SCIS Pudong Homework Policy

At times students will be required to do homework for independent practice and skills reinforcement. Homework is authentic and may be differentiated for students – both with regard to what and when. Not all students necessarily would have homework every day – this is not an equity issue, rather a learning one.

Homework will consist of assignments that were not able to be completed by the student during the school day or, at times, additional practice for skill development. It may also be assigned to elaborate on information that has been addressed in class to deepen students' knowledge, or providing opportunities for students to explore topics of their own interest. To prevent students from being over-loaded with homework the following guidelines have been developed:

Total homework time for any given night will vary. Some children will find some assignments more time-consuming than other children, and sometimes this divergence will vary according to the subject. (One child might complete math homework in less than the average time, but social studies in more than the average time.) Roughly, however:

  • Grades1-3 may have 10 to 30 minutes of homework a night
  • Grades 4-5 may have 40 to 50 minutes of homework at night

Students are expected to engage in independent reading or reading with family members for at least twenty minutes a night. This valuable time spent reading is important in the development of all students. Homework diaries are also used in Grades 1 – 5 to communicate homework/information to parents.