Multi-grade schooling originated in American one-room schoolhouses during the 1800’s. With the rise of public schooling in the 1900’s, multi-grade classrooms fell out of favor. However, multi-grade schooling had a resurgence in the 1960s.1 As of 2018, approximately one third of all classes across the world are multi-grade classes.2
Some Benefits of Multi-Grade Classrooms:
Multi-grade Classroom Videos
Here are some links to excellent multi-grade classroom information that was prepared for a Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran School in La Mesa California
How Does a Multi-grade Classroom Function?
What Are The Benefits of a Multi-grade Classroom?
1. McClellan & Kinsey (1999).
“Children’s social behavior in relation to participation in mixed-age or same-age classrooms.”
Early Childhood Research & Practice
2. Checchi, D., & De Paola, M(2018).
“The effect of multi-grade classes on cognitive and non-cognitive skills: Causal evidence exploiting minimum class size rules in Italy.”
Economics of Education Review