What's your schools average class size? (Or, what's your class size?)

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  1. MrsC

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    I have 28 in my grade 7 class this year.

    Our JK/K classes can have up to 30 (with 2 teachers), grades 1-3 are capped at 20, grades 4-6 can have up to 30, grades 7 and 8 up to 32.
     
  2. Loveslabs

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    I teach in a k-3 building. In second grade I have 27 students, 12 of which are special needs.
    We have half day kindergarten which averages around 25 students per class. First grade runs 30-34 per room. Our third grade runs 24-28 per room.
    We took my daughter for a college tour at a public university on Saturday. The tour guides said the classes directly related to their majors have 10-15 students max per class. I did look this information up on the college's website, and it is true.
    That fact makes me a bit crazy as I try to meet the needs of so many young students at one time.
     
  3. Missy

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    About 22, this year. Our district contract mandates an aide at 25 for K - 2, and at 27 for 3 - 5.

    MS and HS have student load numbers (150?).
     
  4. monsieurteacher

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    I have several classes...

    School A
    Grade 5FI - 22
    Grade 4FI - 19
    Grade 4PIF - 24
    Grade 4SS/Sci - 7

    School B
    Grade 3 - 20
    Grade 4 - 10

    (FI = French Immersion, PIF = Pre-Intensive (or Core) French, SS/Sci = Social Studies and Science)

    The reason my two small grade four classes are so low is that I teach the grade fours in a 4/5 split at both schools.
     
  5. txmomteacher2

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    In my grade level non of us are over 20. In first grade they are at our state max of 22 and the other two grades have somewhere between 18-22 I am not sure about them. Our other elementary school has much lower than us because they are a smaller school. I have no clue what the other school such as intermediate, middle school and high school average. At our school we don't have aids per say, but we do have floating tutors. They are payed for with a grant. They arent school employees. We have two at each grade level and we share them.
     
  6. scmom

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    I have 27 in preschool.

    The kinder has 32, as do many classes.

    It depends on the district, etc. here but the fine for not doing class size reduction is less than paying for the extra teacher so most districts upped class size in the last couple of years.

    My friend in another district teaching 6th grade has 38.

    I agree with a previous poster - California is crazy right now.
     
  7. monsieurteacher

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    I will say that our caps for elementary are:

    K-2 - 21 students (with a kindergarten support worker provided when you have 20 or 21 students)
    3 - 26
    4- 27
    5 - 28

    Split classes at the K-2 level are maxed at 16, while at the 3-5 level it is maxed out at 21 or 22 (not sure)

    If there is a split 2/3, it can max out at 16.
     
  8. DrivingPigeon

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    I think we have district-wide caps, but it's not a law. In my district, class sizes vary, which is really frustrating. Here are some of the ranges that I am aware of in primary:

    -Kindergarten: 15-23
    -1st: 15-24
    -2nd: 17-24

    I think 3rd and 4th grade is usually a bit higher. The highest I've heard of is 27. My school is the largest elementary in the district, so we're always at the higher end of those numbers. I've always had 22-24 kids. We don't have aides, either (only if a SPED student needs support).
     
  9. TamiJ

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    I have 21 in my class, but it caps at 23.
     
  10. missrebecca

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    I have 19 in my 4th grade class, but my class was made especially for the kids who enrolled late. Before they created my class, some teachers were up to 38 kids. :eek:

    Most now have 35, which is usually the max. I've been getting ALL the new ones.
     
  11. JustMe

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    I don't agree with major differences in cap sizes between elementary and middle school. I haven't taught high school so I'm not sure I can speak about that level. I think those numbers come from back in the day when classes were much more lecture-based and need to be reconsidered.
     
  12. Mrs.DLC

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    K-3 is capped at 18, 4-5 is 22. I have 16 in my homeroom, 18 for reading, and 17 for math.
     
  13. Glühwürmchen

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    My class sizes range from 11 (AP English) to 30 (Latin I). 18-25 is the average.
     
  14. yellowdaisies

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    I would possibly agree with you if you're talking about 4th and 5th grade. I strongly believe that K-2 needs smaller class sizes, and especially K-1. They are just SO MUCH less independent than the older kids, and it takes a lot of individualized attention to teach kids how to read. And did I mention they are SO MUCH less independent? :lol:

    Around here, upper elementary and middle school aren't much different. 4th-8th grade classes typically have 33-37 kids, and high school classes have that or possibly around 40 in the lower income areas...
     
  15. kellzy

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    22 in mine!
    But this is unusual. Average I'd say is about 25, but I've had as many as 33, and there are few classes in my school this year with 37.
     

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