Small Class Size
At Deephaven Academy we maintain classes of twelve students or less. We believe this creates a wonderful environment for learning and personal growth.
Deephaven Academy combines grades for optimal learning. Each spring the Education Director and the Board of Directors determines the classroom configuration for the following school year based on expected enrollment and recommended education and program needs.
Because the pool of credible studies is small and the individual studies differ in the setting, method, grades, and magnitude of class size variation that is studied, conclusions have to be tentative. But it appears that very large class-size reductions, on the order of magnitude of 7-10 fewer students per class, can have significant long-term effects on student achievement and other meaningful outcomes. These effects seem to be largest when introduced in the earliest grades.
The biggest and most credible of those studies, Tennessee’s statewide Student/Teacher Achievement Ratio, or STAR, project, begun in the late 1970s, found that the learning gains students made in classes of 13 to 17 students persisted long after the students moved back into average-size classes (HEROS, 2011). Follow-up studies through the years have found the students who had been in small classes in their early years had better academic and personal outcomes throughout their school years and beyond (Krueger, 2001; Sparks, 2011). http://www.edweek.org/ew/issues/class-size/