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At Lawrence School, we recognize homework as a necessary part of our student’s educational experience—teachers must be able to assess, through homework, a student’s understanding of material.

But, we also recognize that for students with learning differences, hours upon hours of daily homework can be damaging—adversely affecting their home life in multiple and unexpected ways. We believe that when thoughtfully designed, homework promotes responsibility and a healthy home-school connection. Further, we believe that consistent, successful completion of homework enhances a student’s learning experience and helps to strengthen executive function and life skills.

Our school-wide, research-based homework philosophy states that only previously mastered material can be assigned as homework. Students in grades 7–12 should be able to complete it independently in a reasonable amount of time.


The Purpose of Homework

  • Assist students in building academic confidence by allowing them to experience success, while also becoming aware of their limits
  • Facilitate the capacity for students to demonstrate a sophisticated level of metacognition—their ability to think about their own thinking
  • Reinforce critical concepts taught in the classroom through independent practice
  • Continue to build and enhance a partnership between home and school
  • Allow the teacher to have an increased level of awareness of student strengths and weaknesses, thereby guiding personalized instruction
  • Improve executive function skills—the ability to organize, plan and manage time
  • Provide opportunities for students to demonstrate application of knowledge and skills in a variety of settings

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