Pre-School

How big is your pre-k class?

DSs preschool just sent home a notice that said their pre-k class is completely full for next year (we had already enrolled him for 3 days). Out of curiosity I asked the director how many students were going to be in the class and she said 20. This seems like a whole lot of 4-5 year olds to me, even with 2 teachers. This is a preschool, not a daycare, in case that makes a difference.
 

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  • smsalatsmsalat
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    Sounds typical to me.....last year DD's preschool class had 21 kids, with a teacher's aid.  This year the preschool class has 18 with the teachers aid.   
  • At capacity, our twos class has 10.  The 3s class has 12, the 3/4s has 12 and the fours class has 12. 

    Every class has a teacher and aide and it is a co-op, so there is always a parent too.  The fours class is the worst.  The boys are wild and handsy, the girls either sensitive and whiny or wold with the boys.  Everytime there was free time there was constantly drama and fires needing attention.  If I'd known that about that age, I'd never have my kids in a 4s class of 20 kids.  Ever. 

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  • Most 4-5 yr old rooms can do 10-12 kids per teacher

    so if there is 2 teachers in the room that is very do-able.

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  • roxy_jjroxy_jj
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    DD had 20 kids with two teachers and DS will have the same in the fall.  Right now DS has 10 kids with 1 teacher. 
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  • rsd12rsd12
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    Our state law is max 8 kids per teacher. So my oldest had between 13 to 16 kids per class. My middle guy is at a different preschool with one teacher and two aids, he has about 16 kids in his class.

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  • Last year they actually had 30, with 2 full time teachers, 2 part time each with half the day, and 1 floater. This year it's down at like 24 with just the teachers and part timers and no floater.

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  • DD's school does a 1:7 ratio, so there are never more than 14 kids in a class.
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  • DS's pre-K topped out at 16 with a teacher and co-teacher.
  • Mixed age (3-6yo) classroom, we've had between 25 and 30 kids over the past 3 years. There are two main teachers and 1-2 aides around, depending on the time of day and class load (most of the 3yos go home at lunch).

    A 10:1 ratio doesn't sound bad at all for 4-5s- it really comes down to how well the teachers manage the class, and whether there are any major disruption kids.

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  • 15 with one teacher and a part time aide.  

    There is a state law that caps Prek- 4th grade at 22 kids.   

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    At capacity, our twos class has 10.  The 3s class has 12, the 3/4s has 12 and the fours class has 12. 

    Every class has a teacher and aide and it is a co-op, so there is always a parent too.  The fours class is the worst.  The boys are wild and handsy, the girls either sensitive and whiny or wold with the boys.  Everytime there was free time there was constantly drama and fires needing attention.  If I'd known that about that age, I'd never have my kids in a 4s class of 20 kids.  Ever. 

    This made me laugh. :) We have a very-heavy-boy leaning class on the upper ages this year, and wow, they are wild little things (even the calm "rules" kids get their moments). I can tell instantly what teacher is outside when I pull up and open my car door and hear the sounds of the outside play, though- we have some absolutely amazing teachers, one in particular is just so quiet and sweet and awesome- and she has those kids by the toes. They DO NOT fwck with her, and I swear she has NEVER so much as raised her voice at them- just magic.

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  • Our class has a max of 12 kids, that is with two teachers, part of our public school.
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    DD's class has 14 this year but would max at 16 with 2 teachers. I think 20 with 2 teachers would be fine but I would not want more than that in a 4-5yr old class.

    DS's class last year had 21 with 3 teachers. 

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    At capacity, our twos class has 10.  The 3s class has 12, the 3/4s has 12 and the fours class has 12. 

    Every class has a teacher and aide and it is a co-op, so there is always a parent too.  The fours class is the worst.  The boys are wild and handsy, the girls either sensitive and whiny or wold with the boys.  Everytime there was free time there was constantly drama and fires needing attention.  If I'd known that about that age, I'd never have my kids in a 4s class of 20 kids.  Ever. 

    This made me laugh. :) We have a very-heavy-boy leaning class on the upper ages this year, and wow, they are wild little things (even the calm "rules" kids get their moments). I can tell instantly what teacher is outside when I pull up and open my car door and hear the sounds of the outside play, though- we have some absolutely amazing teachers, one in particular is just so quiet and sweet and awesome- and she has those kids by the toes. They DO NOT fwck with her, and I swear she has NEVER so much as raised her voice at them- just magic.

    This is how DD's teacher is :)  She is awesome.  There are 10 boys and 8 girls in the class (2 teachers), and the class is totally under control.  They have a lot of fun, but every time I've dropped in, the kids are really well-behaved.  I went on DD's birthday and read a story to her class, and the kids were fantastic.

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  • IdaniIdani
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    His 3 year old class was limited to 15 kids and 2 teachers. Next year his 4 year old class goes up to 20.


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  • DD1's class maxes out at 16 with two teachers. But they don't have all the kids enrolled all the time -- some only come T/Th, some come all four days that they have class. 

    It seems like on a regular basis, there's really only about 12-14 kids there on a given day for one reason or another.  

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  • kpips20kpips20
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    Thanks for your replies. In his class this year the largest day has 17 kids and that seems like a lot, even with 2 full teachers. His school is starting a PM class for 3 of the days which they said they'll cap at 15 with the two teachers, I may  see if that's an option for us.
     
  • DD1's 4K class was 19 kids with 1 teacher and an aide.
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    The 2 days that he goes (Tuesday & Thursday) there are about 15-20 kids in his pre-k class.

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  • KL777KL777
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    There are two pre-k classes at DS'school.  Class #1 has 14 students in it and class #2 has 11.

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  • shannmshannm
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    21 with one head teacher and two assistants.  There are part time options and there are only a couple of days when all of the kids are there at one time.  In addition, the age range is 3-5.

  • 15 kids. There are 2 main teachers and 1 aide. The main teachers have 1 day off/week, so when there's only 1 main teacher, there are 2 aides.
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    My DD's PreK class has 20 kids and the other class has 14 kids and they do a lot of stuff together.  The 20 kid class has 2 full time teachers and a teacher assistant.  Basically one teacher opens and the other closes (they do before and after care as well so they are open from 6:45am -6pm).  The teacher assistant works mid-day so they always have 2-3 adults in the room with the exception of the 1st and last hour or so when they have less kids.  I think state law at this age is 10 kids per adult.  The other class has 1 teacher and 1 assistant.  The 2 classes are often on the play ground together so you end up with more adults and if they are on the big play ground at the school, the para's from the elmentary are out there as well.  This is a full time, 5 day a week program.
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  • Ou son is in a Early Intervention class mostly with non special needs children. Usually his in a class of 10-12 with 2 teachers and paraprofessional for the kids who need extra help. 
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  • pea-kaypea-kay
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    the boys each have 20 kids in their classes. (they're in separate classes.)
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