Educational Benefits of Multi-Age Grouping:
- Students in Multi-Age Groupings perform as well or better than those in traditional ‘grade’ groups on standardized tests.
- Students in Multi-Age Groupings often have a more positive attitude about school than students of traditional ‘grade’ classrooms.
- Students in Multi-Age Grouping regularly reflect on their progress, growth, and learning.
- Increased use of flexible grouping for student learning
- Increased communication between parents, students, and teachers
- Increased parental involvement
Social Benefits of Multi-Age Grouping:
- Greater sense of belonging and rapport in classroom
- Increased cooperation among students as they foster the sense of community and sharing in the classroom
- Decreased competition among classmates as they learn to rely on each other and assist each other
- Less stress moving from one level to the next, as students will often have former classmates already in the next level who will assist the transition.
Multi-Age builds lasting, positive relationships between students, families, and teachers.
- Teachers and students have time to build a solid relationship over the course of several years.
- Students and families get to know each other well, and often families will request other siblings have the same teacher, further enriching communication and relationships
- The teacher knows what was taught in previous years, knows what the student has mastered, and knows what skills need more work and practice.