Class Sizes

Why are we keeping class sizes so small?

It’s probably no surprise to you that small class sizes impact student learning in a positive way. 

In 2008, USA Today reported:

New findings from four nations, including the USA, tell a curious story. Small classes work for children . . .because of what students feel they can do: Get more face time with their teacher, for instance, or work in small groups with classmates. “Small classes are more engaging places for students because they’re able to have a more personal connection with teachers, simply by virtue of the fact that there are fewer kids in the classroom competing for that teacher’s attention,” says Adam Gamoran of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who analyzed the findings.

Bellingham School District ’s website states:

Our average class size for kindergarten through third grade is about 22 children to one teacher.

Our classes are half that size! Imagine the effect that has on student attitudes, teacher morale and energy, and instructional effectiveness!

By keeping our class size small, we are able to communicate with students’ families on an ongoing basis. We create family partnerships that focus on working together to meet the needs of each individual student. It is easy for Bridgeway families to get to know their child’s classmates and their families. This gives a real sense of community to students, teachers and families.