I'm not sure about the state laws. At my old school, we capped at 17 in K-1 (down from 19 my first couple years) and at 25 in 2-8 (up from 24 when I first started). We were considered to be a school with "smaller" class sizes. The private school I went to as a child had around 30 per class, K-8. My sister teaches there now and it's still about the same.
I'm an aide at a middle school right now and some of the classes have more than 30, but they seem to average around 24 or so.
in my district in IL. I have 25 this year which is small for me. I had 29 last year, but was able to get a 1/2 day aide which helped. For 2nd grade, I need to have at least 28 before they will consider an aide. I really wish they would cap at 20!
this year has 21, but I think our limit for 1st-3rd is 30. I think K is 22. For uppper grades I think it's 33 or 34. I'm in Louisiana, but I'm not sure if our caps are state mandated or by individual district policy. We are fortunate to have a principal who goes to bat for us with the admin and has fought for adding another section of our grade when it started getting up to 25or so in 1st and 2nd. She is persuasive and usually gets what we need.
Here in NM they "average." The first & second & third grades are averaged. If one grade level is really low, but the other 2 are high, you still look ok. However, I think 24 2nd graders at a high-poverty school is too many kids.
Kinder is capped at 20 and they all have aides. Sp.Ed. has aides, but no one else. I wouldn't know how to act if I had an assistant.
Last edited by Toni; 02-07-2008 at 08:35 PM..
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I only have 12 kids this year! Normal for my school is around 17 - 20 in the lower grades. I've long heard rumors that there is cap on the number we can have without an aid but I've apparently never gotten close enough to that number to find out for sure. I do know, however, that in pre-k they can only have 10 per teacher and if they have more than that they must have a full time aid. They cap out (for a teacher and an aid) at 20. My son's class has 19 kids and they have a full time aid.
I teach in a private Catholic school is Ohio. Our limit is 30 students. for the past three years I have had 26, 27, 28, but I do have an aide to correct papers, run copies. she is allowed to take a small group out to do reinforcement work with them. I don't know what I'll do without her, as she is retiring this year. The school is not sure if they are replacing her or not. I can't imagine not having some time of help.