NYC Firm Schools and Size

by NYC Firm Schools on January 7, 2009

The size of both the school and the classroom are important factors for every child’s educational experience. For parents who choose a private school over a public school for their child, school and classroom size are usually one of the first few questions that they ask to ascertain the quality of the academic program. For those parents who choose a private school education for their child, NYC Firm Schools are not immune to the academic issues related to school size.

NYC Firm Schools and Correlations in Size

Many people correlate the size of a school and it’s classes to the ability of the school to execute it’s specific academic goals.

The Large Schools; Advantages and Disadvantages:

A larger school can provide a more diverse culture and support programs that meet the majority of it’s students’ interests, however with size comes proportionate management problems. A large school can simply become to big to support all of it’s students, programs and staff, and the individual needs of it’s student body begin to suffer dramatically. So while larger schools can often have the advantage of creating and maintaining specific groups within their student population and sustaining the budget required to invest in and keep highly qualified teachers, the academic environment is often less controlled, concentrating on a central population of students while those on the outskirts of those abilities, both over and under, are under-represented.

The Small Schools; Advantages and Disadvantages:

A smaller school can provide amazingly intimate direction and coaching to it’s students and a highly individualized, customized learning program. This enables students to realize their strengths and weaknesses and develop specific goals and exercises to address those. Smaller schools, however, often do not have the budget or the space to be able to support the number of programs to meet non-academic needs such as sports and clubs, and the diversity of the student culture is highly minimized. In essence, a smaller school size may be correlated to a more controlled academic setting, this advantage is offset by the narrow set of services and programs, including advanced classes, that they can offer.

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