Your child's classroom assignment will be available the Monday before school starts. In the spring of each year, grade level classroom teachers discuss each child to make placement recommendations for the following year. Teachers examine the academic, social and emotional needs of each child prior to making their recommendations. For incoming Kindergarten classes, teachers have an opportunity to meet incoming students at the Kindergarten Visitation days at the end of May.
Several factors are taken into consideration for class placement including the following:
- Gender: Is there a balance of boys and girls in each class?
- Ethnicity: Does each class reflect the diversity of all the children in that grade?
- Learning Needs: Does each class reflect the range of learners, from independent to needing special support? Does each class reflect the range of academic abilities?
- Individual Relationships: Does each child have a friend? Are there possibilities for new friendships? Will the social dynamics of the class work to foster a positive learning environment? Twins will be separated – please email to learn more about Sandpiper’s policy of doing so.
- Classroom Environment: Is there a good match between the child’s learning style and the classroom environment?
- Parent Participation: Does each class have parents who are interested in and able to help with in-class activities?
Ultimately, our first priority is to assure that all classrooms are well-balanced in order to assure the best possible learning environment for all. As a result, parent requests for specific teachers are not accepted.
Many hours have been spent forming well-balanced classes to create the best academic environment for all students. However, if you have a concern you would like to express regarding your child’s placement, please fill out a placement concern form, which can be picked up from the front office.
No room changes will be considered or discussed until after the 10th day of school. You will be contacted at that time.