June 26th, 2017
At Selwyn School, we embrace the concept of multiage classrooms. Throughout public schools in the United States, this style of classroom organization is extremely uncommon. But in Montessori schools, and other similar private schools, educators have been working in classrooms like this for years.
Rather than splitting up students based on arbitrary birthdate ranges, we believe in providing an environment where students can learn at their own pace, in a setting that encourages cooperation and mentoring.
In this system, advanced students are placed with older children in a class where they can be challenged, and students who are struggling in a subject are given plenty of time to master the material.
In a diverse classroom setting, children are exposed to students who are different from them – working and learning with people who are older or younger, with different abilities and skills, or different needs and wants. This enhances our students’ social and emotional learning skills. In real life, your children will interact with many different types of people; multiage classrooms prepare them for this.
The most important advantage of learning in a multiage classroom aligns with our belief that every child deserves to learn at his or her own individual pace. Your children will be given the opportunity to reach their full potential without being rushed or held back.
This, combined with our student-centered, project-based learning approach to education, creates an environment suitable for the development of your child’s emotional and intellectual intelligence. At Selwyn School, we put our students on the right track towards success, a path towards competence, confidence, and happiness.
After graduating from Selwyn School, our students are prepared to take on the next chapters of their lives: college, a first job, adulthood, wherever their lives take them.
Interested in learning more about the benefits and advantages of multiage classrooms? Contact Selwyn School today.