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Homework Policy

Hamilton Homework Policy

Homework serves many important purposes.  It reinforces academic skills, teaches research skills, and helps students learn to develop ideas and become life-long learners.
Homework is the responsibility of the student; students need to develop regular study habits and do most of the work independently.  At times, long-term assignments may require the assistance of the parent.
According to PUSD Board Policy, students in grades 1-3 are expected to spend an average of 30 minutes a day on homework.  Students in grades 4-5 should average 45 minutes a day on homework, four to five days a week.  Homework in kindergarten is designed to stimulate discussion between students and parents.
Hamilton’s homework plan for our students has been developed after extensive research:


Read for 15 minutes daily.
Complete simple assignments and projects
First – Third Grades

Read for 20 minutes daily
Complete simple assignments including decodable books, high frequency word practice, math facts, journal writing, unfinished work, etc.
Do math homework
Work on long-term projects
Fourth – Fifth Grades

Read for 30 minute daily
Do a 15-minute journal entry and/or writing assignment
Complete any math, science, reading, or social studies assignments or projects not finished in class
Work on long-term projects