Each spring, there is considerable discussion about placing children in classes for the next school year. This is a matter that we do not take lightly at Maury. The teachers and principal will spend many hours forming well-balanced classes in which all children will have an opportunity to learn and to grow in their academic and social skills. We hope that a frank review of our procedures for class placement of students will reduce the need for parents to make requests for specific teachers. When classes are structured, we follow a clear set of guidelines.
Classes are formed into deliberate heterogeneous groups with the following in mind:
- An even gender and racial balance;
- A full range of aptitudes within each class;
- An even proportion of achievement levels and learning styles across the classes at each grade level; and,
- An equal number of students in each class on a grade level.
Once these factors have been considered, teachers begin to build classes of children who show promise of working well together. Attempts are made to match pupil and teacher personality and style. Quite understandably, these decisions are based upon observations made by the teachers during the course of the year. While we review additional input about your child’s individual learning needs, such as your observations shared at parent-teacher conferences, any such input will be considered in the context of the guidelines above. Additional comments are entirely optional, but if submitted to principal, they must be written via email and received no later than May 9, 2014. We also trust that you will understand that parents’ comments constitute one of the many factors that we consider in forming classes. The final decision on class placements resides with the principal.