Hilder Pearson Elementary’s Policies
for Placement of Students in Classes
The staff of
Pearson Elementary takes the responsibility of placing students in a classroom
very seriously. Our goal is to design
well balanced classes which create the optimal learning environment for all our
students. The criteria and process we use
to achieve this goal are described below.
will be balanced by gender as much as possible.
will be balanced by academic abilities and needs as much as possible.
will be balanced equitably by number of students as much as possible.
will be balanced by social, emotional, and behavioral needs as much as
- The principal
will receive a student-to-teacher staffing ratio from the district.
staff will work to establish the number of classes at each grade level.
- A form
for parent input is sent home in the Pearson newsletter and is available
in our office around mid-April.
Parents may return the form to the child’s current teacher with
information about their child’s learning styles, abilities, and needs.
teams develop a balanced class group, not a specific teacher’s class list.
students in a balanced class group instead of in a specific teacher’s
class is done because teacher positions often change, and a teacher may
not be assigned to teach at a particular grade level the next year. In addition, fluctuations in enrollment over
the summer can cause grade level teaching assignments to change.
August, the principal makes changes in the lists due to new registrations
or withdrawals and posts the finished class lists during the last week of
are welcome to schedule an observation visit to the classroom in which
their child is currently assigned. The purpose of a classroom observation
should be to enhance a parent’s understanding of their child as a learner
in a classroom setting.
visits to classrooms in which your child is not currently assigned will
not be scheduled. These visitations
can adversely affect the teaching and learning environment.
Our office staff is
happy to share information about each of our teacher’s class expectations,
building procedures, and district policies. You are always welcome to schedule an appointment with the principal as
well if you have any further questions or concerns. We hope you have found this explanation of
our class placement process helpful.