Schools is committed to reviewing and assessing student enrollment at each
school and grade-level to ensure every school is appropriately staffed in a way
that aligns with District resources and meets the instructional needs of our
students and schools. This process sometimes leads to class size adjustments.
Adjusting class sizes is a common practice used by school districts to
ensure the correct number of teaching positions are allocated to each school
based on the instructional needs of students, school capacity and class-size
requirements as outlined in the District’s Collective Bargaining Agreement
with the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers.
The class size
review and adjustment process occurs early in the school year, with the annual
goal of all adjustments being made in early October.
Each January, the
District uses an established formula to project the number of students that
will attend every grade level at each school. This process determines the
school’s annual site-based budget and staffing allocations for the following
school year. Due to unanticipated fluctuations between a school’s projected and
actual student enrollment at the start of the school year, the District will
make class-size adjustments to meet student needs and effectively allocate
resources across schools. The District also considers unique students’ needs
such as the number of bilingual or students with special needs at each school.
At the beginning of each school year, school principals are required to
monitor class sizes and submit a report listing the number students physically
in attendance in each grade and homeroom to the Office of School Performance.
Attendance reports are
reviewed by each school’s Assistant Superintendent and Principal prior to
sharing with representatives from the following departments: Program for Students with Exceptionalities, English
as a Second Language, the Office of Human Resources, Budget Development,
Management, and Operations, and Information Technology. Recommendations are
then shared with the Superintendent and Executive Leadership. Once
recommendations are finalized, they are reviewed with the school principal and
adjustments are made.
adjustments is not always an easy process due to the number of factors that
must be considered including student need, teacher certifications, Collective
Bargaining class-size regulations, and teacher seniority.
When a change in
teacher placement occurs, the Office of School Performance and Human Resources
works in partnership with the School Principal and teacher to make the
necessary adjustments. Families of students impacted by teacher movement will
receive notification from the Principal prior to any changes occurring.
The average class size at our K-8 schools per-grade rounded to the nearest whole number are as follows: