Class sizes at Campbell traditional high schools exceed the California average, according to data from the 2011-12 school year released earlier this month.
Leigh High and Westmont High schools report the highest average class sizes, with 29.5 and 29.4 students in each class, respectively. The state average is 23.6 students, according to the statistics published on the Ed-Data website.
Boynton High, a continuation school within Campbell Union High School District and a student population of 259, touts the lowest average class size in the area at 14.6 students.
All Campbell high schools, with the exception of Boynton, also surpassed the state pupil-to-student ratio average of 22.7.
Compare Campbell's high schools below or pick other schools for comparisons on the Ed-Data website:School Class Size Comparisons, 2011-12 School Enrollment Average Class Size Pupils per Teacher Number of Teachers
Boynton High259 14.6 15.7 19 Branham High
1389 28.5 23.2 67 Del Mar High 1160 28.2 23.1 56 Leigh High 1619
29.5 25.1 73 Prospect High 1297 27.5 22.6 65
Westmont High 1624 29.4 25.3 75 Statewide Average n/a 23.6 22.7 n/a
The statistics are published by the the Ed-Data website, a partnership between the California Department of Education (CDE), EdSource, and the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team to provide data about K-12 education.
There's a longstanding debate surrounding the importance of class size. A report issued two years ago by the Brookings Institute indicated significant class size reduction—along the lines of seven to 10 students—had the biggest impact on student achievement, but this was much more pronounced in younger students than at the high school level.
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