Welcome to Multi-Age Classrooms!
Saint Bernard School has implemented multi-age classrooms since 2009, initially to solve an overcrowding situation, but continues intentionally today! St. Bernard offers multi-age programming in grades 1-4 along side single-age classrooms.
A multi-age classroom is NOT a split or combined classroom. A multi-age classroom is a unique structure in which children of different ages and abilities are placed together without dividing them or the curriculum into grade designations. Multi-age classes are appropriate for all students, and the classes are balanced, designed with gender, personalities, abilities, and behaviors as with the single-age classrooms.
- Involve students in developing 21st century skills of critical thinking, creativity, innovation, self-direction, self-discipline, leadership, initiative, teamwork, technology, and collaboration.
- Immerse students in a flexible learning environment with problem-based learning.
- Provide child-centered instruction based on standards and learning expectations, yet child-driven.
- Differentiate instruction to support all students including differentiated questioning, a variety of activities and methods, peer-to-peer learning, technology, scaffolding and support, challenge and enrichment, and open-ended activities.
- Utilize a variety of assessments to check understanding and growth.
- Structure classroom management to foster responsibility, respect, and accountability for behaviors in order to promote a Christian, positive learning environment.
- Develop students that are ready to take on the challenges of the future while being able to work with a diverse group of people.
- Teachers are mentors, orchestrators, facilitators, and coaches in learning.
Multi-Age Research and Information
- Choosing Multi-Age Click Here
- Center for Evaluation and Education Policy Click Here
- AASA | American Association of School Administrators Click Here
- Multi-Age Top 10 Facts Click Here
- 21st Century Skills Click Here
“Teaching in a multi-age class allows me to use progressive teaching methods, challenges me to be creative in instruction, integrate technology, and help children develop vital skills for their future. More importantly, I am able to see academic and social growth, build a personal relationship with the children and families, and develop a working relationship with the students over a two year period. Each year I count on my olders to make a difference in the classroom and look forward to the new curious youngers! I am infinitely proud to say I am a multi-age teacher and equally proud of the growth my students show!”
~Mrs. Sarah Pethan Multi-Age Teacher since 2009