Homework is an integral part of the school program at Ladera Vista. Students should have homework each night in all major subjects up to 120 minutes (time on task) on average a night. Those subjects include language arts, math, social science, foreign language, science and health. These minutes are on average based on appropriate program placement and work habits, including time on task and pacing long term projects:
• Honors Core: 45 minutes a day 4 days a week
• Honors Pre-Algebra: 45 minutes a day 5 days a week
• Honors Algebra I for 7th grade: 45 minutes a day 5+ days a week
• College Prep Core: 45 minutes a day 4 days a week
• College Prep Pre-Algebra: 30 minutes a day 5 days a week
• College Prep Science: 15 minutes a day 4 days a week
• Academic Electives: 15 minutes a day, 4 days a week
• Performance Electives: Practice and performance time vary based on the program and are in addition to student’s homework times listed above
It should be remembered that homework can be in many forms. Reading a book for a book report is homework. Working on questions for science or math is homework. Collecting materials for a class assignment is homework. Watching a television program and writing a critique is homework. It is important to remember, also, that homework is designed to supplement class work and to give the student the opportunity to practice and reinforce the skills learned in class.
A regular study time should be provided each day. Rarely does a student not have any homework. If your child is not consistently bringing home homework, please check with your student’s teachers. Keep in mind that your child should have the textbooks for the major subject areas at home all the time as well as some type of reading book. There is always a book report pending, and questions or reading for social science is continually required.
Please feel free to contact teachers during their daily conference period if you have questions regarding your child’s work, homework or progress. Both parents and students may also access the child’s progress through Power School by obtaining personalized passwords from the office.