Class Size is Key to Children’s Education

The Guthrie School Prides Itself on Maintaining Small Class Sizes.

The Guthrie School Typical Class has 15 Students

The Guthrie School Typical Class has 15 Students

Reducing class size to advance student achievement has been tried, debated, and analyzed for decades. On its face, the premise is logical: with fewer students to teach, teachers can better accommodate individual student needs, foster personal connections with their students, and ultimately, can help each student realize their fullest academic potential. Multiple studies have scientifically confirmed this premise. In the aggregate, studies have found:

  • When class size reduction programs are well-designed and implemented in the primary grades (K-3), student achievement rises as class size drops;
  • A class size of no more than 18 students per teacher is required to produce the greatest benefits;
  • The experience and preparation of teachers is a critical factor in the success or failure of class size reduction programs; and
  • Supports, such as a rigorous curriculum, enhance the effect of reduced class size on academic achievement.
  • Smaller classes can benefit all students in terms of individual, active attention from teachers, but lower achieving pupils particularly benefit from small classes.
  • If placed in large classes, evidence shows that students are more prone to go off task and teachers spend teaching time bringing them back on task instead of teaching.
  • Longer exposure to small classes in the primary grades (K-3), produces higher levels of achievement for low, medium, and high achievers in grades 4-8. In other words, additional years in small classes in early grades result in benefits in achievement in later grades for all students. [1]

    The Guthrie School Provides an Excellent Education Environment

    The Guthrie School Provides an Excellent Education Environment

The Guthrie School prides itself on maintaining small class sizes, employing qualified educators, and teaching carefully crafted curriculum to ensure our students receive the highest quality education possible. Indeed, students at The Guthrie School enjoy:

  • An overall student-to-teacher ratio of 5:1 and an average class size of 15, compared to the 23:1 ratio in the Dallas Public School system during the 2014-2015 school year;[2]
  • An impressively qualified core teaching staff, over 80% of whom have obtained a Master’s Degree in education;
  • A challenging curriculum that pushes students to learn material one full grade level above their same-age peers educated elsewhere.

    Guthrie School Students Thrive in Smaller Classes

    Guthrie School Students Thrive in Smaller Classes

 

[1] For more information about the various studies, visit: Center for Public Education; ClassSizeMatters.org; Michigan State School of Education.

[2] To learn more about the class sizes in the Dallas Public School System, visit: DISD

Top 10 Reasons Why The Guthrie School is Right for Your Child

The Guthrie School knows what is missing from most educational facilities in the North Texas market and they fill that gap.

Our Bright, Large and FUN Classrooms and Playground Provide a Wonderful Experience

Our Bright, Large and FUN Classrooms and Playground Provide a Wonderful Experience

 

  1. Personal Attention—We get to know each student and their unique set of needs, both academically and socially.
  2. Low Student to Teacher Ratio—Our overall student to teacher ratio is 5:1, and our average class size is 14.
  3. Advanced Academics—From Pre-K to Fifth Grade, our students are taught one full grade level above their same age peers in the general community.
  4. Passionate Teachers—Over 80% of The Guthrie School’s core academic teachers have completed Masters Degrees in their teaching fields.
  5. Foreign Language in Elementary Classrooms—Studies show that foreign language is most efficiently learned when taught at an early age. We provide full-length academic foreign language classes to all of our students from Pre-K to Fifth Grade.
  6. Early Emphasis on writing, public speaking and participation in productions—The Guthrie School promotes strong leadership qualities and self-confidence by giving each student frequent opportunities to publicly share and develop their writing and and speaking skills in front of small and large groups. We incorporate custom made Harkness tables and utilize the Harkness method of teaching to foster students to incorporate their own voice in their writing and see how best to promote their ideas effectively. Our students participate in a minimum of three special productions each year, including our amazing year-end show.
  7. Specialized Art and Chess classes—These classes are taught by master teachers during the school day to nurture important artistic and critical thinking skills.
  8. Community Involvement—We give back to our community in order to develop a community spirit of generosity and concern for others.

    We are an Academically Advanced Prep School

    We are an Academically Advanced Prep School

  9. Personal Responsibility and Resilience—these traits are actively taught and highly valued at The Guthrie School. We believe that each student may be guided towards the development of independence, respect for him or herself as well as others, good stewardship of personal and community property, and the very important concept of perseverance through difficulties. We strive to develop active leaders who will not give up, and will rely on their own abilities to problem solve.
  10. Focus on the Family—parent/teacher access and communication are paramount. We want to know each family well, and to form strong community bonds with them. There is positive energy and a spirit of teamwork among students, parents, faculty, and the administration.

 

For more information call us for an appointment at 972-596-6929 or email us at info@GuthrieSchool.com.

 

Jill Guthrie Founder & Headmistress of The Guthrie School

Jill Guthrie Founder & Headmistress of The Guthrie School

Jill Guthrie is the Founder and Headmistress of The Guthrie School. A magnum cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas. She has been educating children in Texas for over 30 years.

Why Smaller Classes and Higher Teacher Ratios Matter

Reducing class size to advance student achievement has been tried, debated, and analyzed for decades. On its face, the premise is logical: with fewer students to teach, teachers can better accommodate individual student needs, foster personal connections with their students, and ultimately, can help each student realize their fullest academic potential. Multiple studies have scientifically confirmed this premise. In the aggregate, studies have found:

 

Pre-K to Grade 5 - The Guthrie School with a Typical Class Size of 15

Pre-K to Grade 5 – The Guthrie School with a Typical Class Size of 15

  • When class size reduction programs are well-designed and implemented in the primary grades (K-3), student achievement rises as class size drops;
  • A class size of no more than 18 students per teacher is required to produce the greatest benefits;
  • The experience and preparation of teachers is a critical factor in the success or failure of class size reduction programs; and
  • Supports, such as a rigorous curriculum, enhance the effect of reduced class size on academic achievement.
  • Smaller classes can benefit all students in terms of individual, active attention from teachers, but lower achieving pupils particularly benefit from small classes.
  • If placed in large classes, evidence shows that students are more prone to go off task and teachers spend teaching time bringing them back on task instead of teaching.
  • Longer exposure to small classes in the primary grades (K-3), produces higher levels of achievement for low, medium, and high achievers in grades 4-8. In other words, additional years in small classes in early grades result in benefits in achievement in later grades for all students. [1]
Students Thrive on The Guthrie School Class Size

Students Thrive on The Guthrie School Class Size

 

The Guthrie School prides itself on maintaining small class sizes, employing qualified educators, and teaching carefully crafted curriculum to ensure our students receive the highest quality education possible. Indeed, students at The Guthrie School enjoy:

 

  • An overall student-to-teacher ratio of 5:1 and an average class size of 14, compared to the 23:1 ratio in the Dallas Public School system during the 2014-2015 school year;[2]
  • An impressively qualified core teaching staff, over 80% of whom have obtained a Master’s Degree in education;
  • A challenging curriculum that pushes students to learn material one full grade level above their same-age peers educated elsewhere.

 

Students Learn Better Communication Skills

Students Learn Better Communication Skills

To learn more about The Guthrie School contact us at info@GuthrieSchool.com or call us during school hours at 972-596-6929.

 

 

 

[1] For more information about the various studies, visit: Center for Public Education; Class Size Matters; Michigan State University Education

 

[2] To learn more about the class sizes in the Dallas Public School System, visit: Dallas Public Schools 

 

 

Jill Guthrie Founder & Headmistress of The Guthrie School

Jill Guthrie Founder & Headmistress of The Guthrie School

 

Jill Guthrie is the Founder and Headmistress of The Guthrie School. She graduated magna cum laude from UTD and has been educating children for over 30 years.