BENEFITS OF ATTENDING A SMALL SCHOOL
(According to Education World & University of Illinois)
1. Students in smaller class rooms have a higher success rate,
A. Higher test scores & grades.
B. Higher graduation rate.
C. Better education.
D. Better employment success.
E. Make for better employees.
When choosing a school you have to ask yourself are you comfortable in a large class room or would you prefer smaller classes where your teacher actually knows you.
Studies show that when teachers and students know each other, the teachers expected more from their students because they knew them better and cared about what happened to them and students acknowledges this to researchers. This also holds true with all the staff and ownership of small schools. In a small school students have the chance to mix with staff and owners and develop a more personal relationship which leads to success. One of the greatest reasons for student achievement was the reduction of anonymity – going to a school where someone knows you and your name. Being known by your teachers and peers makes a difference.
Studies also found that smaller schools are also safer for this reason. With the reduction of anonymity and isolation of students, which reduces fighting and violence, students took more responsibility of their behavior and behavior of their fellow students.
Greatest reason of success in small classroom/small schools
Personalization: One of the most important characteristic of small schools is the personal relationships established between teachers and students. In small schools teachers are closely involved with each student. They know who the students are, they understand their backgrounds and interests, and they have the opportunity to spend large blocks of time with them. In this environment, it is harder for a student to fall through the cracks
Climate: In small schools, teachers and students know one another personally. Such knowledge fosters a sense of community and promotes a climate of mutual respect. The result is fewer discipline problems and an environment that’s tolerant, caring, and safe.
Student Achievement: Smaller classes at smaller schools promote improved student performance. Small schools allow for the development of a clear school mission and a consensus of goals. Common expectations are clearly communicated between student and school. Learning is more likely to be learner-centered and students are less likely to drop out and more likely to graduate.
Morale: In small schools, both teachers and students often have a more active role in decision-making and, therefore, a greater sense of belonging and community. Empowered students are more academically productive.