The majority of Seventh-day Adventist schools in North America are small schools with only one, two, or three teachers teaching in multi-grade classrooms. It is natural for parents to wonder if small schools and multi-grade classrooms can provide the same level of quality and achievement that larger schools may.
Between 2006 and 2012, a large research study was conducted that involved 75,000 students to find out. Led by Dr. Elissa Kido of LaSierra University in Riverside, CA, the CognitiveGenesis analysis concluded the following after six years of study:
While, on the surface, multi-grade classrooms in small schools may appear to be disadvantaged, these advantages more than make up for perceived disadvantages:
A multi-grade classroom actually looks more like the complex world that students will eventually work in. Old and young work together. Teamwork is essential. Variety becomes a creative opportunity rather than an obstacle.
For a more complete analysis, read here.