What is Multiage?
Multiage is an alternative approach to learning in which children of different ages and abilities have an opportunity to interact socially and academically. The Middletown multiage classrooms in each of the elementary schools combine students in Kindergarten and grades 1 and 2. Multiage classrooms provide opportunities for children to build on their developing knowledge base. Children not only learn academically, but benefit from one another socially.
Opportunities for flexible grouping across the three grade levels according to need, ability or interest, not just by age
D e v e l o p m e n t o f socialization skills through a family centered environment
Familiar routines year after year reduce the transition between grades and increase
P e e r m o d e l i n g opportunities help children develop leadership qualities
Younger children are stimulated intellectually and socially by older
Increased opportunities to lead and to follow, to collaborate and to make stable peer relationships
What does the Curriculum look like?
The multiage classrooms follow the same standards curriculum as all other grades. Our multiage program has the same high level expectations for student performance as other classes. We expect a multiage classroom to be a challenging and enriching experience. Assessment is authentic and aligned with the curriculum. Students in
multiage classrooms take similar assessments as their grade level peers. Examples of these assessments include:
All student assessment is used for program planning and to improve student performance