Bonsall High School acknowledges that competitive college applicants are well-rounded. Students take rigorous academic classes, they participate in sports and clubs, they serve meaningfully in their community through service, and contribute to their families. Additionally, at BHS, students complete community college courses and internships. It is our goal for BHS students to remain emotionally and physically healthy through protecting evening time for sufficient sleeping time and assigning a developmentally appropriate amount of homework.
The Center For Public Education has compiled a history of research in education which provides an interesting picture of trends in homework. Reading through this research is helpful to understand the reasoning behind the BHS homework approach, and below is a summary of two key general guiding principles that BHS teachers are committed to following:
Students should see homework as a continuation of classroom and ongoing project work rather than just a nightly routine.
Students should have an appropriate amount of homework according to what is developmentally appropriate for their age/grade level in addition to what students feel like they may have completed during class:
9th graders should be working on approximately 3-5 assignments a week total, each lasting 45-75 minutes or 30-40 minutes an evening, depending on how a student tackles project work and timelines.
10-12 grade students, depending on their academic load, internships, and community college work, should be working on 4-5 assignments a week, each lasting 75-120 minutes, or closer to an hour an evening depending on how a student tackles project work and timelines.
Important notes to parents and students about how BHS students view homework
Students may not think of their homework as “homework” as much as ongoing project work and classwork. Parents should ask their student about classwork and whether there are unfinished tasks or project benchmarks that should be done for homework. Students who state they do not have homework may need to be reminded about upcoming deadlines for projects.
- Students may periodically face “crunch times” close to project deadlines and while teachers work to prevent these moments as much as possible, it is not uncommon for teenagers (or adults) to feel pressured around project deadlines. BHS is committed to help students practice managing projects so that by the time they reach adulthood they will develop skills to manage their time in college and/or their chosen career pathway.