We’ve all heard about the financial effects of our county’s declining school enrollments. The funding from the state is on a per student basis, so fewer students means less money.
But what about the instructional effects? We tend to think that having fewer students in class is a good thing, and for the most part, it is. But there are other considerations. And the other considerations effect students, teachers and schedules. We will look at each of them over the next few days.
Effects on schedules:
- In general, there are fewer course options offered to students in smaller schools.
- Elective programs struggle in smaller schools. Participation in world languages, fine arts, career and technology education, physical education and health is difficult to sustain in smaller schools.
- There are fewer completer programs offered in the smaller comprehensive schools.
- Smaller schools often need to run courses on an every- other-year basis in an attempt to have enough students sign up for the course.
- Students in smaller schools often are offered the chance to take a course not offered at their school at a larger school.
- Attendance at CCC&TC is more difficult for students in smaller schools due to limited options of classes offered during mods 1 and 4.