The mission of Pinnacle Classical Academy is to provide students with a premier college preparatory experience. Homework is a key component of preparing students for college and academic success. While homework is an important part of the educational process, homework has to be reasonable in size and scope for the grade level of the students. Below you will find the guidelines and expectations that have been established for our students.
Purpose and Benefits of Homework:
Homework has four basic educational purposes:
- Practice - Students need to practice what they learn on their own time, at their own pace.
- Preparation - Homework prepares kids for higher grades. If students aren’t given homework in elementary school, they won’t be able to handle middle school, high school, or college.
- Study - Homework has a causal effect on high school achievement.
- Extension or elaboration - Homework reinforces classroom instruction.
Homework has five general benefits for students:
- Allows students time to absorb the lessons (knowledge, skills, etc.) learned in school – retention of knowledge and increased understanding
- Helps build stronger critical thinking skills
- Helps prepare students for larger tests (domain, EOG, etc.)
- Helps develop responsibility – study habits and time management 5. Shows parents how students are being taught and how best to help them
Amount of Homework:
Grade Level Amount of Homework (excludes nightly reading)
K-1 15 – 30 minutes
2-3 30 – 45 minutes
4-5 45 minutes – 1 hour
Middle School 30 minutes per academic subject
High School 30 minutes per academic subject
Advanced Placement Approx. 1 hour per subject.
- The homework amounts are predicated on students working on the assignment(s) full time and not playing around during the homework period. (Such as getting a snack, watching TV, getting up and down from the table, etc.)
- There is no prescribed number of homework assignments per week or per grading period.
Type of Homework:
- The vast majority of homework assignments should be designed as practice and reinforcement of concepts and skills that were taught in class. (Advanced Placement and higher level courses are an exception.)
- The best homework tasks / assignments exhibit four general characteristics:
- Has a clear academic purpose. (practice, checking for understanding, applying knowledge, or applying skills)
- Efficiently demonstrates student learning.
- Is relevant to the course and the curriculum.
- Is reasonably able to be completed without help.
- Homework has to be assessed in some way in order for it to be effective. Educational feedback is a crucial component of the learning process and homework is no different in that regard.
- It is appropriate to grade based on effort or participation – depending on the intent of the assignment. Teachers will use their professional judgment in this regard.
- Students should be held to levels of accountability that are appropriate for their grade level. • Teachers should clarify to students how each homework assignment will be graded or assessed.
Impact on Student Grades:
- Homework should not make up a very large percentage of a student’s overall grade.
- K-5 = 5%
- 6-9 = 10%
- Late homework is a tricky issue to deal with and requires the school to walk a very fine line.
- Though teachers have a contingeny for late homework, there comes a point when it has been too long and a student will not earn credit for turning in an assignment that is over a week late (without some serious mitigating circumstances).