Homework is an essential component of schooling at NIS.
Middle and High School
In grades 6-12, the expectation is that students will manage their time effectively and ask for help as they need it. Once given an assignment with a due date, the expectation is to spread the workload over the time allotted for the task, as to not have an overwhelming load on one particular day, particularly the day before an assessment or before the assignment is due.
As students in grades 6-8 need more guidance towards this independent and consistent behavior, they have a scheduled homeroom period once a week and are expected to use the time to complete homework and other assignments as well as seek help from their homeroom teacher to aid in adopting such learning behaviors that will propel them now and in the future.
All students in grades 9-12 to have this opportunity as they have two study hall periods during the week, giving them the time to complete homework, do research, and review.
Further, studies in neuroplasticity show that all of our behaviors change our brain, and these changes are not limited by age. One of these changes is structural and supports learning (i.e. long-term memory). We believe in students practicing skills, making connections, and applying their understanding. As each student is different, each will complete their assignments at a different rate. Regardless, if there is a feeling that an excessive amount of time is being spent on homework daily in a course, the teacher needs to be contacted immediately to discuss the learning behaviors of the student as well as other factual information about the course (e.g. time allotted for various assignments). This communication will allow for insights to be shared that will provide clarity and allow the school and family to best support the child. As the students’ wellbeing is important to us, let us work together to ensure that academic rigor stays in place while maintaining our commitment to meeting the individual needs of all students.”