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High School After School Homework Support (ASHS)

August 18, 2017--At ISD we believe that regular homework is an important vehicle to further student learning of the core curriculum, as well as develop necessary skills and dispositions that will foster independent learners.  

Homework is defined as out-of-class tasks assigned to students to extend, continue or elaborate upon previous classroom work, or to prepare for future classroom work.  Homework encompasses all school work or activities that students are required to complete outside of the normal school day.


Homework is given for the following purposes:

  • To develop a range of skills in identifying and using information resources;

  • To establish habits of study, concentration and self-discipline which will serve students for the rest of their lives;

  • To practice of key skills;

  • To revise and consolidate new concepts, and/or

  • To provide parents and caregivers with insights into what is being taught in the classroom and the progress of their children.

Homework that enhances student learning:

  • is purposeful and relevant to students' needs;

  • is suitable, varied and at an appropriate level considering the age, stage of schooling and capabilities of students;

  • develops the student’s independence as a learner;

  • is varied, challenging and clearly related to class work;

  • makes connections to values and involves the use of the child's mother tongue language, and

  • leads purposefully into and is balanced with summative assessment tasks.

Homework is not:

  • Tasks that require significant parental involvement for success;

  • Work for which a child has not yet developed the skills needed to complete;

  • Excessive practice of an isolated skill;

  • Any activity that has no link to the curriculum or students’ individual inquiry, nor

  • Busy work.


ASHS is intended to provide students with same-day accountability for incomplete work, and provide an opportunity for students to stay on top of their assignments. Further, it provides students an opportunity to take immediate responsibility for their actions.

ASHS will take precedence over any ASA’s the student may have that day. Participation on WAISAL teams may be impacted for students who consistently miss practices/activities due to being assigned to ASHS.

Teachers' responsibilities

  • Plan in collaboration with other teachers in order to ensure the amount of daily homework guidelines are respected

  • Set homework that is

  • clear and academically purposeful

  • Within the developmental, intellectual, and skill capabilities of the students

  • Have a system for recording and tracking homework

  • Assist students with their ability to organize themselves

  • Assign all students who do not complete homework to ASHS

Parents’ role in homework

Parents and caregivers can help their children by:

  • Establishing regular routines for completing homework

  • Designating time and a quiet study space in the home

  • Encouraging their child to proactively communicate with teachers when there is a concern

  • Talking to their child often about homework, demonstrating interest in helping them with the ability to inquire, interact and accept constructive criticism

  • Monitoring organization and daily list of assignments by checking the planner

Students’ responsibilities

  • Students take responsibility for their own learning by:

  • Tracking homework assignments in writing or electronically

  • Organizing time appropriately to manage workload

  • Communicating with teachers proactively when questions or issues arise

  • Completing homework on time and according to teacher specifications

  • Keeping an organized binder, notebook, and/or folder

  • Completing own work as independently as possible. It should be evident that the work is done by the student.

  • Coming to class prepared

If you have any questions, please contact me at your convenience.

Lorne Bird, Secondary School Principal

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