Procedure: Course Offerings and Class-size Guidelines (K-8)

  • Procedure: Course Offerings and Class-size Guidelines
    File Code: D6-R1
    Revised 9/22/17

    Standards Grades K-8

    The class-size guidelines below adhere to the Vermont State Board of Education Manual of Rules and Practices 2121.2. Staff as it relates to maximum class-sizes. The grade spans noted below reflect incremental increases in class-size based on the developmental appropriateness of the students in each grade span.

    K-8 Class Size Guidelines

    (This is NOT meant to be used to determine individual class size)

    Grade Span

    Instructional Areas

    Minimum Average per Grade Cluster

    Optimum Average per Grade Cluster

    Maximum Average per Grade Cluster

    State Board Maximum per SBE Rule 2120.8.2

    K

    All

    14

    16

    18

    < 20 (on average grades K-3)

    1-3

    All

    16

    18

    20

    4-5

    All

    18

    20

    22

    < 25 (on average grades 4-12)

    6-8

    All

    20

    22

    < 25

    K-8 Understandings:

    1. In determining staffing levels within the minimum and maximum ranges outlined above, the following shall be taken into consideration:
      • Needs of students
      • Equipment/educational materials used
      • Space needs/limitations
      • Developmental needs of students
      • Pedagogical needs
      • Other supports that are available to support instruction
      • Projected grade span enrollment over the next three years
    1. The minimum, optimal, and maximum enrollment numbers specified above is the average of all classes within the particular grade span (including Art, Music, and Physical Education). This means that some classes or instructional areas may exceed the maximum and while others may be less than the minimum.  
    2. While these parameters are not designed for individual class-sizes, reasonable efforts will be made to adhere to the minimum and maximum averages within each school, grade level, and/or grade level team when practical to do so.                                                                                                                                                  
    3. Due to the specialized programming requirements, unique nature of student needs, and/or federal and/or state laws or regulations, the following classes will not be considered when determined class-size averages: Special Education classes (e.g., Resource Room), ELL classes, and Reading/Math support labs.