IIB Class Size Policy
CLASS SIZE POLICY
Decisions regarding class size will be based on the Core Values, Mission Statement and Budget Priorities established by the School Committee. The intent of this policy on class size is that it be applied to cover the Grades Prekindergarten-12.
The research on class size and student achievement varies. Other factors, however, must be considered as they have enormous impact on the learning experiences of students. The age of students, their capacity and learning styles, individual needs, appropriate instructional methods; teacher responsibilities and physical limitations of facilities are all important considerations.
The age of the students, their learning styles and capacity affect the class composition and size. The diversity of learning profiles within a class necessitates a reasonable class size in order for a teacher to reach and teach each child. All students, by law, are to be placed in the least restrictive environment in order to meet their potential. This means classes today are more diverse than they ever have been before.
Concepts, content and skills to be taught and mastered by students also affect the composition and class size. Inquiry based science; small group flexible grouping, learning centers and active engagement of all students in their learning processes influence the maximum number of students in a class.