****UPDATE: actual info for 2011-2012 from Erin is posted below and in the comments. ****
"Great information! The class sizes are spot on.
Here's some additional information based on the Principal's update at our last PTA meeting.
All classrooms will be multi-grade this year. The Contemporary program will have K/1, 1/2, 2/3, and 4/5 classes. The Montessori program will be K/1, 2/3, and 4/5.
The district projected our enrollment to be a little over 400 and our average enrollment last year was 389.
The class configurations in the Contemporary program are subject to change if summer enrollment numbers shift significantly from projections. The Montessori program is less likely to change since it is an opt-in program and Montessori teachers are more difficult to hire.
Hope this helps and welcome to Bagley!
Erin Reid, PTA Co-Treasurer"
This year's enrollment numbers are still being finalized (and we won't find out classroom assignments for a few weeks), but here's some info I remember from last year. *People who actually have numbers should feel free to comment or correct me.*
There were around 375 kids, approximately half in the contemporary program, and half in Montessori.
Approximately 75 kindergarteners were divided into six classes: 3 Montessori combined K/1st grade classes, 2 Contemporary K/1 classes, and one K-only. Most classes had 24-26 students; the K-only class began the year with 19 students but had 23 by year end (it was the overflow).
My understanding is that there will only be K/1 combined classes this year, no K-only. Class sizes will depend on enrollment numbers, but can be expected to be in the 24-26 range.
All other classes were combined (e.g. 2/3 and 4/5), and the Montessori program also offered 1st/2nd/3rd combined classes, but I don't know if that is continuing. Class sizes for the higher grades could be up to 28 students.
So, one teacher, 25 wild & crazy five and six year olds? Um, yes, there are instructional assistants and various aides, whose salaries are partly paid for by the PTA, so please help us to maintain the teachers' sanity by supporting the PTA, and if you have the time, volunteer in the classroom.