By Brian Zamora
One of the most dramatic changes this year is the increase in the student population on campus. Compared to last year’s population, there has been an increase of 4,300 to 4,600 students, causing some students to question the decision to accept more students.
With a larger student body, the school administration must ensure that it meet the needs of students, such as textbooks, lockers, and Chromebooks. Despite the school’s efforts to accommodate the growing population, some students feel as though the larger class sizes disrupt the learning experiences in the classroom.
“When you have more students in a classroom, it often becomes harder to have individual teaching time with the teacher. This can negatively affect the grades and performance of students who want to learn,” sophomore Salma Morales said.
The need for an individual learning style is especially important for the specific learning approaches that some students might have. According to the Master in Arts in Learning Technologies (MALT) Program at Pepperdine University, some benefits to ind
ividual learning include: building self-confidence, working at an individual pace, and being free from peer pressure.
Still, other students believe that more students in a classroom offers a wider variety of perspectives and opinions. With a larger student population, one can expect is a greater sense of cultural diversity on campus.
“By having more students in the classroom, you can share more ideas and improve the overall learning experience for yourself and for others. As long as the school provides, then everything is fine,” senior Chris Rodriguez said.
Like the students, the staff and faculty face rising challenges in response to the growing student population on campus. Chef Arturo Luna’s cooking class, for example, is heavy on individual teaching due to its hands-on approach, but often loses space for students to work.
“When it comes to culinary education, there are going to be times where individual teaching and enough space will become necessary. Because there is a max cap of 36 students in [my classroom], teaching the class becomes more challenging,” Chef Luna said.
Perhaps the toughest responsibility faced by the school faculty goes to the discipline deans, who must ensure that all the students at the school are following the school policies and rules at all times.
“The school is always evaluating what the needs of the student body are and tries to find ways to meet those needs. For instance, they tried assigning lockers based on where the majority of grade level classes were,” discipline dean James Vickers said.
Despite the challenges that administration faces in providing for students, the growing diversity will surely offer increased representation of different cultures and religions.