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Policies and Regulations

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Policy 6-52


Class Size

In general, the student-teacher ratio in a class shall fall within the limits set by the Virginia Board of Education and by the recommendations of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. However, inadequate funding or changing enrollment patterns may force an increase in class size.

In general, the School Board desires a small class size for students in kindergarten, in the primary grades, and in courses requiring close supervision of the students. A larger than normal class size may be permitted in classes that lend themselves to effective large group instruction.

The number of students in a class shall depend upon the subject to be taught, instructional organization and techniques, and the financial capabilities of the school division.


Legal References:

Code of Va., § 22.1-253.13:1, as amended. Standard 1. Instructional programs supporting the Standards of Learning and other educational objectives.

Code of Va., § 22.1-253.13:2, as amended. Standard 2. Instructional, administrative, and support personnel.


Adopted by School Board: July 13, 1993 (Effective August 14, 1993)
Amended by School Board: June 6, 2006