April 25, 2001
Each spring, there is considerable discussion about placing children in
classes for the next school year. This is a matter that we do not take
lightly at our school, and the staff and I spend countless hours in
forming well-balanced classes in which all children will have an
opportunity to learn and to grow in their academic and social skills.
It is hoped that a frank review of our procedures for class placement of
students will prevent the need for parents to individualize their
concerns or make requests for specific teachers.
When classes are structured, we follow a clear set of guidelines.
Classes are formed into deliberate heterogeneous groups with the
following in mind:
· an even boy/girl balance
· a full range of aptitudes within each class
· an even proportion of abilities and learning styles across the classes
at each grade level
· an equal number of pupils in each class on a grade level
· an even proportion of children with English language proficiency
Once these factors have been considered, teachers begin to build a class
of children who show promise of working well together. At this point,
attempts are made to match pupil and teacher personality and style.
Quite understandably, these decisions are based upon observations made
by the teachers during the course of the year. While we welcome your
input about your child’s individual learning needs, we trust that you
understand that your comments constitute just one of the many factors
that we consider in forming classes. The final decision on class
placements resides with the school.
Barry S. Dorsey