ERIC Number: ED043946
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
School Size Does Make a Difference.
Turner, Claude C.; Thrasher, James M.
Since the purpose of the schools is education, school size becomes important if it affects the educational opportunities available to students or the effectiveness of the educational program. The rationale for an extremely large secondary school rests on two assumptions--a large school can offer a broader educational program, and costs per student are smaller. Both assumptions are faulty. Some schools with enrollments of only 500 students offer comprehensive programs matching those of schools with enrollments exceeding 3,000. The decrease in cost per student becomes minimal as enrollments exceed 1,000. In addition, smaller schools provide opportunities for proportionately more students to participate in extracurricular activities; maintain less formal and complex lines of communication among students, teachers, and parents; and face fewer charges of depersonalization. In terms of combining educational opportunities with program effectiveness and comprehensiveness, optimum school size appears to be in the rnage of 700 to 1,000 students. (RA)
Descriptors: College Preparation, Communication Problems, Cost Effectiveness, Decentralization, Educational Finance, Expenditure per Student, Extracurricular Activities, High Schools, School Community Relationship, School Size
Institute for Educational Management, 8655 Pomerado Road, San Diego, California 92128 ($3.00)
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Authoring Institution: Institute for Educational Management, San Diego, CA.