I saw this on the kindergarten board and thought it would be interesting to compare high schools. I have 102 right now in 5 classes, although I'm sure that will change. This is the smallest number of students I've had since I taught middle school (then I had about 80, although I saw some of them again in reading or study skills). My first year I had about 135. That was tough. I was supposed to have 35 students in each of two honors sections this year, but they created a third (and gave it to someone else ). I only have 15 students signed up for journalism (mostly returning students or motivated students whom I already know, although of course we do need to recruit some underclassmen to keep the program running in future years -- good thing I am the 10th grade honors teacher), which is probably because guidance has learned that if they give me behavioral problems without writing skills or "athletes who need a grade" (as one student identified himself last year), I'll just explain to guidance that recommendations are required for a reason. So what do they do? Stick them all in yearbook with the poor first year teacher. She's got 30 and only 1 returning from last year! :sorry: Now, for the record, it's not like I'm heartless and just send every non-honors students back to guidance for a schedule change. I choose my battles. I got along very well with a star athlete (in need of an academic credit, of course) who had been kicked out of yearbook for being a "chauvinist." All he did was sit there quietly and earn a D. He didn't do much classwork, but if the kids needed him to do something for the paper, he did it, and he was good at getting interviews and talking to seniors. He got signed for $200k at the end of the year, and I told him if he had never listened to me before, that the one thing I wanted him to hear was that he should invest and save. Last I heard he had gotten a Hummer. I also have a kid returning from last year that I considered removing (learning disabled, unable to interview or write coherently) because I'd already let him remain in the class for a year without a recommendation, but I think I'll just explain to him that to stay in the class he'll have to remain at level I journalism and do all the classwork and activities that they do. Barely passing journalism I does not promote you to being an editor, but I have a feeling he'll just be happy he can stay.