Class-Size Tracker


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This document was published under a previous government and is available for archival and research purposes.


Waterloo Region DSB class sizes

This chart is a snapshot of primary class sizes* in Waterloo Region DSB each fall since 2003. Actual class sizes* for 2016-17 were reported as of Friday, September 30, 2016.

Percentage of Primary Classes* by Class Size
School Year 20 or fewer 21 22 23 24 25 or more
2003-2004 33% 13% 10% 11% 11% 22%
2004-2005 40% 14% 12% 10% 9% 15%
2005-2006 50% 13% 12% 9% 7% 9%
2006-2007 65% 15% 9% 5% 3% 3%
2007-2008 90% 2% 3% 5% 0% 0%
2008-2009 91% 2% 2% 4% 0% 0%
2009-2010 90% 2% 3% 5% 0% 0%
2010-2011 91% 2% 2% 5% 0% 0%
2011-2012 90% 2% 2% 6% 0% 0%
2012-2013 91% 2% 3% 4% 0% 0%
2013-2014 90% 1% 3% 7% 0% 0%
2014-2015 90% 2% 1% 7% 0% 0%
2015-2016 90% 2% 3% 5% 0% 0%
2016-2017 91% 2% 2% 5% 0% 0%


Across the province

Large primary classes* have been phased out. Since 2008-09, we have maintained small class sizes across the province. This is still true in 2016-17:

  • 100% of primary classes* have 23 or fewer students this year compared to just 64% in 2003-04
  • 90% of primary classes* have 20 or fewer students this year compared to 31% in 2003-04

*Notes

  • Primary class size percentages have been rounded.
  • Totals may not add up due to rounding.
  • The government's full-day kindergarten (FDK) program is not included in primary class size calculations. Classes under the FDK program differ from other primary classes by having educator teams, comprised of a teacher and an early childhood educator, working together to support children’s learning throughout the two-year Kindergarten program.  In some cases where an FDK class has 15 students or fewer, only a teacher is required.

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