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|@A standard school size is 12 to 18 classes in elementary schools and lower secondary schools. Still, there are many small sized schools nation-wide with only one class in each grade. Schools in large cities have been unified or closed due to the urban sprawl phenomenon which has grown over the last 20 years. In recent years, some problems about school and class sizes have arisen, such as the issue of continuance of small schools linked to the abolition of school district s.