The average class size for Northern Lights Public Schools improved in all four divisions in 2017-2018 compared to the previous year.
The average class size is better than the provincial average for students in Grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. In addition, the average class size for students in Grades 4-12 is below the Alberta Commission on Learning (ACOL) recommendations. Northern Lights Public Schools continues to be marginally above the ACOL targets for Grades K-3 with an average class size of 19.2, which is an improvement from the previous year.
Class size averages can be impacted by classroom space limitations, programming issues, and the unique demographics often associated with small rural schools (multi-graded classrooms due to class size). Class sizes are monitored to ensure instructional effectiveness, and funding such as CIF and Class Size Initiative funding is utilized to reduce class sizes.