School Life

Homework

Homework Philosophy

Teachers may assign homework to students at any appropriate time. Below are the primary reasons for homework to be assigned.

Students need some amount of extra practice in new concepts, skills, or facts. In certain subjects, e.g., math or language arts, there is not enough time in a school day to do as much practice as may be necessary for mastery. Therefore, after reasonable in-class time is spent on the material, the teacher may assign homework to allow for the necessary practice, or to correct any wrong answers on assignments or tests.

Repeated, short periods of practice or study of new information is often a better way to learn than one long period of study.

Since GRACE recognizes that parental involvement is critical to a child’s education, homework provides an opportunity for parents to actively oversee their child in his/her studies. Parental oversight of homework completion enables parents to be informed concerning current topics of study in the class.

Homework may also be assigned to students who, having been given adequate time to complete an assignment in class, did not use the time wisely. Homework is the responsibility of the student and reinforces the development of good study habits.

Parents are encouraged to use schoolwork as an opportunity to reinforce godly standards of honesty. All work submitted for grading (including homework) should obviously be the work of the student. Outside help, including parents and tutors, should be limited to providing materials, resources, or typing.

Plagiarism is the use of ideas, phrases, words of another person (author, etc.) and presenting it as your own work. In order to avoid plagiarism, any source used for research should be read and notes taken, then original writing of the student based on notes should be submitted as his/her assignment. See CHEATING/PLAGIARISM Policy

Guidelines

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. 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.

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.

Daily Approximate Time for Homework

  • Kindergarten   —   10-15 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

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. See Absences for policy regarding make-up work for absences.