High School Homework Policies & Procedures

Statement on Homework

The High School staff and teaching administration consider homework to be a vital way for students to learn each subject. Students are responsible for their homework. Teachers, parents, administrators, and other staff also play a vital role in the success of homework. Throughout the homework process, active communication is crucial.

Homework’s purpose

The purposes of homework at high school include:

  • Review/Practice – To reinforce or master the basic skills taught in class
  • Preparation – To introduce material that will be used in future lessons
  • Extension – To give students the opportunity to transfer skills or concepts into new situations
  • Application – To enable students to apply skills and concepts in new situations

Different types of homework

There are many types of homework, including but not limited to:

  • Assignments for review or practice of class work at night
  • Exam review
  • Research activities
  • Assignments that require reading and/or writing
  • Individual and group projects

Time guidelines

  • Students must complete their homework by the due date.
  • Students are expected to finish assignments if they are absent for any reason (e.g. illness)
  • Homework that is assigned on weekends or extended vacations shouldn’t be more than what you would do during a normal week or vacation.
  • Computer time assignments will be extended for a minimum three days to ensure that all students have access to the computer.

Responsibilities

Below are the responsibilities of students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others. This is a comprehensive list but not meant to be exhaustive.

Responsibilities of Teachers

The teacher at the High School level has the freedom to assign homework to students based upon their learning goals. This autonomy is due to the wide variety of courses available, the different levels of courses and the diverse curricula.
However, there are certain rules that teachers must follow regarding homework, regardless of their curriculum. The following are some of these items:

  • Every teacher will give each student a written homework plan at the start of each course. The guideline must be read by both the student and the parent and signed by them. These are just a few of the information contained in the teacher’s guideline:

* This is a description of the different types of homework assignments students might be expected to complete during the course.
* Each assignment will be due by the teacher.
* Instructions for students on how to complete assignments.
* This is the average time it takes for students to complete different types of assignments.
* Penalties may apply if assignments are not turned in on time.
* Expected length and weight of written assignments.
* The expected format of your assignment (e.g. medium to use, material required, bibliography needed, research style etc.
* This guideline will be kept in our main office.

  • Parents will receive the homework guidelines at Meet the Teachers.
  • For feedback and review, teachers are required to submit homework guidelines to their department supervisors before each class begins.
  • Faculty must be notified of long-range assignments. These are the procedures:
    * To highlight long-term assignments, a master board will be placed in central place.
    * Teachers will place due dates on the masterboard during the last week before an assignment is given. Assignments that are due at the beginning of the first quarter or the beginning of the year must be posted by the first day.

Student Responsibilities

Students at the High School level are expected to comprehend the importance homework and to follow each teacher’s instructions.
The student will:

  • Review the guidelines of each teacher regarding homework.
  • As instructed, sign the homework guideline and return the document to the teacher.
  • Call the Homework Hotline immediately if you suspect that your child is absent for more than two days.
  • All assignments must be completed by you, regardless of whether they are in class.
  • Do your best to complete every homework assignment.
  • If the teacher is unable to understand an assignment or has trouble with homework, ask for help.
  • You can stay after school on request, and/or work with your teacher when it is necessary.
  • If circumstances beyond the control of the teacher prevent the timely return or modification of an assignment, the parent/guardian will need to provide a written explanation.
  • Completion of assigned work. The student is responsible for their homework, and not the sibling, parent or other person. Homework is practice, and you will reap the rewards of it being done well at assessment time.
  • As per the teacher’s guidelines, make up any missed assignments.
  • As soon as homework is given, record it.
  • Follow the Code of Conduct’s policy against plagiarism.

Parental Responsibilities

The homework process is a crucial part of the parenting role. If you want to see the benefits of good homework practice, parents must communicate, guide, and support your child.
The parent should:

  • Discuss with their child/daughter the homework guidelines of each teacher at the start of each course. Sign it and then have your child/daughter return it as required.
  • Encourage homework practice. Assist them with organizing their commitments and establishing a time and place for homework.
  • Help with homework when needed, but not at the beginning. After they have tried to complete the task on their own, let them know that you are available for assistance if needed.
  • Provide a quiet place that is conducive for homework.
  • If a parent feels that the homework is too difficult, too long or impossible to complete due to other circumstances, communicate this to teachers. Talk about this with your son/daughter and the teacher.
  • Encourage students to seek out help or contact teachers directly if they are having difficulties.

Administrative Responsibilities (Principal, Assistant, Supervisors)

Administrators are required to participate in homework in order to make it an integral part of all curricula. They are the educational leaders. They will encourage and support all involved in the pursuit of excellent homework habits.
Administrators will –

  • Before the homework guidelines are sent to students, review and monitor them.
  • At least once per year, place homework on the agenda for department meetings. This is to exchange ideas and give each other feedback.
  • Assist with the dissemination of the High School Assignment Procedure and Practices.
  • Faculty and supervisors should review homework practices and procedures regularly.