Instead of one teacher supervising roughly 25 children, imagine four teachers and 60 children in one single classroom. This is the new approach taken by the New American Academy in Brooklyn. The idea is based on the model found in elite boarding schools, like Phillips Exeter Academy, where students in small classes work collaboratively and hold discussions around tables.
But the New American Academy is one of the toughest learning environments in the US, in a high poverty neighborhood in which 20 percent of the children have been found to have emotional, physical or learning disabilities. Read more here: New American Academy in Brooklyn Is an Experiment in Class Size - NYTimes.com