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FAQ for Combos

FAQs for Combos

Will my child receive the same curriculum as the other students at his/her grade level?

Yes!  Your child will receive the curriculum for their grade level.  All students are taught the standards for their grade level. 


How are students chosen? 

It is actually a compliment to have your child chosen for a combination class.  We look for students who are independent workers, have leadership qualities, follow directions, manage their time well, take responsibility, and are generally average to strong students. 


Will my child miss out on any grade level activities?

Absolutely not! Your child will participate in all grade level activities and possibly more!  


How do combination classes operate?

Typically students are taught in grade level groups.  Many teachers rotate teaching.  They teach one group while the other group does independent work.

At Foothill Knolls, our teammates are always supportive and help out in many ways, such as taking  classes for PE, library, etc. to give teachers an opportunity to work with one grade level at a time.


When my child is placed in a combination classroom, how should I talk to them about it? How should I address their questions about how this will be different than a single-grade classroom?

Talk to them just as you would when preparing to enter any new classroom. All children benefit from a positive attitude and encouraging words during any transition. There are not immediate/apparent “differences” between a single-grade classroom and a combination classroom that children should be prepared for. Both provide a rich and caring environment, and a teacher who is committed to ensuring each child has a great year. Students will be expected to learn, work, listen, and participate in a variety of activities alongside their classmates. Just like in any other classroom setting, there will be times when the teacher is addressing the whole class, times they will work in small groups, times they will work quietly, and times they will work one-one-one with the teacher.


Research says ….

  • Children are happy in combo classes and have fewer conflicts than their peers in single grade classes.  Also, when students spend two years with the same teacher it benefits both the student and the teacher. 
  • Some research says combination classes are neither worse nor better and other research says students in combo classes do better.
  • In a combination classroom, community is the emphasis. The closer the community atmosphere, the more secure the children feel.