Grading and Homework Philosophy

Throughout elementary and middle school there will be two parent teacher conferences. Once in middle school, students will receive grades/transcripts.

Because so much of a child's development and learning takes place outside of the academic classroom in his/her relationships with family, friends, neighbors, the community, and the natural world, we have a no academic homework policy in the early elementary school years K-2, except for reading, and a no letter grade policy throughout elementary school K-5.  

Parents are asked to read to their children regularly.  Reading is sent home for the school wide or class literature program.  This should take 15-20 minutes per night. 

Students are asked, however, to prepare for school assemblies and performances.  

Students may be asked to read at home starting in second grade and students who miss school due to illness or vacation will be asked to do homework, if needed, in order to catch up. 

Homework will be introduced in third or fourth grade, depending on the discretion of the teacher.  This homework may include reading, researching, working on projects, and doing general academic subject work in French, Spanish, spelling, and math.  From 3rd - 5th grades, homework is still minimal.

In preparation for high school admittance and success, 6th - 8th grade students will receive grades for a transcript.  At this point there will be regular homework across the classes.

High School students are welcome to enroll in our high school level languages, science in German, and Algebra I classes as well as private English composition class.

Students who choose to do private lessons or an independent study with an advisor will be expected to do practice or work at home, as meetings with the instructor will be only once or twice per week.