Here are the most recent enrollment figures for the district. These were compiled as of mid-August, and may have changed slightly since then, but generally show where the trouble spots are. Large class sizes are one or the main concerns of school advocates, and an issue we highlighted often during the Spring budget process.
The district's largest elementary class size is 29 in the Hannah 4th grade [disclosure: this blogger's son happens to be in this class], followed by 28.5 in the Ayers 5th grade. These were two of the classes that were affected by the open-enrollment pushback plan devised by former Superintendent Hayes.
North Beverly 5th grade ranks 3rd with an average of 27.7 students per class.
All other classes seem to fall at or below 25.
One of the strategic plan focus groups meeting this fall will focus on the issue of class size.
This site aims to inform and mobilize Beverly parents to take an active role in all issues related to the funding and operation of the city's schools. It was launched in the spring of 2008, when the city saw its first-ever override attempt fail, followed by the closure of a nearly-new elementary school. Subsequent years have seen further cuts that have led to larger class sizes across the district. While the opening of an impressive new high school and plans to replace the city's aging middle school give us reason to be optimistic, the school community must be ever vigilant in demanding appropriate school funding by city and state governments, and better community communications from the district and School Committee.