While most people today are used to one grade per classroom, St. Paul Lutheran School uses multi-grade classrooms that utilize additional teachers (instructors) as needs arise. St. Paul middle grades teacher Dawn Schnare says, "We are better able to teach children where they are despite their age or current grade with combined classes. I have students bumped up and I have students working below their "grade level" in various subjects because that is the instructional level that they need. Students suffer when the focus shifts to teaching students for the sake of a score instead of teaching students for the sake of learning."
There are many advantages to a multi-grade classroom spiritually, academically, and socially:
“Students show increased self-esteem, more cooperative behavior, better attitudes toward school in general, increased pro-social (caring, tolerant, patient, supportive) behavior, enriched personal relationships, increased personal responsibility, and a decline in discipline problems.”