Small schools versus big schools
Comparing the benefits of small and big schools
Is there an ideal school size? This is a controversial question.
While some researchers have looked at this, they often generalize students’ preferences and behaviours. Even some assumptions that seem valid—such as that smaller classes are better than larger ones for some students—lack empirical support. Children vary greatly in how they respond to different environments, and those responses can change over time. Similar to deciding between single-sex or coed schools, it’s best to consider the merits of both small and large schools as they relate to your child at specific times.