Private School Size Beyond Student Teacher Ratios

by NYC Firm Schools on May 27, 2009

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Much ado is made of the student to teacher ratios of NYC Firm Schools, and the obvious benefits of a smaller class size and individualized learning plans. For many advocates of a highly specialized educational experience, the push is towards not only a smaller student teacher ratio in class size, but a smaller student body size as a whole. Many people feel that a smaller school can offer it’s students more.

Educational professionals learned a long time ago that smaller is better when it comes to a learning environment, with an obvious threshold that threatens social needs coming in. (A student teacher ratio of 1:1 is great for a personalized learning plan, however it makes it a little difficult to adjust to living and working in a larger society where, quite simply, it isn’t all about you.) . Most prep schools have a student population of about 300-400 students and can offer smaller classes, but you will find examples of larger Firm Schools with extensive campuses and facilities that look more like a college campus then a Private School for children. A larger school doesn’t necessarily mean a larger student to teacher ratio, as a larger school need only hire more teachers to compensate for numbers.

Detractions to Size
With the push going for smaller school size, though, comes the tough choice of sacrificing the school‘s ability to compete successfully in sporting and group events. With so few students, there may not be enough interested in a Debate Club or a Lacrosse Team, and so those types of activities may not be offered at all.

Size does matter in NYC Firm Schools, but it is the relativity of size to needs that matters most.

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