What is a combination class?
A combined or split class refers to a class that is made up of students from two grades. Combined classes occur most frequently in elementary schools. For example, a school might have a grade 2/ 3 class combination which would include some 2nd graders and some 3 graders. It is important to know that students in combined classes are not held back to the level of the younger children nor are the children in the lower grade expected to do work beyond their abilities. The prescribed learning outcomes are grade appropriate for all students, whether or not they are in a combined class or not.
What are the criteria for establishing who is in a combination class at Brookvale?
When teachers are beginning to help establish classes with the principal, for the following school year, there are specific criteria used to determine if a student would be successful in a combination classroom setting. School staff look at students who have displayed the ability to work independently, who have met or exceeded the previous year benchmarks in ELA and Math, who have displayed the ability to ask thought provoking questions about core subjects, who are highly organized in their studies and who demonstrate success when being academically challenged in the classroom setting. Students are placed in a combination class if the previous year teacher feels from the student data, that the student will be able to succeed in a multi-grade classroom setting. Professional judgment, using student data is a large consideration when placing students in a combo class.
If my child is placed in a combination class, how can I support my child?
Parents can support their children in the same ways they would if they were in a single grade class. Staying interested and concerned about school work and activities, monitoring a child’s homework and keeping in touch with the teacher whenever possible. If you have concerns about your child’s learning, you should speak to the classroom teacher. As in any classroom setting, staying in communication with the teacher is key in assisting your child with their studies.
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