Grading and Homework Philosophy

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

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, and a no letter grade policy throughout elementary school K-5.  There may be occasional optional homework assignments or parents may be asked to read to a child on occasion.

Students will be asked, however, to prepare for school assemblies and performances and to participate in the school wide family literature program.  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 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.

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.