Multi-Graded Classrooms

Benefits of Multi-Graded Classrooms

Every day, students of different ages are given opportunities to work together side-by-side and learn from one another what it means to step up academically and socially.

Each year half of the students are new to the room and half are veterans. The older students serve as mentors and leaders to their new classmates.

Benefits of Multi-Graded Classrooms

Academic – In multi-graded classrooms, as individuals and as mentors and mentees, students take greater personal responsibility for their learning, thereby enhancing their academic achievement.

Social – When multi-graded students share a classroom and collaborate, they gain greater self-awareness and respect for individual differences.

Emotional – The interdependence and peer tutoring that takes place in multi-graded classrooms leads to a positive self-concept and a propensity for children to lead.

Academic benefits

Students are in the same classroom for two years so teachers get to know them deeply. This allows teachers to meet their students where they are and to challenge them along their own continuum.

Learners and leaders, prepared to take on the academic challenges ahead

Social benefits

“We love the multi-grade classrooms, especially since our kid has often been more drawn to older kids academically, but younger kids socially. Aurora is a place where the teachers really know our child well.” – Aurora parent

Students form friendships with other children in their grade as well as in the grades above and below. Then they become friends with their friends and in this way, students quickly get to know everyone in the school.

Together side-by-side

Emotional benefits

You can’t change your birth order in your family but at Aurora oldest children, get to experience having mentors and youngest children get to be role models. “Only children” get to experience the pros and cons of having siblings.