The Advantages of Smaller Class Sizes

High school is a pivotal point in the education of young people. It’s at this time when they start to figure out what they want to study in college and what careers they would like to pursue. But sometimes boys in large schools fall through the cracks. They start to lose interest in their education as they struggle to balance their social lives, athletics, and academics. Even the best teachers and staff can be overwhelmed and lose track of individuals when trying to lead large groups of students. Fortunately, this problem is easily solved with smaller class sizes.

Individual Instruction

At high schools like The Kiski School where small classes are the norm, each students’ progress and well-being is tracked and noted by teachers and staff members. Instructors at Kiski don’t just know a student’s name; they know who they are personally and how they’re doing in school, and how they are coping being away from home.

“At a small school, we can not only put a name with a face, but because we share stories, experiences, and a community; we can gain a deeper understanding of each student. Much like a small town or neighborhood, the Kiski community allows students to know one another, know what events are happening on campus, and take pride in their School community.  This should be comforting to parents who will be away from their son(s),” according to Bill Ellis, the Associate Headmaster for Enrollment and Financial Aid at Kiski.

Research shows that small classes encourage students to not only keep up with their lessons but to excel in academia. According to this report from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), students of smaller classes “tend to be as much as one to two months ahead in content knowledge, and they score higher on standardized assessments.” Teachers of small classes are better able to track individual progress and diagnose problems that might arise. They also have an easier time maintaining order in the classroom so potentially unruly students won’t disrupt each other’s education.

More Opportunities to Participate

The academic excellence of Kiski students is due in part to students being able to share and engage more in smaller classes. Students take more interest in their education when they can interact directly with their teachers and peers more often. Studies show that students in smaller classes are more likely to participate in class discussions.

Not only do students have more opportunities to participate in class, but also in athletic and art programs. Kiski has the same 12 varsity sports offered as most large schools, which means everyone has to participate. All Kiski boys have the opportunity to learn what it means to play team sports and balance their studies with athletics, creative programs, and other responsibilities. Kiski also has several art programs including drama, visual art, and music where all boys are required to contribute.  

Small class sizes provide students with specialized instruction to meet their needs as well as more opportunities to explore their skills in sports and art programs. At The Kiski School we have numerous programs tailored to teach teenage boys effectively. If you have questions about life at Kiski, feel free to contact us!
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Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, independent, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States.  Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes Advanced and Honors courses, 12 varsity sports, and a community that allows boys to thrive through project-based learning and self-discovery. Kiski's beautiful, 350-acre campus is located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.

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