My son's class has 18 students, 1 full-time Teacher and 1 full-time Assistant.<br><br>
So, 1:9 ratio for this year. Because of budgeting cuts (public school), they will most likely add 4 kids to each classroom next year, so they'll have 22 total with 2 teachers per class.
16 children. Yes, there is a paraprofessional in the room (but she's such a grouch, I think the kids might be better off without her, but that's another story...)<br><br>
They are planning to make cuts for next year so that there will be 22 or 23 kids in each classroom.
My son's K class last year had 26 students, but there were 2 actual teachers, with half of the class assigned to each teacher. They were all in the same classroom, though, and did most everything together. They didn't have an aide, so 13:1 ratio.
this year it's 20 to 2 teachers, plus there are typically 2 parents volunteering each day doing centers, etc.<br><br>
BUT-next year they're cutting 2 teacher positions and going up to 32 students-it's ridiculous!
Right now, in public school, my ds's class has 19 kids, one teacher, and on most days, a building sub that is acting as a second teacher/aide. Our district doesn't do aides in kindy, but apparently this year they have decided to use the building subs as aides. Also, any early elem student teachers are being placed in the kindy classes.
At our public school my son is in a class of 20 with a teacher, an aide, a ft special ed aide and part-time aides (1 reading and 1 speech) that float in during the day. Plus, a parent volunteer a few times a week. GREAT for kinder - it does drop-off noticeably as they get older though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
29 kids, one PT assistant, random parents like me who come in in the morning to help with readers and, now, a student teacher. There are also various special Ed and ESL people who take students out of the class to work with them.<br><br>
I've ended up volunteering far more than I actually want to, optimally, since my schedule is so flexible. I find the ratio horrible. The teacher is fantastic, as is the PT, and the parent volunteers do their best, but there are far too many kids with far too many issues (about 2/3rd of the class doesn't have English as a first language when they come to school) for the majority of kids to really learn and grown. There is not enough time for recess because they have so many kids that each lesson takes too long.<br><br>
I could go on and on . .. . It just makes me very sad and I think our country's priorities are sadly out of whack when we can allow classrooms like this yet fund some of the things we do fund.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">