During your student’s 8th grade year, you likely heard the phrase “Student-Teacher Ratio” at nearly every school you visited. It is touted as a defining number for academic institutions, but most often it’s read by parents, given a quick nod of approval, and moved past. What does it really mean for your student, and why is it so important?
At Brebeuf Jesuit, there is a student-teacher ratio of 12:1. This is found by dividing the total number of students that attend Brebeuf by the total number of teaching faculty members employed. To put this into prospective, this year the Public School Review cited the national average being 16:1, with Indiana lagging even further behind with an 18:1 average amongst all public schools.
So, why is this number so important, and what does it mean for your student?
While six students more per teacher may not seem extreme at first glance, it can mean a significant difference for the time and attention your child receives. Because our teachers’ student case-load is significantly lower than the national average, they are able to pay closer attention to their students’ progress and struggles. They are able to step in when a student needs help but may not ask for it, or acknowledge improvement and reward a student that has worked hard to make that happen.
Additionally, Brebeuf practices a weekly schedule modeled after a typical college schedule. Throughout each day, designated Personal Responsibility Times, or PRTs, give students time to study and meet one-on-one with teachers for classes they need additional help in. A low student-teacher ratio means that students won’t have to wait in a long que to have just a few brief moments with their teacher. Each faculty member has plenty of time to spend one-on-one with your student, helping them through a difficult lesson or simply building a relationship.
In the end, this means that at Brebeuf, every student is known. Not by one teacher, but by all of their teachers. The impact this has on a student’s four years is hard to quantify, but continues to prove that the Brebeuf way works.