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We are fully committed to meeting the individual needs of each student and are convinced that multi-age grouping is one of the aspects of our program that lends itself to this goal. Teachers value differences and individualize curriculum accordingly. Having a range of abilities, interests, and temperaments within a classroom facilitates children’s natural, uneven development.

North Wall has done multi-age grouping successfully for almost thirty years, and one of the many benefits we have observed is the advanced learning of all of the students. Students of varying ages and abilities approach problems differently, and interacting with each other stimulates mental growth. The students thrive both intellectually and socially.

In a multi-age classroom, students plan together, help each other, discover ways to settle conflicts together and become critical thinkers, decision makers, and problem solvers. Because they have the experience of working in cooperative groups, they are able to relate very well to one another and to the outside world.

The students treat each other with respect and care for each other somewhat like siblings in a family. These sibling-like relationships become a source of affection, comfort, and closeness for all of the students.

Some research has shown that children in a multi-age setting seem to have a more positive attitude and are happier about school. This may be attributed to the success they experience in the classroom, the feeling of belonging to a caring community of learners, and the security of knowing what to expect from year to year.

Other benefits that may be attributed to multi-age groupings are:

  • Fewer transitions for students and teachers
  • Increased stability for students as a result of continued classroom routine