :(.

    I won't know for another month or so though.. although when I get access to my gradebook next monday I'll have an idea.
     
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    :eek: That's a lot of kids in one room! I don't even know if I could fit that many kids into the room I student taught in! We had 33 in there once and actually had to tell a few kids to come to a different period (It was on a day where they could choose which period to come to). It was crazy!
     
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    How many students will you have in your class and what's your grade level? 20-22 (unsure exactly which yet) in 1st Grade
    Where are you located? Texas
    Is this the norm? Yes, our superintendent refuses to allow more than 22 in a room.
     
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    I think I will have 14, which is bigger than my group of 11 last year. That's the great benefit of teaching at a private school! :) I love small classes.
     
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    I also teach in a private school, and have 14. 7 boys and 7 girls. I am just so happy to have an even number!

    I have had up to 17 at this school and as few as 13. 14 seems perfect to me!

    I'm in Western Washington.
     
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    I will have between 20-24 fourth graders this year.
    I'm in Eastern NC
    I teach at a charter so they try REALLY hard to keep our class sizes small...friends of mine in the public schools have had 30+ in their rooms in the past
     
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    Last year I had 21, then down to 17 by year's end. This year I'm looking at about 19-23, but I won't know until a few days before school.
     
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    I have 15 and that is my class limit. :)
     
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    At my charter school

    24 for Kindergarten

    25 or 26 for 1-8th.

    I'm in Michigan
     
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    I'm expecting 19; all identified SWD and all 4th grade (I'm a SpEd teacher). I'm in Ohio.

    The regular classes of 4th should have anywhere from 20-24. Still waiting on class rosters to know for sure.
     
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    I'm amazed at some of these small class sizes!!!:eek:

    I'm finishing up my student teaching in the fall, so I don't have my own class to report, but I know my student teaching school for my last placement was:

    K: 30 (no aide)
    1st-3rd: 27-28
    4th-6th: 34

    Southern California - and these sizes are VERY normal around here!
     
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    5th Grade
    Indiana
    23 students (as of right now)
     
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    I am expecting 27.

    Fourth grade in SW Ohio.
     
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    I'm at a private school in TX. I doubt if I'll have more than 12 students. It could be as few as 8. I'm teaching 3rd grade this year.
     
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    Public school, 23 kids.
    Last year, 22
    Two years ago, 20 (supposed cap!)

    Common? No, under actually. Other local districts are up to 30-35!
     
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    Ooh, your kids are lucky to get so much individualized attention!

    I'll be teaching first grade in a public school in Kentucky. I have 23 right now, but I'm expecting more as the year progresses.
     
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