Homework reinforces academic concepts, builds background knowledge, and gives students an opportunity to practice for mastery. Teachers use homework as a tool to evaluate student understanding so that group and individual re-teaching can be done before testing time. Homework is neither for teaching new concepts nor practicing skills that have not been previously taught in class. Because practice of skills is valuable, completed homework that is submitted on time will not be subject to a score of zero.
Projects give students opportunities to explore topics more deeply, develop critical thinking, and demonstrate understanding in a variety of ways. Most project work should be done in class, and group projects are to be completed in class during school hours (any exceptions to this must be approved by the principal). Teachers may assign no more than one project per semester for each subject area that requires work outside of class. Time spent at home on projects is subject to the parameters for daily and weekly homework.
Homework should not interfere with student development and well-being such as family time, time to play, and time to sleep. When an elementary or middle school student has worked the designated maximum minutes, the parent should stop the child and write a note to the teacher explaining the amount of time that the child worked. The child will not be penalized for incomplete homework if he has worked the maximum amount of time for one day. At the high school level, if a student is working beyond the maximum time more than once a week, the parent should contact the high school principal to discuss a solution. Students who choose not to use the time given in class to complete classwork or projects should expect to spend additional time on this work at home.
For each grade, time parameters have been established for the maximum number of homework minutes per day:
Note: Honors and AP courses will require a heavier homework load for high school students.