School Life

Homework & Grade Checks


The necessity for doing homework will vary from grade to grade and even from student to student. The guide below indicates an average time for the student. Teachers will post homework assignments and require students to record these assignments.

  • Students in grades one through four should record assignments in their agenda; parents should initial the agenda daily. Lost agendas for first through fourth grade students must be replaced. Replacement costs will be charged to the parents’ account.
  • Students in fifth grade and up will record assignments in a designated manner on their school-issued computer.
  • Parents are encouraged to check students’ assignments as needed.Individual homework contracts may be assigned for students having difficulty and will require parent involvement.
  • In grades 7 through 12, homework should not be assigned in any single subject (with the exception of math) more than 3 times per week (including quizzes and tests). Coordinators in grades 7 – 9 will monitor the workload for each grade level.
  • Students are not assigned homework on Wednesday nights (with the exception of math & AP classes) and no more than two tests should be scheduled on the same day.
  • Tests may be scheduled on a Thursday, however, notification must be given the previous week.
  • No homework should be due on the first day after Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter break.
    Parents should send a note if their child was unable to complete a homework assignment because of illness or if an assignment was excessive.
  • Parents should also make teachers aware if their child is consistently spending more than the approximate times noted on homework assignments.

Daily Approximate Time for Homework (Grade/Minutes)

1st and 2nd – 30 minutes
3rd and 4th – 45 minutes
5th and 6th – 60 minutes
7th and 8th – 90 minutes
High School – 2 hours
AP Classes – Each AP class will require additional time

Late Homework

  • Late homework will receive a 15% deduction in grade for each day it is late for the first three days.
  • After 3 days, late homework will be assessed a “0”.
  • If the homework assignment is checked in class, it may not be handed in late and the student will receive a zero for the assignment.
  • For excused absences, students will have twice the number of absent days when they return to make up all missed assignments, tests, or quizzes. For more information on the GRACE policy for absences, see Absences & Early Dismissal.

Cheating / Plagarism

Plagiarism is defined as the presentation of another person’s ideas, phrases, or words as the student’s own work (including Cliff Notes, online essays, internet research, or another student’s work). A student sharing their work is as much at fault as the one receiving it, and will receive the same consequence. Students should not e-mail or share their work with other students to ensure full credit for effort. The use of online translators and Heritage Speakers for foreign language work is prohibited.

  1. Bad Paraphrasing – The student loses 10 percentages points
  2. Plagiarism/Cheating/Copying
  • 1st offense – Zero on the assignment, phone contact with parents by the teacher, student conference with administration
  • 2nd offense – Zero on the assignment and day of suspension, phone contact with parents by administration
  • 3rd offense – Zero on the assignment, 3 days of suspension, administrative conference with student and parents

Athletic Eligibility

The GRACE Athletic Department has a program designed to support our student athletes in academics by helping them be successful in the classroom as well as in the athletic arena. The program is in place for all athletes and is a supportive system.  More information on Grade Checks for Athletic Eligibility is available on the Athletics Eligibility page on this website.