1. Philosophy and Guidelines:
    1. Students often need some amount of extra practice in specific, new concepts, skills, or facts. In certain subjects (e.g. math or languages), there is not enough time in a school day to do as much practice as may be necessary for mastery. Therefore, after reasonable in-class time is spent on the material, the teacher may assign homework to allow for the necessary practice.
    2. Repeated, short periods of practice or study of new information is often a better way to learn than one long study period.
    3. Since Calvary Christian Academy recognizes that parental involvement is critical to a child’s education, homework can be used as an opportunity for parents to actively assist their child in his studies.
    4. Homework may also be assigned to students who, having been given adequate time to complete an assignment in class, did not use the time wisely. The homework, in this situation, serves a corrective, as well as practical purpose.
    5. Normally, homework will not be assigned over the weekend or over holidays and vacations.
    6. Homework assignments are due at the beginning of the period.
    7. For each day an assignment is late, the grade is reduced by 10%. Assignments may not be turned in for credit more than two days past the due date unless the student was absent (Secondary).
    8. Many college professors do not allow late work. In order to prepare our seniors for college, they are required to turn all projects and papers in on time regardless of illness. This means that they may need to send or email work to their teachers on sick days.
    9. Should a student be absent on the day an assignment is assigned or due, the teacher may give a reasonable extension for the assignment to be completed. The extension will not exceed the number of school days missed during the absence. It is the student’s responsibility to find out what work was assigned. In the case of extended illness, it is recommended that the parents contact the teachers directly in order to find out what assignments were missed.
    10. If a student misses part of a day due to a planned event (departing for an away game, dentist appointment, etc.), all homework is due that day and should be turned into his teacher’s box before departure.
  2. Amount of Homework: Since homework, by its nature, takes time at home, it is not to be assigned due to the teacher’s poor planning or in place of an assignment which could have been completed in school. The necessity for doing homework will vary from grade to grade and even from student to student. The guide below should be regarded as approximate times, not as required minimum times.

GRADE  – APPROXIMATE HOMEWORK (average per night)

      •  K  – 10 minutes (infrequently)
      • 1st – 15 minutes
      • 2nd – 30 minutes
      • 3rd – 5th 45 minutes
      • 6th – 8th 1 hour
      • 9th – 12th 1½ hours—2 hours

Notes:

      • Students who are new to the school and/or are “catching up” in their studies may need to invest more time as they transition into the school.
      • There is no guarantee that a child will get “A’s” if he studies for the average amount of time. Parents who want to invest Herculean amounts of time in order to achieve high grades can do their child a disservice.

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