Class size

Class size is an important component of a positive learning environment. When classes are smaller, teachers are better able to know their students and to assess their individual learning styles and needs.  This means teachers are able to differentiate instruction and assessment practices to better support student learning and improve academic success. Small group work makes it easier for students to participate in discussions or get the individualized feedback or help they need. There is more time for oral presentations, more room for drama and activities that require space and more real teaching and learning.  Students in smaller classes receive individualized attention and more interactive lessons and believe that their teachers understand, value, encourage and challenge them to reach their full potential

The Ontario Ministry of Education agrees that students in smaller classes get more attention, do better and are more likely to succeed in high school and post-secondary education. As a result, governments recognize the importance of size and are working to limit the number of students permitted in one class. The Ontario government is striving to have 90 per cent of elementary classrooms in the province with a total of 20 students or less.

Smaller class sizes are one of the great benefits of an independent school education. At Pickering College, a kindergarten class has between 14 and 16 students with one teacher, one assistant teacher and specialist teachers for French, music and art. Grade 1 to 6 classes have approximately 16-18 students. Students at Pickering College benefit from a small school environment and feel a real connection with, and pride in, their school. Our small class sizes enable our teachers to create a safe, supportive and trusting learning environment.