SCHOOL REVIEW ARTICLE: School Size and Class Size Matters !
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Stoneybrooke Christian School Serves
the following
cities and zipcodes:


The Orange County Southern California area which includes the following:

Anaheim 92801, 92802, 92803, 92804, 92805, 92806, 92807, 92808, 92809, 92812, 92814, 92815, 92816, 92817, 92825, 92850, 92899, Brea 92821, 92822, 92823, Buena Park 90620, 90621, 90622, 90623, 90624, Costa Mesa 92626, 92627, 92628, Cypress 90630, Fountain Valley 92708, 92728, Fullerton 92831, 92832, 92833, 92834, 92835, 92836, 92837, 92838, Garden Grove 92840, 92841, 92842, 92843, 92844, 92845, 92846, Huntington Beach 92605, 92615, 92646, 92647, 92648, 92649, La Habra 90631, 90632, 90633, La Palma 90623, Los Alamitos 90720, 90721, Orange 92856, 92857, 92859, 92861, 92862, 92863, 92864, 92865, 92866, 92867, 92868, 92869, Placentia 92870, 92871, Santa Ana 92701, 92702, 92703, 92704, 92705, 92706, 92707, 92708, 92711, 92712, 92725, 92728, 92735, 92799, Seal Beach 90740, Stanton 90680, Tusin 92780, 92781, 92782, Villa Park 92861, 92867, Westminister 92683, 92684, 92685, Yorba Linda 92885, 92886, 92887, Aliso Viejo 92653, 92656, 92698, Dana Point 92624, 92629, Irvine 92602, 92603, 92604, 92606, 92612, 92614, 92616, 92618, 92619, 92620, 92623, 92650, 92697, 92709, 92710, Laguna Beach 92607, 92637, 92651, 92652, 92653, 92654, 92656, 92677, 92698, Laguna Hills 92637, 92653, 92654, 92656, Laguna Niguel 92607, 92677, Laguna Woods 92653, 92654, Lake Forest 92609, 92630, Mission Viejo 92675, 92690, 92691, 92692, 92694, Newport Beach 92657, 92658, 92659, 92660, 92661, 92662, 92663, Rancho Santa Margarita 92688, San Clemente 92672, 92673, 92674, San Juan Capistrano 92675, 92690, 92691, 92692, 92693, 92694 Ladera Ranch 92694, Coto De Caza 92679 Anaheim Hills 92807, 92808, 92809, 92817 Dove Canyon 92679 Oceanside, CA:92049, 92051, 92052, 92054, 92055, 92056, 92057, 92058, San Diego, 92101, 92102, 92103, 92104, 92105, 92106, 92107, 92108, 92109, 92110, 92111, 92112, 92113, 92114, 92115, 92116, 92117, 92118, 92119, 92120, 92121, 92122, 92123, 92124, 92126, 92127, 92128, 92129, 92130, 92131, 92132, 92133, 92134, 92135, 92136, 92137, 92138, 92139, 92140, 92142, 92143, 92145, 92147, 92149, 92150, 92152, 92153, 92154, 92155, 92158, 92159, 92160, 92161, 92162, 92163, 92164, 92165, 92166, 92167, 92168, 92169, 92170, 92171, 92172, 92173, 92174, 92175, 92176, 92177, 92178, 92179, 92182, 92184, 92186, 92187, 92190, 92191, 92192, 92193, 92194, 92195, 92196, 92197, 92198, 92199, Stonybrook, Stony brooke, Stoney Brook, Stonebrooke, Stonebrook














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Why Does Reducing Class Size in the Early Grades Have a Positive Effect?

Education researchers suspect that class size reduction in the early grades helps students to achieve because there is a greater opportunity for individual interaction between student and teacher in a small class. Teachers generally have better morale in a small class, too, and are less likely to feel overwhelmed by having a variety of students with different backgrounds and achievement levels. As a result, they are more likely to provide a supportive environment. One researcher, Frederick Mosteller notes "Reducing [the size of classes in the early grades] reduces the distractions in the room and gives the teacher more time to devote to each child."

In the early grades, students are just beginning to learn about the rules of the classroom, and they are figuring out if they can cope with the expectations of education. If they have more opportunity to interact with their teacher, they are more apt to feel like they can cope.

Teachers and parents have long believed in the merits of smaller classes. It just makes sense that students will do better in a class where 30 or 35 of them aren't clamoring for the attention of one teacher. While some studies have backed up those gut feelings, other researchers have built entire careers on arguing that "money doesn't matter" and that smaller class sizes are an expensive luxury we can't afford.

There's nothing magical about class size, although there does seem to be a threshold--somewhere around 15 to 17 students--below which researchers have found the most impressive academic gains for students. So what makes small classes so great? Here again, the research really confirms common sense. The benefits boil down to better discipline, more individual attention for students and opportunities for teachers to use more varied types of instruction that engage students.

The SAGE evaluation provides some of the best data here because the researchers are not only looking at test scores, but they're also observing classes and having teachers keep classroom logs and complete questionnaires. "There's much less time devoted to discipline and classroom management," says John Zahorik, one of the SAGE researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. With more time freed up for instruction, he says, teachers find they are completing the year's required curriculum by April, giving them time to move on to more advanced material or return to topics in more depth.

"I can't think of any downside" to the smaller classes, Zahorik says. "The end-of-the-year comments we have from teachers are just glowing. They think it's a terrific thing."

A California teacher from Westbrook echoes the Wisconsin findings. "When you have 30 students, you don't get to know them as well because there are so many demands on your time," she says. "With 20, you get to understand their strengths and weaknesses better."

The new evidence should end the debate on whether class size matters. Clearly it does have a powerful impact on improving student achievement. But just as clearly, reducing class size alone is not the most effective way to improve schools. As a new AFT policy brief on the topic puts it, class size is only one piece of an overall strategy. "High academic standards and a challenging curriculum, safe and orderly classrooms, and qualified teachers are no less significant in the arsenal of solid research-proven reforms. And, in fact, when smaller class size is pursued in conjunction with these standards-based reforms, the combined impact on student achievement is far greater than either strategy alone."

Reducing class size does have its positives. Teachers report that they spend less time on discipline and more time providing one-on-one instruction. Smaller classes also give teachers more opportunity to provide intervention and support to lagging students.

How Important Is School Size?

School size may be as important as class size in influencing student behavior, especially in the upper grades. A recent national study that followed teens through their high school years found that students felt "connected" in schools with 900 or fewer students and that school size, not class size, was what mattered to them.

The research is clear that small schools are preferable to giant ones, like some elementary schools in California that top 2,000 students. That's one big reason behind the national push, led by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to build smaller high schools or find ways to make existing ones more personal.

"You want schools to be small enough so that they [teachers] can't shirk responsibility, so that they collectively take responsibility for all the kids in their care," said University of Washington Dean Pat Wasley, who heads the UW College of Education and has done a major study of small high schools in Chicago.

It seems that you want and are looking for a school small enough so the students feel cared for and can be held accountable yet big enough to offer a diversity of oportunities, classes, and extra curricular activities. The target being not to big and not too small.

In Conclusion:

The target of a great school seems to be not to big and not too small, just right. Unfortunately, just the right school size alone doesn't guarantee a good school. Class size is key, too, as is the quality of instruction, school discipline, parent involvement and whether students feel cared for. These are very important factors to weigh into what makes a great school.

 

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Stoneybrooke Christian School serves
the following cities and zipcodes:


The Orange County Southern California area which includes the following:

Anaheim 92801, 92802, 92803, 92804, 92805, 92806, 92807, 92808, 92809, 92812, 92814, 92815, 92816, 92817, 92825, 92850, 92899, Brea 92821, 92822, 92823, Buena Park 90620, 90621, 90622, 90623, 90624, Costa Mesa 92626, 92627, 92628, Cypress 90630, Fountain Valley 92708, 92728, Fullerton 92831, 92832, 92833, 92834, 92835, 92836, 92837, 92838, Garden Grove 92840, 92841, 92842, 92843, 92844, 92845, 92846, Huntington Beach 92605, 92615, 92646, 92647, 92648, 92649, La Habra 90631, 90632, 90633, La Palma 90623, Los Alamitos 90720, 90721, Orange 92856, 92857, 92859, 92861, 92862, 92863, 92864, 92865, 92866, 92867, 92868, 92869, Placentia 92870, 92871, Santa Ana 92701, 92702, 92703, 92704, 92705, 92706, 92707, 92708, 92711, 92712, 92725, 92728, 92735, 92799, Seal Beach 90740, Stanton 90680, Tusin 92780, 92781, 92782, Villa Park 92861, 92867, Westminister 92683, 92684, 92685, Yorba Linda 92885, 92886, 92887, Aliso Viejo 92653, 92656, 92698, Dana Point 92624, 92629, Irvine 92602, 92603, 92604, 92606, 92612, 92614, 92616, 92618, 92619, 92620, 92623, 92650, 92697, 92709, 92710, Laguna Beach 92607, 92637, 92651, 92652, 92653, 92654, 92656, 92677, 92698, Laguna Hills 92637, 92653, 92654, 92656, Laguna Niguel 92607, 92677, Laguna Woods 92653, 92654, Lake Forest 92609, 92630, Mission Viejo 92675, 92690, 92691, 92692, 92694, Newport Beach 92657, 92658, 92659, 92660, 92661, 92662, 92663, Rancho Santa Margarita 92688, San Clemente 92672, 92673, 92674, San Juan Capistrano 92675, 92690, 92691, 92692, 92693, 92694 Ladera Ranch 92694, Coto De Caza 92679 Anaheim Hills 92807, 92808, 92809, 92817 Dove Canyon 92679 Oceanside, CA:92049, 92051, 92052, 92054, 92055, 92056, 92057, 92058, San Diego, 92101, 92102, 92103, 92104, 92105, 92106, 92107, 92108, 92109, 92110, 92111, 92112, 92113, 92114, 92115, 92116, 92117, 92118, 92119, 92120, 92121, 92122, 92123, 92124, 92126, 92127, 92128, 92129, 92130, 92131, 92132, 92133, 92134, 92135, 92136, 92137, 92138, 92139, 92140, 92142, 92143, 92145, 92147, 92149, 92150, 92152, 92153, 92154, 92155, 92158, 92159, 92160, 92161, 92162, 92163, 92164, 92165, 92166, 92167, 92168, 92169, 92170, 92171, 92172, 92173, 92174, 92175, 92176, 92177, 92178, 92179, 92182, 92184, 92186, 92187, 92190, 92191, 92192, 92193, 92194, 92195, 92196, 92197, 92198, 92199

 

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Stoneybrooke Christian Elementary School and Junior High,
Orange County CA - Call (949)364-4407

Located at: 26300 Via Escolar San Juan Capistrano, CA 92692
Jr. K through 6th Grades
Office 949-364-4407 Fax 949-364-6303

Located at: 26122 O'Neill Dr. Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
Jr. K-6th Grades, 7th-8th Grades
Office 949 429-3811, FAX (949)429-3818

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