How Can a Small School Help Students?

Published On: Monday, September 30, 2019|Categories: Learning Strategies, Parents, Private School, Tenney Subscribers|

Small School Communication to Creativity

There are many ways in which students can benefit from going to a small school. Not only are they going to get personalized attention which may not be possible in a public school, but each and every area of their life will also improve.

Through better communication with their teachers and advisors, they will learn to focus on academics while still having a good social life. They will learn to be socially responsible and creative. Plus, they’ll also have access to better technology.


First and foremost, it’s important to stay in touch with students to find out what they’re happy about and what’s a problem for them. This is usually the job of the student advisor. At a small school, student advisors are encouraged to talk to students about more than just academics.

If the student gets the feeling that the student advisor actually cares about what they are going through, then they are more likely to open up and tell them about their problems, at which point the two of them can work together to come up with a solution.


Yet another reason students are not happy in school is that they feel like they don’t fit in. Maybe they are not from that city or state. Or maybe they are international students. They may not feel accepted by other students at the school. Or they may simply not understand their mode of communication.

At a small school, there are school events which all students can attend; this is a great way of getting students to mingle. It gives them something to do, like listening to a lecture or a band, and helps them to connect with each other at the same time.

These events are often educational as well, with well-known speakers, writers, academics, etc. And there are usually snacks after the event so that students can discuss the issue.

Social Responsibility

Let’s assume that a student is doing well in their classes. And they’ve got some good friends to spend their free time with. And yet, they feel demotivated. They feel like something is missing.

In this case, it’s up to the small school to give them a sense of purpose. Everyone needs a purpose in life and a lucky few find their purpose pretty early. They know exactly what they want to do in life. But there are people who don’t get clear about this until much later in life.

In such cases, it helps if you show them a way of helping people. Helping others can become one’s main purpose in life. And even if it’s not one’s main purpose, it can still be a fulfilling activity that gives meaning to one’s free time. Either way, it can reawaken a student’s enthusiasm and make them believe more strongly in what they are doing.


We live in an age where everyone has their own computer. Still, it can be inconvenient to carry a laptop around everywhere, and it helps to have an up-to-date computer lab where students can write their papers or do other assignments.

This is also helpful because there’s a different energy in a computer lab. When everyone around is busy working/writing, you feel motivated to do the same. But if you go home and work alone, you’re always going to be tempted to lie down in bed and relax or watch a movie.

It also helps if teachers use technology to teach. This can be done in a simple form, such as showing students slides or it can be more complex, depending on what type of class it is and what the students are learning. At a small school, teachers are more creative in planning out their classes.


Encouraging creativity among your students can be a great way of motivating them to study. Creativity comes in many forms. You can be creative when you paint something on canvas. Or you can be creative when you run a mock company in your business class.

At a small school, there are many ways of being creative, from art classes to new syllabi for literature which has previously been neglected. Fictional or non-fictional creative writing can also help the student to grow.

All these are great, creative ways in which a small school can keep students engaged. Contact us to learn more about the benefits of attending a small school for your child.

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