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Homework Guidelines

Brooklin High School Homework Guidelines are available in pdf by clicking here.


The following is written in conjunction with Durham District School Board Procedure #6020 Homework Guidelines and serves as a guideline for Homework and Brooklin High School.


Homework serves the following purposes:

    • Gives each student the opportunity to develop important skills, knowledge, attitudes, and values; 
    • Meets the needs of individual students and has a clear academic purpose; 
    • Enhances, extends and supports learning through related out-of-school activities; 
    • Provides positive, rather than punitive, experiences for students, maximizing potential for student success;
    • Encourages development of self-discipline, good work habits, and positive attitudes towards independent study and lifelong learning; 
    • enables parents/guardians to see for themselves what their children are learning at school; 
    • Invites the participation of parents/guardians as partners in learning.


Types of homework provided by teachers for students may include: 

    1. Completion: Students may need to keep up to date with school work by finishing assignments, notes, questions, reading selections, and/or writing pieces. 
    2. Preparation: Students may need to prepare for the next day’s class work by collecting information, reading background material, viewing files and/or studying for assessments. 
    3. Practice and Application: Students may need to review subject specific skills and potentially transfer these skills to new situations. For example, independent reading, reviewing spelling words and mathematical computations, rewriting assignments after feedback is provided, and completing extra questions in a textbook. 
    4. Extension and Enrichment: Students may require experiences to deepen understanding, solve problems and critically analyze situations all related to course expectations. For example, working on projects, research and independent study and creating designs, stories and drama scenes.


In order for homework to be an effective extension of the school program, teachers, parents and students share the responsibility for developing and maintaining good homework practices.

The teacher should:

    • assist students to learn how to effectively organize and manage skills; 
    • provide homework that is clear, meaningful, purposeful, and understood; 
    • monitor, check, or evaluate homework, as appropriate; 
    • report on homework completion in the Learning Skills section of the Provincial Report Card; 
    • assign work that is appropriate to the student’s age, grade, learning style, skills, and individual needs; 
    • use homework as a vehicle for developing and reinforcing learning.

The parent should:

    • provide encouragement and appropriate support, without doing the homework for the student; 
    • expect the student to complete homework regularly; 
    • provide a workplace and uninterrupted time in the home for completion of homework; 
    • show interest in the student’s school work and progress; 
    • maintain regular contact with the student’s teacher, as required.

The student should:

    • ensure that they clearly understand the homework, including the criteria and time lines; 
    • ask for assistance if homework expectations are not clear; 
    • complete homework regularly; 
    • use the student agenda and/or other tools to manage time and keep organized; 
    • submit homework in on time; 
    • prepare and study appropriately for assessments; 
    • communicate regularly with teachers and parents; 
    • assume responsibility for homework completion.


The amount of time a student spends on homework depends on a number of factors, including the student’s needs, age/grade, work habits and the specific subject and its difficulty for the student. Other factors involve the proximity of assessments and due dates, as well as the opportunities the student has during the school day to complete homework. It should be noted that times will vary from student to student and at various times within the school year. It is suggested for secondary students one to two hours per night should serve as a guideline, keeping in mind the above factors.