The foundation of the High Schools That Work (HSTW) philosophy is based upon the belief that improving the rigor and relevance of the curriculum and improving relationships will increase student achievement and promote citizenship. In order to achieve these goals, Buford High School is requiring homework across the curriculum.
Homework is defined as any assignment that is completed during non-classroom time. These assignments should introduce, reinforce, extend and/or enrich class work. Homework is a necessary extension of the school day and an important part of a student's educational experience. Homework encourages self-discipline, positive self-esteem and an interest in learning. Homework also promotes the Buford High School-Home-Community relationship, as parents, teachers and community supporters are involved with students in completing assignments.
- Strengthen skills already taught
- Extend learning time
- Provide enrichment opportunities
- Promote creativity, responsibility, and independence
- Develop good work and study habits
Types of Homework:
- Preparation homework - given to prepare students for upcoming lessons.
- Practice - given to reinforce lessons already taught.
- Enrichment – given to provide challenging learning opportunities for extension and enrichment of the lesson.
Parent(s)’ /Guardian(s)' Responsibilities:
- Provide a suitable study atmosphere that is quiet, well lighted and periodically supervised.
- Emphasize the value and importance of homework.
- Support the school in its efforts to emphasize the importance of homework.
- Encourage and praise students as they complete homework assignments.
- Expect daily assignments and check to make sure that students are completing them.
- Insist on adherence to deadlines. (Review progress on long-term assignments).
- Show interest in the homework but do not do the work for the students.
- Maintain the home/school connection via calls, emails and conferences.
- Encourage reading for pleasure as well as above and beyond regular homework assignments.
- Complete homework assignments to the best of their ability. Assignments should be neat and on time.
- Request help with homework, when needed.
- Assign a minimum of one homework assessment per week (minimum of four homework grades per grading period) with feedback given to students. (Assignments can be graded for accuracy and/or effort)
- Return homework to students in a timely manner.
- Do not assign homework as "punishment".
Expected Time Ranges:
Expect one-half hour (30 minutes) of homework per class each night. This is not meant to be a minimum or maximum. Individual students will need varying amounts of time to complete assignments. The complexity of honors level work may require additional time as well as summer assignments.
Expectations/or courses that do not typically assign homework: (Fine Arts, Physical Education, Vocational Education, ROTC, Special Education*, Health, Driver's Education)
Assign a minimum of two assignments/projects per semester in which students are required to do research, presentations and/or writing. These assignments should be graded and included in the overall average that the student receives for that class grade.
*Assignments are dictated by IEP requirements.