ERIC Number: ED448525
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Small Schools. Issue Brief.
This brief discusses the benefits of small schools and whether schools can be too small. For years, it was thought that larger schools could offer more comprehensive instructional programs of greater quality at lower costs than smaller schools. However, recent research indicates that larger may not be better, and that smaller schools may in fact be more productive and effective. Benefits include better attendance, lower dropout rates, better student attitudes, increased academic accomplishment, fewer discipline problems, increased adult connections, less cost per student, increased extracurricular activities, increased parental support, and better safety. However, can schools be too small? Studies have demonstrated that, ideally, high schools should have between 600 and 900 students. Research also supports earlier findings that school size is especially important for the most disadvantaged students. (Contains 12 references.) (DFR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance, Curriculum Problems, Discipline, Dropout Rate, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Government Publications, Parent Participation, Public Schools, School Safety, Small Schools, Student Experience, Teacher Student Ratio
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon State Legislature, Salem. Legislative Policy, Research, and Committee Services.