Homework Policy

The purpose of homework is to

  • Assist students in building academic confidence by allowing them to experience success, while also becoming aware of their limits.
  • Facilitate the capacity for students to demonstrate a sophisticated level of metacognition-a student's ability to think about their own thinking.
  • Reinforce critical concepts taught in the classroom through independent practice.
  • Continue to build and enhance a partnership between home and school.
  • Allow the teacher to have an increased level of awareness of student strengths and weaknesses, thereby guiding personalized instruction.
  • Improve executive function skills –the ability to organize, plan and manage time.
  • Provide opportunities for students to demonstrate application of knowledge and skills in a variety of settings.

In a way that

  • Minimizes anxiety and frustration.
  • Honors individual learning styles and needs.
  • Recognizes and respects competing demands on students' time outside of school.
  • Is meaningful and purposeful.
  • Promotes exploration and discovery.
  • Meets students at the zone of proximal development (Zone of Proximal Development –or ZPD- asserts that all learning is meaningful when level of challenge is not overwhelming to a child's level of competence).
  • Recognizes attempts at completion and/or attempts to problem-solve.
  • Is strategically designed for each child.

As a result

Students should be able to effectively

  • Apply and expand knowledge in different settings.
  • Gain a desire for continued learning and growth.
  • Transfer skills to future life experience.
  • Become more self-sufficient and accountable.
  • Own their academic and social strengths and challenges.
  • Practice self-advocacy without arrogance or apology.
  • Master effective study techniques, organizational, and time management skills.

Teachers should be able to

  • Assess students' strengths and challenges using subjective and objective-based data.
  • Obtain a better perspective of how each student learns.
  • Adjust curriculum and methods according to students' needs.
  • Provide constructive feedback regarding student progress.

And Parents should be able to

  • Celebrate their child's strengths and accomplishments.
  • Feel empowered to taper their level of involvement based on child's developmental needs, independence, and level of ability.
  • Gain a better understanding of their child's learning style.
  • Receive consistent feedback regarding what the student is learning and how he or she is progressing toward the goal of content mastery.