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Do you have a question about Harrisonburg City Schools? Perhaps you heard something in the grocery store that made you think, “Is that really true?” Here’s your chance to ask the superintendent.  This is not a gossip column so please review these guidelines for submitting questions:
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Question and Answer > class size View modes: 
pchildress - 9/5/2014 8:57:42 PM
class size
I just read the previous question and answer about class size. I am very surprised that this seemed to be pushed aside in the reply. In this city we are challenged with diverse cultures, economics, etc. In these classes, especially the early years, how would a teacher, even the best of the best possibly reach each student at their level as per your division mission?

HCPS - 9/9/2014 8:56:24 AM
RE:class size
We sincerely thank you for your question. Our K-4 grade level averages range from 18.0 - 21.3, with 4 out of 5 grades averaging under 20 students per class. Our highest class sizes are in Grade 4 and they average 19.8 - 23.0, with a division-wide average of 21.3. Space and funding prohibit us from reducing class sizes even further. For instance, we do not have the space to reduce class sizes without removing special classes such as art, music, foreign language, etc. In 2017, we will have our sixth elementary school open and that will provide us additional space. We are devoted to the success of every student, and we have many programs to meet the unique needs of our students.