Class groupings at Levey are created considering the age, grade levels and development of each student and of the current groupings. We embrace the practices of Multiage grouping and Looping.
A multiage classroom is not simply the combining of grade levels, but a philosophy that considers the benefits of a diversified group environment. It allows for learning to be optimized through diverse interactions. Multiage classrooms offer opportunities for leadership, collaboration, confidence and intellectual growth.
Students can be grouped by skills and interests as well as by grade levels. This allows students to often be able to work at their own pace , increasing the opportunity for challenging learning activities based on their instructional level.
The research supporting multi-age classrooms indicates that academic achievement is the same as, or better than, the achievement of children in same-grade classrooms, and that students in these classrooms have significantly more positive attitudes toward school themselves and others. (Stone and Veenman, 1998 and 1996) The spirit of cooperation and caring, the modeling of more sophisticated approaches and the sense of ownership and self-direction found in these classes set the foundation for lifelong learning.
Looping means that children in a one grade or multiage classroom of a 2 year span are grouped as a class and stay with the teacher for two years. This practice creates close and effective student teacher relationships. It decreases transition times in the beginning of the school year. Teachers know in the second year where each child is from day one, and they are able to pick up with each child quickly rather than spend a lot of time diagnosing students needs and setting up class procedures. This creates a high comfort level for all.
Perhaps the greatest benefits of these practices is that their culture permeates the school, creating a stronger and more authentic community. Cross-pollination. between ages is the norm, so children naturally feel connected to a larger pool of people. Students ultimately graduate and become contributing members of society where they are asked to collaborate with people of varying ages and talents. Levey aims to develop not only contributors to society, but leaders who understand the power of community.