The Benefits of Small Classes

At PCIS, we are committed to keeping class sizes very small.  

Research shows that all students in smaller classes receive more individualized attention and, therefore, learn more efficiently.  Teachers can more easily assess the level of each student and determine which level of instruction is best.  Teachers are also better able to create lessons that meet those distinct levels. Teachers find it easier to identify students that need to be challenged and students that are struggling. Group activities are more effective as they can be better monitored by teachers. The high-school dropout rate is much lower in schools where classes are small.

There are other nonacademic benefits to smaller classes as well.  When students feel personally acknowledged, their self-esteem is greater. Socially, students are better able to develop positive relationships with their peers in a more intimate setting.  There is less bullying in smaller classes. There are fewer incidents of poor behavior in smaller classes and so discipline rarely becomes a disruption to learning. Students-teacher relationships are also deeper in small classes. There is even research that shows that students from small classes earn higher wages.

So, regardless of how much PCIS grows, classes will remain small and students will continue to thrive!

For more, see the links about class size on our links page.

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