high school homework procedures and practices
HIGH SCHOOL HOMEWORK
PROCEDURES AND PRACTICES
IMPORTANT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL TELEPHONE
HOMEWORK HOTLINE: 386-4235
GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT: 382-1251
The High School teaching administration and staff considers the
practice of homework as one of the vital means by which students can
better learn the required material in each curriculum area. The
prime responsibility of homework belongs to the students themselves.
The teachers, parents, and administrators also play an integral role
in a successful homework experience. The need for active
communication is essential throughout the homework process.
PURPOSE OF HOMEWORK
At the high school level, the purposes of homework include:
• Practice/Review – to reinforce and/or master basic skills already
presented in class
• Preparation – to introduce material to be presented in future
• Extension – to provide students with opportunities to transfer
specific skills or concepts to new situations
• Application – to enable students to connect skills and concepts to
TYPES OF HOMEWORK
Types of homework include, but are not limited to:
• Nightly assignments for practice or review of class work
• Review for tests or exams
• Research activities
• Reading and/or writing assignments
• Projects – individual and group activities
• Students are expected to complete homework by the assigned due
• If a student is absent from school due to illness or another legal
reason, the student is expected to complete the assignment according
to teacher guidelines.
• Homework assigned over weekends or extended vacations should not
represent more work than a non-weekend or vacation period.
• Assignments requiring computer time will be extended to a minimum
of three days so that all students are able to access a computer.
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
The responsibilities expected of the teacher, student, parent, and
administrators are outlined below. Although this is a rather
comprehensive list, it is not intended to be all-inclusive.
At the High School level, the teacher has autonomy to assign
homework to their students based on what they believe will best
assist the students in their educational program. The wide range of
courses offered, the various levels of courses, and the diversified
curricula are the reasons for this autonomy.
There are, however, certain procedures that all teachers, regardless
of curriculum area, are expected to adhere to concerning homework.
These include the following items:
1 – Each teacher will distribute to every student a written homework
guideline at the beginning of each course. This guideline is to be
reviewed by the student and parent, signed and returned to the
teacher. The teacher’s guideline includes, but is not limited to,
the following information:
• A description of the various types of homework assignments a
student might expect during the course.
• The teacher will give the date each assignment is due.
• The methods in which assignments will be given to the students.
• The average amount of time a student might need to complete the
different types of assignments.
• The procedure for turning in assignments late, including any
• The grading weight and expected length of various written
• The expected format of the assignment, e.g., medium to use,
material, bibliography required, research style, etc.
• A copy of this guideline will be kept in the main office.
2 – The homework guidelines will be shared with parents at Meet the
3 – Teachers are to turn in homework guidelines to their department
supervisors at the beginning of each course for review and feedback.
4 – Long Range Assignments need to be communicated to faculty. The
following procedures are established:
• A master board will be kept in a central location to highlight
• Teachers will post due dates on the master board during the last
week of the quarter, before the assignment is given. Assignments to
be given at the start of the 1st quarter, or start of the year, need
to be posted by the opening day.
At the High School level, students are expected to understand the
importance of homework, and are responsible to comply with each
The student will –
• Read/review each teacher’s guideline on homework.
• Sign the homework guideline and return it to the teacher as
• Contact Homework Hotline as soon as an absence of two or more days
• Take responsibility for getting all assignments, whether they are
in class or not.
• Make every effort to complete each homework assignment to the best
of his/her ability.
• Seek help from the teacher if he/she does not understand an
assignment or has difficulty completing homework.
• Stay after school upon request and/or when necessary to work on
assignments with the teacher.
• Present a written explanation to the teacher when circumstances
beyond his/her control prevent timely return of an assignment; this
explanation will be signed by the parent/guardian.
• Complete assigned work. Homework is the responsibility of the
student, not the parent, sibling, or other party. Homework is
"practice" and the benefits of doing it well will be reaped at
• Make up missed assignments as indicated on each teacher’s
• Record homework as it is assigned.
• Read and follow the policy against plagiarism as stated in the
Code of Conduct.
Parents play a valuable role in the homework process. Their
communication, guidance, and support of their son/daughter in the
homework process are essential if the value of good homework
practice is to be realized.
The parent should -
• Review with their son/daughter each teacher’s homework guideline
at the beginning of each course, sign it, and have their
son/daughter return it as requested.
• Encourage good homework practice. Assist them in organizing their
commitments, and try to establish a definitive time and place to do
• Assist with homework when necessary, not initially. Let the
son/daughter know that assistance is available if requested, after
they have attempted to do it on their own.
• Help provide a quiet area that would be conducive to doing
• Communicate to teachers when the parent feels the homework might
be too difficult or too much or cannot be completed due to
extenuating circumstances. Be willing to discuss this openly with
the teacher and the son/daughter.
• Encourage the students to seek help, or contact the teacher
directly when the student is having difficulty.
Administrative Responsibilities (Principal,
For homework to be considered an important means to success in all
curricula, administrators need to be involved in the process. They
are the educational leaders. Their leadership, support, and
encouragement will assist all parties in the pursuit of good
The administrators will –
• Review and monitor all teachers’ homework guidelines, and make
appropriate recommendations to teachers before the guidelines are
communicated to the students.
• Place homework on the agenda at least once a year at their
department meetings. This is for the purpose of exchanging ideas and
giving each other feedback and information.
• Assist in the dissemination of the High School Homework Procedure
• Review homework procedures and practices periodically at faculty
and supervisor meetings.