Grading and Homework Philosophy

Because so much of a child's development and learning take 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.

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 grade which may include reading, researching, working on projects, and doing general academic subject work in French, spelling, and math. 

Students who choose to do private lessons or an independant 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.