We recognize homework as a necessary part of our students' educational experience. However, we also recognize that for students with learning differences, hours upon hours of daily homework can be damaging—adversely affecting their home life in many unexpected ways.
Homework at Lawrence is designed so students of all ages can balance a healthy academic career with family life and after-school activities. Our school-wide homework policy allows only previously mastered material to be assigned as homework. This way, students are able to complete it independently, and in a reasonable amount of time. Learn more about our approach on The LionShare Podcast.
We believe when thoughtfully designed, homework promotes responsibility and a healthy home-school connection. Consistent, successful completion of homework enhances a student’s learning experience and helps strengthen executive function and life skills.
How did we establish our K-12 homework policy?
Over the course of two years, Lawrence teachers and administrators discussed homework-related practices with the goal of creating a consistent school-wide philosophy and policy. The process was detailed and involved: much research into best practices, the benefits of homework, and consideration for the negative effects it can sometimes have on learning were explored. The team convened for more than a dozen small group meetings and two half-day planning sessions; they gathered input from student and teacher experience surveys; and contacted LD schools across the country. Careful thought formed our philosophy, which was embraced school wide and paved the way for a consistent K-12 policy.
Orton-Gillingham. What is it?
Our commitment to multisensory learning is rooted in decades of research on how the dyslexic mind retains new information.
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