The Benefits of a Small School

Research shows that Small Schools have significantly better student outcomes than Large Schools.

Attributes associated with small school size that researchers have identified as accounting for their superiority include:

  1. Everyone’s participation is needed to populate the school’s offices, teams, clubs, etc., so a far smaller percentage of students is overlooked or alienated.
  2. Adults and students in the school know and care about one another to a greater degree than is possible in large schools.
  3. Small schools have a higher rate of parent involvement.
  4. Students and staff generally have a stronger sense of personal efficacy in small schools.
  5. Students in small schools take more of the responsibility for their own learning; their learning activities are more often individualised, experiential, and relevant to the world outside of school; classes are generally smaller; and scheduling is much more flexible.
  6. Grouping and instructional strategies associated with higher student performance are more often implemented in small schools—team teaching, integrated curriculum, multi-age grouping (especially for primary children), cooperative learning, and performance assessments.

– Caldwell, Brian J., 2013, Research on School Size: An educational transformations briefing paper

MRIS prides itself on being a Small Independent Family School for the following reasons:

  • Small scale learning enables our students to be known and valued as individuals.
  • Each learner’s particular needs are met and all aspects of development – creative, emotional, moral, spiritual as well as intellectual and physical – are encouraged.
  • The learning process is active, participatory and relates to the child’s own experience.
  • The learning community is underpinned by environmentally sustainable values and practices.
  • Parents and the local community are seen as vital partners in the life of the school.
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