Homework Policy

Homework has two important purposes:

  • to provide students with independent practice and reinforcement of previous learning
  • to provide opportunities for vital parent-school partnerships

Our reasons for assigning homework:

  • reinforce previous learning
  • improve retention of learning
  • promote development of study skills, including time management
  • develop a student's sense of responsibility and self-discipline
  • inform parents about the curricula and of their child's progress
  • develop student parent learning connection students see parents care about learning


  • can be unfinished schoolwork, in addition to specific homework assignments
  • should be clear and specific so that students can complete the assignment
  • should be reviewed with students to guide further instruction
  • is not busy work (redundant practice of same skills)

The time spent at home will vary from student to student depending upon organizational ability, work habits, aptitude for particular subjects, and grade level. The following time frames are guidelines for homework IF homework is assigned (in addition to time spent completing unfinished school work):

First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade

5-10 minutes
10 minutes
20 minutes
30 minutes
40 minutes
50 minutes
60 minutes

Daily independent reading is the top homework priority.


Homework Responsibilities:

Student expectations:

  • completion of homework
  • asking questions when needed
  • use planner to record homework assignments (grades 3-6)
  • take all necessary materials home
  • bring finished work to school and turn it in
  • establish a homework schedule and routine with family

Teacher expectations:

  • communicate classroom homework expectations
  • consider the unique needs of each student
  • provide a system for timely feedback on homework assignments
  • inform students of assigned work, due dates, and expectations
  • make sure each student understands the assignment
  • encourage students' efforts in completing homework and be sensitive to problems and frustrations
  • consider impact of long term projects on daily homework assignments
  • communicate with parents regarding concerns or problems

Parent expectations:

  • provide a workspace and schedule for the completion of homework
  • provide feedback and encouragement
  • avoid doing homework for your child or assuming responsibility for unfinished homework
  • encourage your child's effort in completing homework and be sensitive to problems and frustrations
  • reinforce learning in the home environment
  • give permission to stop if your child is overly frustrated and communicate with the teacher