Homework is essential for academic success both for the rigorous Joseph Sears School curriculum and to develop academic and study skills necessary for success in high school and beyond. Joseph Sears School students, families, faculty and administrators share the responsibility for students maximizing the benefits of assigned homework while still maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Research indicates a clear correlation between homework completion and academic success. Research also indicates detrimental and counter-productive effects of too much homework, both on students’ stress levels and academic performance.
Joseph Sears School faculty and administrators are committed to providing students with the best opportunities for growth and success in school by assigning meaningful and purposeful homework. Purposes for homework include: practicing and reinforcing material previously studied in class, introduction of new material, extending previously learned skills to new situations and contexts, and producing original work such as book reports, science projects, and creative writing.
Faculty and administrators continue to evaluate and improve the school’s homework policy and the way in which this information is communicated to both students and families. Thee following allotted homework timelines are designed to serve as a guideline to enhance student learning without adding additional pressure to afterschool and family life:
|1||20 minutes||Spelling, math and independent reading|
|2||20-30 minutes||Spelling, math facts and independent reading. Long-term projects as assigned with advance notice|
|3||30-40 minutes||1 or 2 subjects. Dallying independent reading for 20 minutes and math facts for 5 minutes. Long-term projects as assigned with advance notice.|
|4||40-50 minutes||Subjects may vary. Daily reading. Long-term projects as assigned with advance notice.|
|5||45-60 minutes||Subjects may vary. Daily reading. Long-term projects as assigned with advance notice.|
Junior High Weekly Homework Guidelines
|Subject||Grade 6||Grade 7||Grade 8|
|Math||115 minutes||150 minutes||180 minutes|
|Science||60 minutes||70 minutes||85 minutes|
|Literature||110 minutes||120 minutes||140 minutes|
|Language Arts||110 minutes||120 minutes||140 minutes|
|Social Science||60 minutes||80 minutes||120 minutes|
|World Language||40 minutes||60 minutes||85 minutes|
|Total minutes per week||495 minutes||600 minutes||750 minutes|