Overcrowded Classrooms: Your Solution to A Growing Concern
Winter construction can pose a few challenges. However, it is the ideal time to plan for your school’s expansion. Are you facing space concerns? Do you have overcrowded classrooms? If that’s the case, there is time to plan a solution for overcrowded classrooms now.
So, how do you know if your school is overcrowded? For one, a ratio of more than 20 students per teacher is considered undesirable. This is according to CEDS (Community & Environmental Defense Services). In fact, several U.S. states have laws that require a specific ratio so that overcrowding is eliminated altogether.
Factors that Can Contribute to Overcrowding
In general, one of the first steps to tackling a problem is to identify its key contributors. As a school, this is especially important. Some schools may not be overcrowded yet. However, it is still important to know the signs. Because in the long run, they can be detrimental to learning.
Below we outline some of the most common factors for overcrowding:
- Lack of infrastructure
- Closure of nearby schools
- District Consolidation
- Legislative Changes
- Surge in student enrollment
- Building closure from water damage, natural disasters, or aging
- Lack of funding
Why Overcrowded Classrooms Pose a Problem
Overcrowded classrooms pose a problem. Subsequently, their facilities do too. Many times, overcrowding can affect lunch schedules, hinder learning, affect standardized testing, and more. Below we outline the most common problems that arise from overcrowded schools.
- Teacher-to-student ratios are too high
- Struggling students fall behind their classmates
- More noise disturbances exist in large classrooms
- Quality of learning decreases per student
- Less access to equipment or technology
- Lack of cafeteria space
- Overcrowding reduces the ability to focus
- Increase in chattiness between students
- Lower grades
It is a concerning list. And in the long run, damaging. It is not, however, a lost cause. Schools that are aware of overcrowding can be proactive and efficient in preventing major problems. “To prevent overcrowding, school expansion and new school construction must keep pace with increases in student enrollment. While mechanisms are available for limiting increases in student enrollment, these can only be used as short-term solutions.” – CEDS. In other words, “band-aid” fixes are not the answer. Construction is necessary.
Your Solution to Overcrowding
For every problem, there is a solution. In fact, a modular solution. One of the fastest, simplest solutions for overcrowded schools is leasing modular classroom space. Not only are there a variety of floor plans to choose from, but modular classrooms can be customized to match the look and feel of your existing facilities as well.
Whether you are looking to add classrooms, restrooms, locker rooms, laboratories, cafeteria space, or even a medical wing, modular buildings can meet your educational space needs.
- No ownership hassles
- Low monthly payments
- Quick delivery & installation
- Low-disruption to students & faculty during construction
- Ability to return the buildings at the end of their lease period
- Faster occupancy and less expense than traditional construction
Leasing has its benefits. In addition, it also has its options. The next step is to consider single classroom buildings or one large, multi-unit complex for your campus. To learn more about your classroom leasing options, check out our related post here:
Vanguard Modular works with clients like you, to provide a comfortable learning environment for your students and faculty. Every project is unique. But no matter the case, we can help you find the right building for your school. Contact us today for your temporary or permanent space needs.