Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Class Size, School Concurrency, Level of Service

  • 1. Class Size Reduction is listed as a consideration for boundary planning. What might cause a school to not meet Class Size Reduction targets?

    Currently, most of the District's schools are anticipated to remain under 100% of their gross capacity and, therefore, have sufficient physical capacity to meet the Class Size Reduction mandate. 

    An overcrowded school may meet the class size mandate through the targeted use of teachers and focused scheduling efforts. However, if this is not possible, a boundary change may be necessary to reduce overcrowding.

  • 2. What are the class size reduction targets?

    In 2002, citizens approved an amendment to the Florida Constitution that set limits on the number of students in core classes (Math, English, Science, etc.) in the state's public schools. The maximum number of students in each core class are as follows:

    • 18 students in prekindergarten through grade 3;
    • 22 students in grades 4 through 8; and
    • 25 students in grades 9 through 12.

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  • 3. How does class size, school concurrency level of service, and the State Plant Survey impact school boundary planning?

    The boundary process is impacted by state-mandated class size reduction requirements, school concurrency, and the state's five-year Educational Plant Survey (Plant Survey).

    The Plant Survey process looks at how much total capacity exists in the District against projected enrollment. The most recent Plant Survey found there were a surplus of student seats available throughout the District to meet current and future enrollment needs. As a result, the state will not fund building any new schools or classroom additions. This means, to reduce overcrowding at schools(s), changes may have to be made to school boundaries.

    School Concurrency provides coordinated planning between the District and local governments to ensure school capacity keeps pace with residential developments. in 2008, an interlocal agreement was adopted by the School Board, Broward County government, and each municipality which established that each school must have a plan where enrollment is no more than the Level of Service (LOS), which is established as 100% of a school's gross Florida Inventory of School Houses (FISH) capacity or 110% of a school's permanent FISH capacity, which ever is greater. 

    Class Size Reduction (CSR) requires all core classes have no more than;

    • 18 students per classroom for grades prekindergarten through 3,
    • 22 students per classroom for grades 4 through 8,
    • 25 students per classroom for grades 9 through 12.

    Since 2005, Broward County Public Schools has experienced a decline in enrollment. This means most schools now have space within their facilities to meet class size requirements. An overcrowded school may meet the class size mandate through the targeted use of teachers and focused scheduling efforts. If a school is not able to meet CSR mandate even with these strategies, a boundary change may be necessary to reduce overcrowding. .

    For additional information contact BCPS, Facility Planning and Real Estate, (754) 321-2164.

Last Modified on September 23, 2022