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Student Handbook 2016-2017

HOMEWORK PHILOSOPHY The purpose of homework is to provide time for each student to review essential skills and information taught during class time. Homework also teaches students important study habits including organization, time management, and practice. The school has stated guidelines for the amount of time students at each grade level should spend on homework, four days a week. The times given below are for the average student. Some students may need more than the allotted time to complete assignments and others may require less time. Homework is an opportunity for students to: A) prepare for new topics, B) practice skills, C) elaborate on introduced material, and D) show progress towards mastering GCS and California Common Core Standards. Homework affords the teacher an opportunity to determine if students have mastered the subject being taught; it affords the students an opportunity to test their understanding of the material taught. GCS encourages the assignment of homework and expects the work to be done by the students. Homework is used by teachers as part of the evaluation of students’ academic progress and would like parents to be informed and aware of this policy below to be enforced. THE GUIDANCE CHARTER SCHOOL HOMEWORK POLICY K-12 Homework is the time students spend outside the classroom on assigned activities to practice, reinforce, or apply acquired skills and knowledge. The following Homework Guideline is taken from the Charter of The Guidance Charter School. Homework assignments shall reflect all major areas of course curriculum throughout the academic year and shall be meaningful, high quality tasks. Students may be given homework four (4) nights a week for core subjects, except on Friday or before a holiday except as needed for extenuating circumstances or extra credit. Additional time has been allotted for reading enrichment. The minimum time allotment is as follows: Kinder and first 30 minutes Second and third 1 hour Fourth and Fifth 1.5 hours Sixth through Eighth 2.hours Nine through Twelve 3 hours Students may be given long-term assignments. These assignments may include science projects, preparation of an oral presentation or research paper. Assignments may make it necessary for students to work on weekends and holidays. Students and teachers should have a clear understanding of the purpose and procedures for successfully completing long-term homework assignments. Students are not required to work beyond the maximum suggested time limits. HOMEWORK RESPONSIBILITIES Homework is an opportunity for students to show their capabilities and to further their educational growth. Teachers can provide assignments, parents/guardians can provide good study conditions and encouragements, but it is the student who must do the work. Students will:  Accurately record homework assignments including instructions  Ask questions when necessary to clarify assignments  Plan time for completing assignments at intended depth  Complete required hours of homework each night (additional time with AP classes)  Turn in neat, accurate, and meaningful products on time  Request and complete homework assigned while absent 16


Student Handbook 2016-2017
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