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    Default Small school question

    Hi all!
    Our sons are currently in a school that has one ****** per grade, with class sizes ranging from 10-20 in each grade. I have started to question the limited opportunities afforded to them due to such sizes, but the tension is that they are receiving an amazing education with classes of that size. We have limited resources at our school, and friendship groups are small and tricky when there are issues.
    I guess I am looking for feedback from those who went to a small school or have sent their children to a small school.
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    I went to a small school

    The primary school I attended (from grades 4-6) had less than 100 pupils, and in my grade there was 11 pupils.

    I can't fault it. It was a lovely school and I don't feel like we missed out on anything. The parents were also pretty social and would have events outside of school including a 'roving dinner' once a year.

    I attended two other regular sized primary schools before I started at the small one and apart from the obvious difference in pupil numbers, the education experience was the same.

    It was kind of cool not having so many people to compete with! I was the athletics champion in my age group I thought I was pretty cool, then I started high school and realised I wasn't the top notch athlete I thought I was

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    I went to a small school, it was nice, but if you did have trouble with other classmates you were stuck with them through out. Having said that we all got along well enough. The only issue I had was going to high school, it was a huge shock going from a school of 160 to a school of 1200. I didn't adjust very well.

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    My kids go to a small rural school with less than 100 kids in total and they love it and so do we. The sense of community among students and teachers is just lovely, we are currently going through a rough time and the support has been fantastic.

    DH went to the same school and he loved it but he did say that the transition to a large secondary school was a bit of a shock! He adjusted pretty quickly though and did really well academically and socially.

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    Our whole school (p-12) is about 110 kids. We do a lot of composite classes which I'm not sure I like. This year for the first time we have a class with 4 grades in it. We have a lovely community feel and offer lots of extras but I'm worried sending our kids there because DH fell through the cracks in a big way.

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    I went to a small school of about 70 kids for year 6 - 7. I loved it. I got a lot more personalised attention from the teacher which I think was good for me academically. Because there was so few of us we also socialised more across year levels which I think made us less cliquey than I was used to at bigger schools. I'd love to find a similar school for dd if the options available once she's school age.

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    I went to a small school and had no issues. Ds' s school has about 120 students. Love it, the staff and principle are fantastic. The parents are great. Very supportive community. Education wise no complaints, the kids are thriving and happy.

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    Our girls go to a school where there are 23 kids in total. The kids are like one big family. The teachers know the children really well. They don't get the "extra curricular" activities that other bigger school have (e.g school bands, dedicated PE teacher, interschool sports) but, in my opinion, those things aren't be-all and end-all. The school is our local school but there are other larger schools our kids could attend if we wanted them to -- we are more than happy with where they are. Other families at the school have changed schools because they felt options were limited, not enough kids in each grade for peer-friendships, etc -- so I guess it comes down to what is important to you.

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    There were 120 kids in my primary school going from prep-6. It was one class per year group. I loved my school. I didn't get along with many of the kids but I loved the school and how I didn't get overwhelmed by it. I think it really depends on the personality of the child to be honest.

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    I went to a school of about 20 in total from 1-6. My sisters and I were the only girls at one stage. It's hard. But I don't know any different so maybe a big school may have been harder. It was a big transition to high school but I feel we did learn just as much in a composite class room and you really learn your way and resolving issues when you have limited play mates.


 

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