There are multiple reasons why small class sizes work in private middle schools such as Alsion Montessori in Fremont. The most compelling reason; in small classes of 15 students or fewer, there is more opportunity to instruct students individually. Working one-on-one familiarizes teachers with each student’s strengths and weaknesses, and can lead to better customized lesson plans.
Teachers in small-class situations are also better able to help a child who falls behind or requires special attention.
Smaller class sizes also encourage students get to know each other on a personal level. This is particularly true at Alsion Montessori, which stresses experiential learning such as field trips, as well as interaction among students.
Rather than feeling lost in a large class, students in smaller classes are more likely to reach out to each other. Children who know each other well are more comfortable cooperating on class projects or enlisting each other’s help with homework.
The administrative and teaching staff at The Middle School at Alsion Montessori believes small classes play an integral role in educating young people. A major objective in building our new, bigger facility in 2008 was to reduce class sizes in order to improve student performance.
We think our students have responded admirably.
Additional Benefits of Small Middle School Classes
- Teachers have more time to interact with students. The workload is redistributed away from administrative tasks like grading papers and towards interactions with students and parents, giving students a better chance to succeed.
- Maintaining order and discipline is less stressful for teachers. Even if every student is well-behaved, it’s often a struggle to keep everyone in a large class focused.
- Quieter environments benefit students who are easily distracted in noisy classrooms.
- Studies show that the benefits to middle school students continue into high school and produce higher graduation rates.
Along with small class sizes, other factors such as quality teachers, parental involvement, and a strong curriculum are essential to enabling our students to achieve their academic goals.
The private middle school at Alsion Montessori is located in Fremont near Ohlone College, and welcomes students from the East Bay area including Hayward, Pleasanton, Milpitas, Union City, Santa Clara, and Silicon Valley.