Homework is used to amplify and reinforce classroom instruction, not replace it. Homework also develops individual study habits; promotes responsibility and organization; and encourages inquiring minds. The school organizes homework schedules so students may attend Wednesday evening prayer meeting. Because plans must sometimes change, Wednesday homework may occasionally be required.
Teachers manage late or unfinished assignments at their discretion. Teachers will notify the Headmaster and parents when late or incomplete work becomes a pattern. Assignments and due dates will be clear and specific. Students in all grades are encouraged to use assignment books. At the beginning of the year teachers will give instructions for handling emergencies that legitimately prevent students from completing assignments on time (i.e. note from home, request to work at recess, etc.).
Young children learn best under careful guidance by teachers and parents. Little, if any, homework is given up through grade two. However, parents are important influences when learning to read, spell, count, and do simple arithmetic. So we encourage parents to work on these skills at home, and to be involved with homework, when it’s assigned.
Third and fourth grade assignments should not exceed 1/2 to 1-1/2 hours per evening. Fifth and sixth grade assignments should not exceed 1 to 1-1/2 hours per evening. Seventh and Eighth grade assignments should not exceed two hours. In addition to regular homework, students may be assigned long-term projects or research papers.
Homework is rarely given over weekends, other than standing assignments for Bible and Catechism memorization. We discourage students from doing homework on the Lord’s Day. We encourage Sunday afternoon to be used for Bible memorization or study, and prayer. We also encourage attendance at prayer meetings.
Make Up Work
If a student is absent, parents should contact the teacher about missed assignments. In the case of illness, the teacher must determine which assignments must be completed and which may be waived.
A student who has been absent is responsible to make arrangements with his teachers to make up tests, papers, homework, and other work. For excused absences, length of time for making up this work shall be at the discretion of teachers or the Headmaster. When possible, work should be completed within the marking period.
The memory work consists of Scripture verses and catechisms. In most cases the Scripture is that from which the catechism answer is derived. It is expected that parents will review the past memory work with the child in the home.