Seems like CA 4th grade classes are all at about 35. Please post your state and class size. I think that smaller class size is best for these kids especially with so many low economic and English learners. Please let me know how many kids you have and your state. Thanks! Just curious!! Oh and I also forgot to mention that we are a title 1 school and still have 35

I'm in AZ and I have 23 kids, but that is only because we were able to hire a 5th teacher with title 1 money. That teacher can only max out at 18 kids. Most of the schools in my town have 30 kids per class.

I'm in IA and have 25 kids this year. We have four sections of 4th grade, down from five sections last year. The other classes have 26-27 students. This is the largest class I've had in 21 years. Most years I have around 22.

I am in California and have 20. But, that's because my school has a 5 year grant to keep class sizes down. The rest of the schools in my district have 35-40 kids in 4th grade. (And 30-35 in primary). Not good!

Our first day of class was Wed, and my register had 35 students. As of right now, I have 33 students. I teach in a title 1 school in New York. In my school, 4th grade always has the highest registers. We usually have 28-32 students per class, and we have 6 classes.

I have 19 in Florida. And during the 90 minute reading block, 2 kids are pulled out for ESE, and 6 kids are pulled for intensive reading for the entire block. So my 90 minute reading block I only have 11 kids. Florida has a new class size rule, no more than 18 students for K-3rd, 22 students for 4-8 grades, and 25 students for 9-12 grades.

MA here and I have 23. I have 6 who are pulled out for Title one math and reading.

My son who is also in MA but a different town has 19 and my other son has 13 in his class (he has one boy in the class with severe special needs so they get the number down in there).

I'm in a large district in So. Cal. and I have 26 kids enrolled this year. We've been able to buy a class size reduction teacher every year for the past 4 or 5 years. Previously I had 30-33 students. Not bad really.

Our contract states a max of 30 for 4-6th grade. K-gets a max of 25, and 1-2nd is 27 and 3rd grade is 29.
Middle school is 34 per class per hour and high school is the same.
I had 33 but am down to 27. I think 25 is ok but for each child after that, you lose one to one time and do more whole class activities
More pressure to perform but larger classes each year and next fall our district will start merit pay

I teach 3rd grade in Alabama and have 18 students (we are not Title 1, and I only have 1 ELL student). Our suggested ratio is (K - 3rd grade) 18 students to 1 teacher, 4th and 5th grade is 24:1. Our 4th and 5th grades have approximately 20 to 24 students each this year. I've taught in the same system for over a decade and I've never had more than 18 students. I CANNOT believe the numbers you all are dealing with. I think our country is going backwards...we have so much information from research that tells us about the benefits of small class sizes...makes me want to run screaming!!

I have 17 right now in a Title 1 high ELL area. Half of my kids are ELL. We rotate for reading and I send my non ELL out and get 5 ELL kids for that 2 hours.

This is my first year at this school, they have stated that 25 is the norm. Our princ is worried we will have to lose a teacher.

The smaller class sizes is a must with my ELL's. I cannot imagine having 35 ELL kids!

As a 4th grade teacher who had 36 students last year, I must say yes. Although, I think NY and NJ have large class sizes as well.

This year I only have 30, because I'm the 4/5 combo teacher, and what a difference it makes. The room seems calmer and way less congested. I didn't think those 6 bodies would make such a difference, but it does.

I can't even imagine what it would be like to be in a classroom with only 17 or 18 students...

I can't imagine teaching that many kids. I am in CT and our contract has a maximum of 24 students in grades 3-5. I have 24 this year and I have been whining about how much paperwork goes with such a big class. I had 23 last year when I moved from K. K-2 classes max out at 22 in our district. What a difference just 2 kids can make.

We have 4 4th grade blocks all with 30 kids in each. Which is a huge increase from last years 24. I feel bad for our 6th graders though, they have 35 each but only three of them and we have no funds for an extra teachers. Our kinders are sitting at 27 in four classes as well. We had to close a school in our district and it made our numbers just rise big time.

I have 33 students in a small district in southern california. From what I have heard, all the districts around me are about the same number. I couild go up to 1 more. I am going crazy with the coping and grading for this many and the year has just started!

I have 23 with 3 sped. The other class has 22. We only have 1-5th with 31 and 1-6th with 31. We are in the process of hiring a 5/6 split teacher so we can make the 5th and 6th grades smaller! I can't even imagine 30+ kids, how do you get anything done??? I will never complain again, and will think of those of you with big classes next time I try!

I have 21, and the most I have ever had is 27. If we get to 30 students in a class, we hire an additional teacher to lower the class sizes. I cannot even begin to imagine a class with 30 or more students! Kudos to all of you who are able to successfully manage a class that large!

I have 26 students so far in my 4th grade class- we have a cap of 27 in my district. I have 5 special ed students and a 1-1 aide for my student with autism. Our K-1 classes have a cap of 22.

I'm in So. Cal and have 32 in my class which has been the norm for as long as I can remember. Our second and third is at 22:1 this year (was 20:1 last year) and will be 24:1 next year. This is my first year teaching fourth and I feel so bad for my students. Going from 20:1 to 32:1 is hard on some of them. There are too many of them that still need alot of attention but I just don't have the time to get to them.