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Why A Low Student-Teacher Ratio Matters

Teacher assisting students during a class activity

Receiving one-on-one attention is essential for a young student. Whether they have a question or need feedback on their work, students perform their best when their teachers can meet their needs. However, this is only possible in classrooms with low student-teacher ratios. 

At St. Timothy’s School, we pride ourselves on our classrooms’ low student-teacher ratios. Our class sizes allow for our teachers to know our students as individuals. Read below to learn why a low-student-teacher ratio matters for our lower and middle school students. 

Allows for One-On-One Attention

Every student has their own unique learning style. While some like to work independently, others might thrive off working alongside their teacher or peers. With a low student-teacher ratio, instructors can easily decipher each student’s personal learning style. They can use this information to give students specialized attention where they see fit and implement teaching strategies catering to different learning styles. 

Receiving one-on-one attention will help students make academic strides. By receiving more individualized feedback, young learners can gain the insight needed to focus on their strengths and improve their weaknesses. As a result, they become more confident learners and more motivated to excel in their studies. 

Nurtures Student/Teacher Relationships 

Low student-teacher ratios offer more bonding opportunities for students and teachers. When working one-on-one with their teacher, students feel more comfortable asking questions and fostering discussion. In doing so, they progressively feel more at ease in the classroom, gaining the confidence to communicate openly with both teachers and peers. 

Along with student/teacher relationships, low classroom ratios allow parents and teachers to communicate better. With larger class sizes, teachers don’t get as many opportunities to share class matters and individualized student performance with parents. When teachers have fewer students and fewer parents to address, they can better communicate with each parent and provide them with valuable information about their child and the school as a whole. 

Promotes Social-Emotional Growth

Along with academic growth, a low student-teacher ratio also fosters social-emotional development. Lower class sizes allow students to build stronger bonds with their classmates. Whether working together in the classroom or sitting together at lunchtime, students have more opportunities to build tight-knit friendships with smaller class sizes. As a result, they develop stronger social-emotional skills such as teamwork, communication, and cooperation. 

Encourages Student Involvement 

Smaller classroom environments create opportunities for students to get involved. Whether they want to ask questions or share their ideas, students will be more likely to raise their hands and engage in classroom discussions in a more intimate environment. Additionally, smaller classroom environments encourage socialization. Each class creates a tight-knit community allowing students to form close bonds with one another throughout the school year.

Private Education at St. Timothy’s School

At St. Timothy’s School, we keep our class sizes small to ensure individualized attention for every student. With low student-teacher ratios, our instructors can provide personalized focus and feedback to each of their students and foster academic excellence throughout our community. Visit our site today to learn more about learning at St. Timothy’s.