Updated: Aug 21, 2020
Parents who research high school choices for their children weigh many factors in order to make the best possible decision. In many cases, class size ranks highly among those factors. For parents who are considering private schools, there is often a profound difference in class size versus public schools.
Research has found that students who are in smaller classes perform better in all subjects and on all assessments than their peers who are in larger classes. At Living Word, our average class size of 20 students creates the perfect balance between teachers and students.
Why are smaller class sizes better for high school students?
Rather than simply cite the research on why smaller class sizes make a difference, we prefer to examine the benefits of smaller class sizes we have witnessed firsthand here at Living Word. Here are some of our most powerful core benefits of smaller class sizes:
Stronger relationships between teachers and students
The relationship between teacher and student has a profound impact on the learning environment. Every member of the faculty and staff at Living Word is personally invested in the success of our students. This connection between student and teacher yields an ongoing feeling of support throughout the student’s high school journey.
Small class sizes also allow teachers to have more opportunity for one-on-one interaction with students, allowing them to get to know the student on an individual level. Because of this, teachers can adapt their teaching methods to include technological advancements and hybrid teaching styles, providing a strong learning environment for all students.
We believe strongly in this winning approach, and have confidence in this methodology to prepare tomorrow’s servant leaders.
Ability to get extra help or be more challenged
Teachers prefer smaller class sizes because fewer students means more opportunity to observe students and provide extra assistance where needed. Students who need extra help may not always ask for it. However, when teachers have the ability to build stronger relationships inside and outside the classroom, they can proactively identify and provide support for any academic challenges facing students. At the same time, this approach can make teachers aware of students who look for new challenges to increase the effectiveness of their academia.
More opportunity to participate in class discussions
We believe in providing opportunities for every student to participate without fear or undue “competition” for the attention of a teacher. In larger classroom environments, it can be difficult for students to participate in class discussions when they are competing with 35 or more other students. If your son or daughter is shy or introverted, the stress of trying to cut through the noise and competition to contribute may shut them out altogether. Conversely, smaller classroom sizes help get the best out of students who would otherwise prefer to “hide” among their peers in larger classrooms. Here at Living Word, students do not “skate through” classes. We provide a safe, nurturing environment that simultaneously challenges students.