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RE: Class Size in High School Art Classes

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wrapf (wrapf)
Thu, 7 Nov 96 14:51:08 EDT

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At Souhegan High School in Amherst NH we are very lucky to have some say and
control over class size. Class sizes vary from 6-24 depending on the time of
day, level of the course and the nature of the instruction. We have two full
time art instructors for 800+ student body. Entry level courses generally
(Pottery I, Drawing I, Painting I, Photo I etc generally are capped at 18
students. We have one room with only 18 chairs in it! Our other room will
accomodate 24. Upper level courses generally attract fewer students and I've
had pottery II and Photo II courses with as few as 6 or 7. My largest class
is a humanities interdisciplinary course with 24.

We are on a trimester system with every art course lasting 12 weeks (Except for
the Humanities Senior Seminar). We have a modified block with courses meeting
4 days a week with one day being a double period or 110 minutes. We have a 7
period day with lunch and advisory consuming 1 period for everyone. Our
freshman and sophomores run with a different schedule because they are blocked
on a team for 4 hours each day where they receive English, Math, Social Studies
and Science. Their fifth course is a foreign language and 6th is some type of
an elective (PE, Health, Arts, Technology, etc)

The normal teaching load is four courses plus advisory. Teachers have no
duties such as study halls, or lunch monitoring etc. I teach 5 courses (my
humanities class is a double period every day all year) and my partner teaches
4-5 depending on the trimester.

Hope this is enough info.

Bill Rapf
Souhegan High School
Amherst, NH 03031

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