The Advantages of Multi-Grade Classrooms

If you are a parent who has toured Mission Academy, you’ll notice the wide age range of our learners. We have witnessed the first-hand benefits of multi-age classrooms, which allow young people to connect with a diverse community that enriches their daily experiences. It’s beautiful to watch learners of all ages socializing and supporting each other in the classroom.

In this case, our Guides are able to teach young people based on their unique needs instead of solely age or grade. In this article, we want to walk you through the advantages of multi-age classrooms at Mission Academy!

Leadership Opportunities

At Mission Academy, we focus on uplifting every learner’s unique strengths, interests, and needs. Multi-age classrooms allow kids to access leadership and mentorship opportunities with fellow learners.

Same-grade classrooms can set a distinct standard for young people, creating insecurities in learners that may fall behind the status quo. We encourage all learners to play an active role in the classroom space, regardless of their age.

Each of our Guides celebrates learners who step into classroom leadership roles. We often see older learners helping their younger counterparts or expressing ideas to their Guide about curriculum activities.

Multi-age classrooms allow learners to connect with young people from all walks of life. There are more leadership opportunities which create strong bonds between learners while setting young people up for future success.

Child Develops at Their Own Pace

Every child learns in their own way, and not all young people will master skills at the same age. Same-grade classrooms can make it difficult for learners to develop at their own pace, as there is a set curriculum for what kids should know and understand at a certain age.

Multi-age classrooms give learners the confidence to take on new challenges they may see their older peers doing. They can also ask for help and gain clarity on topics that may be difficult for them to grasp. This allows every child to develop at their own pace without the stress or pressure of keeping up with other learners.

Learner-Led Learning Environment

At Mission Academy, our learners are encouraged to express their needs and interests. Guides focus less on lecturing and more on supporting a collaborative, peer learning environment. As a result, young people develop a positive, loving relationship with learning that helps them feel confident in their academic abilities.
Young people learn best from their peers. Multi-age classrooms expose learners to a wide variety of young people with different opinions and learning styles. Our Guides place a strong emphasis on learners instead of the curriculum. This teaching style removes a lot of the academic roadblocks many kids have to overcome in traditional school environments.

The Takeaway: Young People Learn More About Themselves and Their Peers

We witness countless benefits to multi-age classrooms with our learners every day.
At Mission Academy, it’s our goal for young people to walk away from school with an empowered growth mindset.
Every learner is a unique individual that plays a pivotal role in our school. We believe that all young people deserve the opportunity to discover what makes them unique while developing key social traits that help them thrive as well-adjusted adults.
You can learn more about Mission Academy on our website. We welcome all interested parents to schedule a tour today! We would love to meet you and discuss next steps for your child.