Small School Environment
Small School Features & Benefits
For academic, social and financial reasons, Nolan Creek School will limit the total campus student enrollment to about 480 elementary students (Grades K - 4), 450 middle school students (Grades 5 - 8) and 450 high school students (Grades 9 - 12) with the graduating class capped at about 100 - 125 students.
We believe some students do better in a smaller school environment and numerous studies show that smaller schools can have superior academic results because the Head of School and other school leaders can better monitor the quality of academic instruction taking place each day and have a greater influence over the school culture.
Although we seek to keep our class sizes a little smaller than many of the traditional schools in the area, research studies have clearly shown that the skills of the teacher are a greater contributing factor to superior academic results than class size. We do seek to have the following average number of students in a classroom led by a certified teacher.
20:1 Grades K - 1
22:1 Grades 2 - 4
24:1 Grades 5
25:1 Grades 6 - 12
A smaller school allows students more opportunities to be involved in the life of a school, such as participating on one or more athletic teams, in student government and leadership, and in social clubs. A smaller school can also produce a special feeling of camaraderie and team spirit because a smaller pool of classmates are concentrating their efforts to organize a variety show, make the athletic team, or ace the final exam. The students get to know just about everybody in a small school and build relationships with other classmates and faculty.
Another important reason for the high school student enrollment target of 400 - 450 is to compete in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Conference 3A and remain as a 3A size school for future UIL bi-annual realignment and redistricting. We believe the UIL 3A conference allows our students to compete against strong competition but also against other small-sized schools that are similar to Nolan Creek.