A low student-teacher ratio can make a substantial impact on your child’s education.
For decades, there have been numerous studies performed on the effect that class size can have on student personality and achievement. According to the glossary of education reform, “a student-teacher ratio expresses the relationship between the number of students enrolled in a school, district or education system and the number of ‘full-time equivalent’ teachers employed by the school, district or system.”
The Center for Public Education (CPE) states that in grades Kindergarten – 3rd grade, smaller classes can “boost student academic achievement.” Along with boosting student academic achievement, small classes during your child(ren)’s primary years will have lasting effects.
From both a parent and teacher’s perspective, the smaller the class size, the more significant the benefits are for individualized – and personalized – attention and support, resulting in greater accountability and involvement in the classroom as well as an enhanced learning experience.
Let’s dive into five reasons why a low student-teacher ratio impacts your child’s learning experience.
In a classroom with fewer students, teachers can build stronger relationships with each student. Working one-on-one with a student allows teachers to personalize guidance, instruction and feedback.
Receiving undivided attention will improve your child’s academic success because the teacher is more dedicated to making sure they understand the material. In turn, a low student-teacher ratio allows teachers to spend more time teaching rather than managing or disciplining. Teachers may also be able to experiment with innovative activities and lesson objectives.
Increased Student Participation
In a smaller class setting, students can develop their participation skills and have an easier time expressing themselves. They will have more opportunities to be involved and engaged in the lesson. By including themselves in the discussion, they are holding themselves accountable to test their knowledge of the material they are learning.
Your student will find value in asking questions or asking for further assistance whereas, in a larger classroom setting, they have the disadvantage of potentially falling behind or hiding behind those who are more vocal and confident.
A low student-teacher ratio allows your child to learn more and at a faster pace. The benefit of this not only increases their confidence but also encourages them to participate in the lesson or discussion.
Due to a lower number of students in the class, your child’s learning environment is comfortable which allows the teacher to focus on the material instead of disciplining those who aren’t engaged.
Another benefit is the teacher being able to cater to the various learning styles. Your child’s teacher will understand their strengths and weaknesses and can provide the necessary accommodations for them to achieve their full potential and academic success.
Greater Academic Results
With a smaller class, the teacher can observe and manage the noise levels and possible disruptions better. In turn, the teacher can pay attention to details and be more effective with each lesson which leads to a better success rate for students.
Research shows that students in smaller classes have higher grades and perform better on tests, including entrance exams.
Better Social Opportunities
Better Social Opportunities
A setting with a lower number of students offers better social opportunities for your child to get to know their classmates which helps foster meaningful and lasting friendships.
When your child connects with their classmates and peers, they are more likely to be comfortable and confident in responding to a question during a lesson, engaging in a group discussion and sharing their ideas.
Building friendships with their classmates will not only help your child in the classroom but also outside school. It shows they can adapt and handle situations that may arise in their future and be compassionate towards the various cultures they may come across.
Considering these reasons, choosing a school with a lower student-teacher ratio is exceptionally advantageous for your child – both academically and socially.
The Branch School offers a low student-teacher ratio, serving coed students three-years-old through eighth grade.
Tours of The Branch School’s campus are available by contacting us at 713-465-0288 or visiting us online, at www.thebranchschool.org.