The Galloway School is Committed to Small Class Sizes
One of Galloway’s unique differences is evident in our commitment to keeping our classes small. The majority of research conducted on the topic of class size as it relates to student achievement will support class size reductions. Based on research conducted by the Center for Public Education, class size can make a critical difference in student performance. A few points made in this research were:
- Smaller classes in the early grades can boost student academic achievement
- A class size of no more than 18 students per teacher is required to produce the greatest benefits
- Minority and low-income students show even greater gains when placed in small classes in the primary grades
- The experience and preparation of teachers is a critical factor in the success or failure of class size reduction programs
- Supports, such as professional development for teachers and a rigorous curriculum, enhance the effect of reduced class size on academic achievement
The Galloway School Board of Trustees has passed a policy to maintain our small class enrollments as follows:
- PK-3 - Kindergarten (14 student cap)
- 1st - 2nd (16 student cap)
- 3rd - 6th (18 student cap)
Visit a classroom in any public or private school. Take note of the quality of the student-teacher interaction and the number of students in the class. The Galloway School will never sacrifice quality instruction by enlarging our class sizes. Class size should be a key
factor in choosing the best school for your child.
We invite you to come take a look inside our classrooms. The difference is obvious and the advantage is significant!