Why Class Size Matters

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We all believe class-size matters. We’ve seen the news about about why smaller class sizes are better for children. It makes sense. Smaller class sizes mean teachers are less distracted; each child gets more individual attention, and there are more opportunities for interactive activities. It is just common sense that managing an activity with ten children simply isn’t feasible with 30.

We believe outcomes should be the driving force behind how our educational environment is structured.

We’ve adopted a values-based teaching method because the outcomes are better.

We take a holistic approach to education, integrating learning across disciplines, like visual arts, technology and physical education, because the outcomes are better.

And we keep our class sizes small because outcomes are better.

Time and Attention Benefits

We know that the more time teachers spend teaching, the better off our children are. Think about the amount of administrative work teachers must do in order to make sure their students are having the best possible experience and performing at their highest potential. With every new student that is added to a classroom, this work takes up more and more of a teacher’s valuable time. And because, at Mizzentop, we tailor education to each student’s unique needs, a large class size for a Mizzentop teacher would be particularly untenable. Less administrative overhead simply results in more student-teacher interaction and more time for our teachers to get to know their students and their students’ families. The more intimate the relationship, the better the outcomes.

Student Bonding

We know bonding is a very touchy-feely term, but is has serious, real-life implications. In smaller groups, children form more intimate ties with each other. Those bonds, combined with our values based teaching method, become a very powerful indicator of outcomes. A student who feels connected to their fellows can immediately see and understand the impact of their actions on their friends and classmates. The social and emotional well-being of students who are bonded is improved in smaller classes which, we believe, makes them better learners and better citizens.  

Research Results Are Proven Daily in Our Classrooms

We know the research is right. We see it every day.

Overall student performance improves in smaller classes. Maybe more importantly, the achievement gap is decreased. High performing students remain high performers, while students who have experienced difficulties in some areas thrive in smaller classes and achieve at rates closer to those at the top of the class. It is not a matter of driving performance to the middle. Smaller classes are truly an “all boats rise” proposition.

Smaller classes also improve the overall climate, resulting in improved social and emotional growth, greater parent engagement, and lower attrition rates among educators. We love our teachers here at Mizzentop, and they love their students. So we were especially proud to see this bit of data proven by our experience. Our teachers stay with us.

Class Size and Early Childhood Education

Studies show that when all other factors are accounted for, class size remains the determining factor in the success of early childhood education.

If a child doesn’t start off on solid footing, they may have a hard time finding it later. Smaller class sizes in preschool correlate to a more academic success in k-12.

Learn more about our educational philosophy and the role it plays in the development of our students – not just as learners, but as people.