Our homework policy is specifically designed for gifted learners who need less repetition than typical learners. Gifted students typically master basic content within one to three repetitions and they need to be able to move on to deeper concepts within that content area. Students who need slightly more repetition may anticipate more homework to receive sufficient practice, and students who need substantially more repetition may find this program not to be a good fit for their needs because of this design.
Research indicates that gifted learners who experience too much repetition may actually lose ground, and since this program is designed to meet the needs of these gifted learners to work above-grade level, we ask parents to carefully consider the needs of their individual student before enrolling in the AcademyACL program. If your child generally needs large or frequent amounts of review to master concepts, s/he may not find AcademyACL's program to be a good fit for his/her needs.
We have the following, overall homework policy:
* 'No' Homework Policy
* No homework will be sent home unless it is meaningful and appropriate for the individual student’s needs, current level of mastery, and depth of connection to the current thematic unit. This policy emphasizes that we expect our teachers to spend their time designing and implementing high quality, differentiated lessons; that we understand that students need to experience rigorous, challenging coursework during the day and have quality family time at night; and that many students have additional hobbies and interests after-school that develop other aspects of their lives.
* If students are not using time efficiently in class according to appropriately designed expectations, they may receive classwork as homework, and parents will be notified.
The development of good work habits and time management skills is very important in the AcademyACL design. Students will be routinely expected to set and meet deadlines for work completion, and to adjust their pacing to schedules defined by teachers. By the time they reach high school, our goal is for students to be able to break down large projects into multi-step tasks and meet deadlines with excellence. They will learn how to study and review for tests. Teachers may use periodic, appropriate homework to extend assignments and/or to ensure that critical skills are mastered, and Division V teachers will work with students so that they are aware of high school expectations and grading systems.
Students will be expected to take home and return a designated assignment folder/planner every day. This planner will document class accomplishments and any homework that is assigned. Homework is designed to be occasional, meaningful, and differentiated according to individual learning goals. Different students might have different work provided.
All families are asked to make sure each student has a valid Pikes Peak Library card and access to a branch of the library system or Book Mobile on a frequent, regular basis.