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The Class Development Process 2021

The class development process is incredibly elaborate and carefully planned each year to promote a nurturing culture for learning and a positive rapport between the children and the teacher. We have three primary goals when developing class sections:

  1. Ensure that each child’s academic needs are met.
  2. Pair each child with another student or groups of children for social-emotional success.
  3. Consider partner teacher styles.

The class sectioning process involves multiple school personnel who consider numerous factors while maintaining an efficient schedule that meets the needs of all our students. This process takes countless hours and goes through multiple iterations over many months. Some factors in the process include:

  • Maintain the district class size of 17-23 with comparable class size across the grade level
  • Balance the number of boys and girls in a class and across the grade level
  • Ensure the needs of students who receive support are aligned with the schedule of the grade level and support personnel working with them. This includes the following teachers:
    • Special Education teacher
    • Speech and Language teacher
    • English Language Learner (ELL) teacher
    • Reading Support teacher
    • Math Support, Extensions, and Honors Math teachers
    • Extended Learning teacher (ELP)
  • Review peer dynamics (students who work well together)
  • Create groupings of children in both math and reading so that there are comparable abilities in the classroom for collaboration
  • Monitor class size after children leave for replacement curriculum (For example, ELP or Honors Math for fifth grade only)

School principals often receive many parental requests for children to be placed with specific friends. As you can imagine, this becomes an impossible task while trying to place children in an environment that best meets the needs of all children we serve. Given the complexity of scheduling, we cannot accept specific friendship requests or requests for specific teachers. Should your child have needs that we are not already aware of or a known reason to separate children, it is a good idea to send a reminder email message to the principal. While parents sometimes want their child to be with a close friend, it’s not always in either child’s best interest in the classroom environment. Ultimately, we share a common goal to place children in a classroom where each child thrives both academically and socially. We are committed to developing class sections with each child in mind while balancing the complex variables listed above. Through our elaborate and multi-step class development process, we intend to place our students in an environment where each child has a happy and successful school year.