Question

Why is the class so large?

Answer

In California in the 1990s, public school students attend elementary school for grades K-5, middle school for 6-8 and high school for 9-12. In New York in the 1960s, the breakdown was elementary K-6, junior high 7-9 and high school 10-12. High schools still needed a 9th grade to accommodate students from private schools that ran K-8.

One exception to this rule was Brooklyn Tech, an academic high school with an emphasis on engineering, which admitted all its students in the 9th grade. Brooklyn Tech and a handful of other specialized public schools drew its students from the entire city. Students were admitted based on the results of an entrance examination administered by Columbia University, the same exam used for Stuyvesant and Bronx Science.

In 7th and 8th grades, J.H.S. 22 had two SPE classes. Enough students left for Brooklyn Tech that the school combined the two classes into one for 9th grade. In the 1966-67 year, this resulted in a class size of 37.


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