Kamloops This Week
With final enrolment established, the Kamloops-Thompson school district can now report average class sizes in 43 schools.
A report going to the board of education on Monday, Nov. 17, states kindergarten classes have an average of 19.1 students; classes in grades 1 to 3 have an average of 21.4 students; classes in grades 4 to 7 have an average of 25.7 students; and classes in grades 8 to 12 have an average of 23 students.
Seventeen secondary classes have more than 30 students. Ten are music/band or physical-education classes. Seven academic classes also have more than 30 students, including two Grade 8 science classes (with 31 students each), a Grade 9 French class (32 students), a Grade 9 socials class (31 students), a Grade 10 science class 32 students), a Grade 11 English class (32 students) and a Grade 11 pre-calculus class (33 students).
Provincial guidelines set class sizes of 22 for kindergarten, 24 for grades 1 to 3 and 30 for grades 4 to 12. In exceptional circumstances, those grades can have classes larger than 30 and teachers are paid more.