When classes start in the fall, some schools will be mixing grades in elementary school with multiage classrooms.
Some of the students attending Agnor-Hurt Elementary School will learn in classrooms that mix children from kindergarten through grade five. The change has caused some concern among parents.
“The first question I hear from parents is about if their child is going to learn the appropriate grade-level content, especially in the older grades, in a multiage classroom,” said Michele Castner, Agnor-Hurt’s principal.
Only 100 of the school’s 500 students will be in multiage classrooms. Jan Vrhovac, curriculum specialist at Agnor-Hurt, says that elementary curriculum repeats each year, and the school teaches content around common themes, so students will learn at the appropriate grade level.
“It actually creates a better flexibility for the students and the teachers because typically we’ll have about 10 percent of our kids operating on grade levels above, so rather than them being limited to just being in a room with their same age peers, they actually can easily move up in that setting,” Castner said