OUR CLASS SIZES
In our elementary classes, grades K- 6, Cornerstone Prep’s ratio is 16 students to one teacher. In the secondary classes, grades 7-12, our ratio is 18 students to one teacher. You may think that class size is unimportant, but a recent study conducted by Northwestern University Associate Professor Diane Whitmore Schanzenbachand published by the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder makes it clear that class size is important.
Among the findings of the study were the following:
- Class size is an important determinant of student outcomes and one that can be directly determined by policy. All else being equal, increasing class sizes will harm student outcomes.
- The evidence suggests that increasing class size will harm not only children’s test scores in the short run, but also their long-run human capital formation. Money saved today by increasing class sizes will result in more substantial social and educational costs in the future.
- The payoff from class-size reduction is greater for low-income and minority children while any increases in class size will likely be most harmful to these populations.
- Policymakers should carefully weigh the efficacy of class-size policy against other potential uses of funds. While lower class size has a demonstrable cost, it may prove the most cost-effective policy overall.
In researching why small class sizes work, Professor Schanzenbach found the following:
The mechanisms at work linking small classes to higher achievement include a mixture of higher levels of student engagement, increased time on task, and the opportunity small classes provide for high-quality teachers to better tailor their instruction to the students in the class.
Cornerstone Prep believes keeping our class sizes small enables our staff to better serve the needs of each individual student. Students can’t hide with our small class size as every student matters. Teachers are able to see strengths quickly and help the student work toward enhancing those. When problems appear, teachers can move promptly to respond.
Parents are an integral part of this process, as our mission statement says: Partnering with parents to build within their children a firm foundation of academic excellence and Christian discipleship. Parents and staff work together both on site and off site to create an environment in which their child will learn, grow, and become all that God has planned for them.