Marion Law Academy offers rigorous programming for students Pre K-8th Grades
Kindergarten thru 8th Grade Core Classes
- English/Language Arts
- Social Studies
Our Pre-K program utiliizes a Nationally recognized high-scope curriculum.
To prepare our students for the rigors of college and the workforce and meet the standards set forth by the state, we have structured the curriculum to best distribute the learning goals over the course of the year. Since course topics build upon each other, it is important for students to meet deadlines and turn in assignments and projects on time in order to stay on track for promotion. It is, however, our goal to help all students meet the standards over the course of the year while recognizing that we must cultivate specific habits of mind by demonstrating flexibility in working with each student. In keeping with the goal of developing good study habits, students are responsible for their own learning and for obtaining from their teachers and making up missed assignments/work.
To increase student accountability and higher expectations, we will work towards helping students develop habits of persistence, management of impulsivity and internal motivation for accuracy. During this process, students will work on the development of study skills and attributes necessary to achieve this goal. In essence, this is the purpose of homework for Marion Law Academy.
Homework is for home. And, no homework, projects, and assignments should be given that require parents to complete the task. Homework should require the purchase of materials that would cause disadvantage to students based on parent's socio-economic status.
High Quality Homework Assignments
Teachers should design quality homework tasks that are connected to classroom learning. The purpose of the homework should be clearly communicated to the student.
- Practice – Student should be able to do the work independently because the skill has already been taught and modeled in the classroom;
- Preparation – Examples include reading the next chapter, looking up new vocabulary words for the next book/chapter/unit of study. These assignments introduce new concepts that will then be discussed and expanded on in class;
- Extension and Integration Homework – This work encourages higher order thinking as students apply established skills to new situations. In some cases, this could be cross-curricular. These assignments, that include a review of materials from previous assignments along with a preview of new concepts and procedures, better facilitate student learning; and
Review/ Study homework – Be sure to include studying and reviewing as part of the allotted homework time. Help students to study more effectively with study guides and practices for review before a test/quiz.
The purpose of homework is to increase student learning. It is a direct link to increasing engagement in learning and improving student achievement.
- Teachers assign homework judiciously, deliberately, and moderately to build on student skills and knowledge.
- Homework should be relevant and purposeful to instruction.
- Homework results are used to influence instructional decisions.
- Incomplete work will become homework in the event that a student has not finished a project or assignment throughout the school day or has been absent from school.
Time Limits for Completion in Grades Kindergarten through Eighth
In Grades K-5, homework shall not exceed the following District established time thresholds:
- Kindergarten: ten (10) minutes for all homework each night.
- Grade 1: twenty (20) to thirty (30) minutes for all homework each night
- Grade 2: thirty (30) minutes for all homework each night;
- Grade 3: thirty (30) to forty-five (45) minutes for all homework each night;
- Grade 4: forty-five (45) to sixty (60) minutes for all homework each night; and
- Grade 5: forty-five (45) to sixty (60) minutes for all homework each night.
In Grades 6-8, homework shall not exceed the following District established time thresholds:
- Grade 6: sixty (60) minutes total for all homework each night;
- Grade 7: seventy-five (75) minutes total for all homework each night;
- Grade 8: ninety (90) minutes total for all homework each night; and
- In grades 6-8, homework should not be weighted more than ten percent (10%) of a student’s quarter grade.
All homework is due at the beginning of the class on the specified due date. It is the student’s responsibility to complete missed material and homework assignments. It is the teacher’s responsibility to provide this to the student in a timely manner (within 24 hours). If the parent/student advocate provides at least 24-hour notice of an upcoming absence, the teacher will provide material. In cases of suspension, when the student returns, the student must be issued missed work and the teacher has 24 hours to respond.