Classroom Planning - Fall 2024

As we begin to plan for the 2024-2025 school year, we are having discussions about classroom placement. One question that comes to the office in the spring and at the beginning of each school year is how we determine which class students will be in. The first thing parents and guardians need to know is this is a carefully considered process. There are a number of factors that go into this decision including the number of students in each grade, trying to get a balance of gender and abilities, and maintaining some social supports for each student. Overall, the most important consideration is what is in the best interest of all of our 482 students.

The reality for our students is they will be in a combined grade classroom during their academic careers. Forward tentative planning has combined classrooms for Grades 1-8. Our staff will use a variety of strategies to best meet the individual needs of our students, which will include flexible groupings within and beyond their regular classrooms. Being in a lower split does not mean that students are lower in their ability, the same way a higher-grade split is not comprised of the highest achieving students. Each classroom needs a heterogeneous balance.

We do pay attention to social supports and do our best to ensure students have social connections. While each teacher has their own strengths that may be somewhat different from their colleagues, all have incredible talents to share in a challenging, rewarding, learning environment. We will continue to try our best to place students in the best possible classroom to help them learn and grow!

As we prepare to build classrooms for the next school year, please take time to notify us if you will be moving or have recently moved and have a new address. Also, if your child will not be attending Argyle next school year, please let us know as soon as you are able. This information is very helpful for numbers for classrooms and also for the Transportation department!

Staffing for the 2024-25 school year will be shared with the school community on June 17 and Grade 1-8 classroom placements will be confirmed prior to school start in Fall 2024.