Small campus vs large Campus: What local instruction lacks, and alternative routes to success

Updated: Sep 5, 2020

Class sizes and academic success: Common sense dictates that these two things go hand in hand. So why is it that every year it seems that the class sizes grow in our public schools? Schools locally are continuously expanding their buildings and class sizes to accommodate growing populations, with no real plan for supporting these students and an ever-dwindling population of educators.

One major and unfortunate driving factor of this problem is the almighty dollar. When schools accept students onto their rolls and into their doors, they are given money per “warm body” in the seats. Those are the words used and impressed heavily upon educators working in Savannah Chatham Public Schools to account for students in the first ten days of instruction, to ensure that their funding will come in. Get the kids in the door, figure out how to (or if you can) meet needs later. This encourages schools to keep students in the building whether or not that school can provide for that student.

In all reality, what works best is the same thing that countless studies have proven and our own common sense confirms: small groups and intimate settings make for successful students. Advanced Academics of Pooler has a heart for students and a focus on the whole child. Each classroom is led by an experienced educator with a group of no more than six. Every child’s needs and strengths are addressed daily, unlike what is normally achieved in a typical local classroom. With a combination of customized instruction, informed professionals, and a safe environment, it’s an equation that equals growth.

Evelyn Marcotte

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