George Mason High School has had a history of small class sizes, but currently gained a reputation of having moderately larger ones. As each year passes by, it appears as though most classes increase in number. There are plenty more students that attend a class than there has been in previous years.
There was an average of fifteen kids per class dating back to the 2005-2006 school year. Now that number has grown to at least 20 students per class. Though classes aren’t extremely large, the increasing number of students per class is on the rise. Does this affect individuals in a negative manner? Or are Students not affected at all by the constant growth of classes?
There are various opinions and different takes on this issue. “The class sizes are average to me, I feel comfortable with them,” states Marco Vasquez, a ninth grader here at George Mason. Aside from P.E., Drew Nickel’s largest class contains fifteen students, “The classes are just fine to me” he says, “I’m not bothered at all by the amount of kids in each of my classes.” Nichole Obusan explains, “The sizes of my classes are pretty big, yet decent, though they sometimes can get chaotic and it’s harder to concentrate.”
Many other students agree with those opinions about whether or not they are bothered by the sizes of their classes, but upper classmen have seen and experienced the growth as each year passes by. Joel Chandler, senior, says, “It’s different; I did not have as many peers as I do now in previous years. But I kind of like the change, its great to meet new people and converse and learn with more students along side of me.”
In conclusion, there are different responses given when asked about the class size issue, but for the most part, students are learning to cope with it and continue to work hard each day, despite it’s constant growth. The younger grades are not as phased by this issue-- they barely notice it. The upper classmen are generally well aware of this issue, and for the most part, find it intriguing to interact with more students. The more the merrier.
While teachers may find the burden of teaching more students in one room a great challenge, the students have not yet admitted any change in their learning styles.
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