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    Homework

    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:

    1. Practice - Students need to practice what they learn on their own time, at their own pace.
    2. 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.
    3. Study - Homework has a causal effect on high school achievement.
    4. Extension or elaboration - Homework reinforces classroom instruction.

    Homework has five general benefits for students:

    1. Allows students time to absorb the lessons (knowledge, skills, etc.) learned in school – retention of knowledge and increased understanding
    2. Helps build stronger critical thinking skills
    3. Helps prepare students for larger tests (domain, EOG, etc.)
    4. 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.

    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:
      1. Has a clear academic purpose. (practice, checking for understanding, applying knowledge, or applying skills)  
      2. Efficiently demonstrates student learning.
      3. Is relevant to the course and the curriculum.
      4. Is reasonably able to be completed without help.