In the fall of 2011 , the Department of Education announced the Kindergarten to Grade 3 (20K3) Class Size Initiative. This initiative is intended to cap class sizes in Divisions in Kindergarten to Grade 3, based on the following definitions and guidelines.
- By September 2017, 90% of the K to 3 classrooms within a school division will be required to be cap compliant by having 20 or fewer students; and
- Again, by September 2017, 10% of K to 3 classrooms within a school division will be permitted to exceed the 20-pupil cap. No K to 3 classrooms, though, will be permitted to exceed a class size of 23 pupils.
- Where Grade 3 students are combined with students in higher grades, those classrooms will be subject to a 23-student class size cap. These classrooms will not be counted in a school division’s 90-10 cap compliance count. However, divisions will need to report publicly on the number of students in classrooms where Grade 3 students have been combined with students in higher grades.
- School divisions are required to report class sizes publicly as at the end of September only. The “90-10” rule will apply to class sizes as at the date of reporting in September.
The 2012-2013 school year is the first year in the five-year implementation period for the Kindergarten to Grade 3 (20K3) class size initiative. As part of the implementation of the class size cap for these grade levels, Prairie Rose School Division is in the process of developing plans for meeting this class size cap in all of our schools. The cap has already been met in some of our schools.
2013-2014 K-3 Class Size Tracker for class size information for the community schools in the Division as of September 30th, 2013.