Your children deserve the best education possible, which is why you should consider the advantages of attending a small school in Phoenix, AZ. Education research consistently indicates that student safety and academic achievement is better in smaller schools. In Arizona, the typical elementary school size is over 500 students (2009-2010 National Center for Education Statistics). The average high school in Arizona has over 700 students. Small schools are usually defined as schools with under 500 students. However, micro-schools typically have fewer than 150 students. Here are some of the greatest advantages of smaller schools in Phoenix, AZ
- Students feel Safer at smaller schools. Smaller school size has consistently been correlated with stronger and safer school communities. Larger schools report more fights, more vandalism, and more classroom disruptions than smaller schools where students are known and more connected. Students at smaller schools also report less bullying and fewer cliques, which can make a smaller school a better option for students who struggle with anxiety and for shyer students who can feel lost in a big school.
- A closer community. With fewer people on campus, the faculty, staff and students have an opportunity to form closer relationships with each other than is possible in most larger schools. Teachers, too, love working at smaller schools—smaller schools boast higher teacher satisfaction. This comes from obvious reasons, such as having fewer students to manage, but also greater faculty support and relationships with their students’ families.
- Better student-to-teacher ratio. The one-on-one time your child will get at a smaller school far exceeds anything they can get in a large school. Too often, students in large schools feel left behind as teachers struggle to address the needs of the majority. In contrast, the fewer pupils a teacher has in their class, the more time they can spend with each student individually. This can be key in helping your child succeed in areas where they struggle, and shine in the subjects they love.
- Flexibility. In a smaller school, teachers have more flexibility inspire their students and respond to student interest and needs. Because small schools usually have fewer administrators, decision-making is less institutionalized and more flexible. Teachers and students can have more of a voice and feel like their input makes a difference.
- More opportunities to participate. Students at smaller schools have more opportunities to be involved in sports, the arts, and other extracurricular activities. Every student matters. Students thrive when they are able to be involved beyond the classroom.
All of these factors combined make it easy to see how your child will benefit from attending a smaller school. If you’re interested in enrolling your child in a small, attentive, nonprofit charter school that focuses on academics, athletics, arts, and activities steeped in a culture of academic and behavioral excellence, we hope you’ll consider the Pointe Schools Charter District. Since 2001, we’ve been giving students the tools they need to succeed in K-12 and beyond, without the cost of tuition. Our goal is to help your child hone their passions and strengths so they retain an enthusiasm for learning that extends long after their formal schooling has ended. Call us today to find out more about the advantages of smaller schools in Phoenix, AZ or take a tour of our campuses. We look forward to meeting with you and your family!