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Old 04-16-2012, 04:45 PM
 
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We've been looking all over, and are considering Fair Lawn--does anyone know if the individual class sizes are small? Currently our daughter is in private school with 11 children in first grade. We need to switch to public, but are looking to find something suitable for her. Realistically, 11 students is probably not going to happen, but over 20 is too high.

Any other suggestions of towns with small class sizes? Any info is greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:26 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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We've been looking all over, and are considering Fair Lawn--does anyone know if the individual class sizes are small? Currently our daughter is in private school with 11 children in first grade. We need to switch to public, but are looking to find something suitable for her. Realistically, 11 students is probably not going to happen, but over 20 is too high.

Any other suggestions of towns with small class sizes? Any info is greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
Little House on the Prairie comes to mind.

You want small, go private.

Guess we all grew up "stoopid" with 30-35 kids per class.

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Old 04-16-2012, 06:48 PM
 
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We've been looking all over, and are considering Fair Lawn--does anyone know if the individual class sizes are small? Currently our daughter is in private school with 11 children in first grade. We need to switch to public, but are looking to find something suitable for her. Realistically, 11 students is probably not going to happen, but over 20 is too high.

Any other suggestions of towns with small class sizes? Any info is greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

You will not find a public school with average class sizes under 20 kids. The average in the state is around 25. You will find the districts with smaller class sizes are generally in more affluent areas which are also known for their top tier school systems than in the more blue collar urban areas, but even there you will be around 20 kids per class.

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Old 04-16-2012, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Glen Rock, NJ
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We've been looking all over, and are considering Fair Lawn--does anyone know if the individual class sizes are small? Currently our daughter is in private school with 11 children in first grade. We need to switch to public, but are looking to find something suitable for her. Realistically, 11 students is probably not going to happen, but over 20 is too high.

Any other suggestions of towns with small class sizes? Any info is greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
butterfly, right next door to Fair Lawn is Glen Rock (where I live). Much smaller school district, top rated. About 11k residents with 4 public elementary schools. No way 11 per class but more like 16-22 that do a great job. Welcome to public school 2012. Smaller class doesn't mean a better education though. I wish it was just that simple. I've sat thru a couple of my 1st grader's class (22 kids) and it was so well done I never worried again. BUT, there are also many (I would say most), in my part of the woods, that have their kids continually challenged (my 1st grader is already enrolled in Math camp this summer). This is not bad. And it's not for every parent. I prefer having my kids involved. If our kid hates the math camp this summer, so be it, we tried and will do something or nothing.
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:13 PM
 
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Not true. There are a number of public school districts with <20 kids per class (16-22; some Board of Eds set a goal of 20-22 in elementary, for example). But times are different than years ago when there may have been 28 in a class but special needs children were sent to special classrooms or different schools. Now most are included in a regular classroom (with aides or special ed teachers as necessary).
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:06 PM
 
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Thank you, to those with actual helpful replies, at least. Our reason, since I need to explain now, is that our daughter has a mild learning disability in the sense that she loses focus in a larger class size, and is doing very well in her current smaller class. She was evaluated by a learning specialist from the state who recommended to us not to pull her out of private school, simply bc she thrives here, vs in her previous school with 27 kids where she couldn't focus and we had daily complaints from her teacher. She is highly intelligent, just difficult to maintain focus with too many distractions. Private school offers very individualized attention, that we will miss if we leave. We may not be able to continue private due to financial reasons, so therefore we are trying to see if there are any towns that may offer smaller class sizes. That was all.
Thanks again
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:58 AM
 
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Summit, NJ (Union County)
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:46 AM
 
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Does she have a IEP?
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:52 AM
 
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Maybe Wyckoff in Bergen County (also try any of the smallish towns- but be sure they have good special ed depts)

Mendham, Mendham Twp, Madison in Morris County

New Providence in Union County
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:11 AM
 
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Sort of far from Bergen County but Pt Pleasant Beach, Bay Head and Lavallette in Ocean County are small school districts. All the towns go to Pt Pleasant Beach HS and when I graduated there were 97 in my class... Less that 400 in the whole HS. They even get tuition paying students from other towns
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