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Bala Cynwyd Middle School



Students, parents and teachers generally believe homework to be helpful. The terms listed below describe types of and purpose for homework. The purpose of their homework within this framework should be made clear to students.

Type Purpose
PRACTICE help students master skills presented in class.
PREPARATION help students gain maximum benefit from future lessons.
EXTENSION determine whether students can transfer specific skills or concepts to new situations.
CREATIVITY require students to integrate many skills and concepts in order to produce original responses.

Homework can play an important role in the academic experience of each student in the middle school. While a teacher is responsible for defining the specific role such study will play in a given student’s education, the student and his/her parents must also assume their responsibilities. Cooperation and communication between the home and the school are essential if educational assignments are to make a significant contribution to a student’s total educational experience.

Formal homework assignments should require from an average of 10 to 15 minutes per academic subject in 6th grade, 15 to 20 minutes in 7th grade and 20 to 25 minutes per academic subject in 8th grade.