Class sizes at Peninsula high schools push past the statewide average but some have a lower pupil-to-teacher ratio than other California high schools, recently released figures from the 2011-12 school year show.
Woodside High School, with 1,764 students, boasts the lowest class sizes of area public high schools at 25.7 students per class. The state average is 23.6, according to the statistics published on the Ed-Data website.
Carlmont High in Belmont comes in with the biggest average class size: 27.7. It also has the largest pupil-to-teacher ratio, with 22.9 students per educator.
Check out more area schools here or do your own comparisons on the Ed-Data website:School Class Size Comparisons, 2011-12 School Enrollment Average Class Size Pupils per Teacher Number of Teachers
Carlmont High2114 27.7 22.9 101 Menlo-Atherton High 2000 26.4 21.0 103 Sequoia High
20.7 110 Woodside High 1764 25.7 18.5 105 Statewide Average n/a 23.6 22.7 n/a
The statistics are published by the the Ed-Data website, a partnership between the California Department of Education (CDE), EdSource, and the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team to provide data about K-12 education.
There's a longstanding debate surrounding the importance of class size. A report issued two years ago by the Brookings Institute indicated significant class size reduction—along the lines of seven to 10 students—had the biggest impact on student achievement, but this was much more pronounced in younger students than at the high school level.
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