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January 31, 2006


What is the present size for kindergarten classes? And other grades?


Fiona, grades 1-3 are 20 kids per classroom. Unique to the Burlingame School District is the "staggered start time" where the twenty kids are then divided into two groups of 10. The first group starts at around 8:30 and for the first hour (until 9:30 or so) that group has a student/teacher ratio of 10-1. At the end of the day the first group goes home around 2 and the second group stays an extra hour for its 10-1 instruction time. The small ratio allows the teachers to get to know each child well and target the ones who might need special help (especially in reading). The kindergarten class used to be limited to 20 as well but I think it is now up to 30 or so. The 4th and 5th graders have about 30 in each class and their start time is not staggered....it is a big difference to go from a teaching situation where it is a 10/1 ratio (even if only for one hour)in 3rd grade to an 8 to 3 p.m. 30/1 ratio in 4th and 5th. I think the kindgergarten has the staggered start time (so even with the larger classes the kids still have one hour of 15/1 instruction).

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