School Committee Policy Section 9

QUINCY SCHOOL COMMITTEE POLICY:  HOMEWORK – File 9.11.1

Quincy Public Schools, as a school community, regards homework as an integral part of the academic program.  The term homework refers to assignments which will achieve their purpose when prepared during an independent study or at home.  The purpose of homework is to improve the learning process, to aid in the mastery of skills, and to stimulate interest on the part of the student. The amount of homework considered reasonable varies with the age and grade of the student.  Particular attention must be paid to a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) and other plans.

Kindergarten and Grade One

Formal homework is not required.  Home activities that may support student learning include:

●   reading with the student

●   discussing the school day

●   involvement in projects initiated at school or home

●   unstructured play time

Grade Two

0-30 minutes per night, Monday through Thursday

Grade Three

Up to 30 minutes per night, Monday through Thursday

●   Formal homework started as an expectation of the student’s educational program

Grade Four

Up to 45 minutes per night, Monday through Thursday

●   Homework is expected to be part of the student's educational program

Grade Five

Up to 60 minutes per night, Monday through Thursday

●  Homework is a well-established part of the student's educational program

Grades Six – Eight

Up to 20 minutes per subject per night, Monday through Friday

Grades Nine – Twelve*

Up to 30 minutes per subject per night, Monday through Friday

*Homework guidelines will vary for high school students who choose to enroll in college level courses including Advanced Placement (AP®).

Vacations provide an important break in the school year for students, families, teachers, and staff.  Homework assignments, including test preparation, given prior to an officially scheduled vacation period should allow students sufficient time to accomplish their assignments while allowing quality vacation time with family.  Similarly, assignments that require a group of students to work together on a project should not be assigned to be completed over a vacation.

It is the responsibility of the principal to ensure that these guidelines are carried out in his or her building. 

 

Homework Guidelines during Remote/Hybrid Learning

Elementary Level: No homework during Remote/Hybrid Learning

Elementary students will be encouraged to participate in one or more of the following activities after school dismisses:

  • Read
  • Play outside or exercise with a sibling
  • Bake or cook with an adult
  • Garden with an adult
  • Put on a play or practice a musical instrument

Teachers will also encourage ideas and resources for extended at-home projects (i.e., designing a garden, recycling projects, collecting rocks and minerals, exploring coastal environments, or learning about historical landmarks in the community, etc.)

Middle School Level: Limited assignments during Remote/Hybrid Learning

At the middle school level, homework will be limited and will not be given on a nightly basis in every subject area.  Math practice and reading assignments will be the priority. Long-term projects will be assigned periodically to give students an opportunity to apply their learning and practice with organization and time management. Outside of the school day, there will be no group projects assigned to students.

There will be no Friday homework due on Monday.

High School: Homework will be assigned during Remote/Hybrid Learning

At the high school level, students will be responsible for completing assignments required for course completion. During Remote/Hybrid learning the focus of daily homework will be problem solving and math practice, reading of novels and technical articles, reviewing videos, and working with primary sources. Students will also complete long-term assignments such as essays and independent research projects.

Outside of the school day, there will be no group projects assigned to students.

Homework guidelines will vary for high school students who choose to enroll in college level courses including Advanced Placement (AP®)

There will be no Friday homework due on Monday.

During remote/hybrid learning, as it pertains to student grading, the School Committee encourages teachers to consider an appropriate balance relative to homework assignments.

Current practice codified 1990

Revised:          June 2006; February 2020; September 2020

HIGH SCHOOL PROMOTION and GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS – File 9.11.5

 

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To earn a Quincy Public Schools diploma and participate in high school graduation ceremonies, students must have completed all graduation requirements:

·       as defined in the Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Regulations of the State Board of Education (including the competency determination levels in the English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science/Technology portions of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System)

·       points and required subjects as determined by the Quincy School Committee. 

·       Certified special education students who, in the judgment of the principal, have completed the objectives as set forth in their individual educational plans will be granted a Certificate of Attainment.

FINAL DAY OF CLASSES FOR SENIORS IN GOOD STANDING

Having satisfactorily completed all academic requirements for graduation as well as having fulfilled all administrative requirements and personal obligations to the school, individual seniors who are in good standing may be released after the 165th day of the school year.

 

ACADEMIC CREDITS

1. The term "points" reflects academic credit issued for the amount of work normally covered in assigned classes that meet regularly for a year or portion thereof.  A proportional number of credits may be issued to reflect the intensity of a course or for a course meeting less or more time than the five point courses.

2. Physical Education is a required subject each school year through Grade 12 under MGL 71:3.

3. A principal has discretion to award quarter, half, or three-quarter credit for partial completion of course requirements.

4. Full year courses may be taken by semester at half the point value stated for the year upon approval of the principal and when possible to schedule.

5. Students who successfully complete Summer School or other alternative program courses may be awarded promotional/graduation credits by the high school principal. Prior approval for participation in those courses must be given by the high school principal or designee.

6. Requirements for Career Vocational and Technical Certification: All students who successfully complete their course of study will receive a High School Diploma and a Certificate of Occupational Proficiency. Any student, with significant absences, including suspensions, cannot accrue the necessary shop hours and related instruction to be eligible for a Technical Certificate.

Students must earn a passing grade in:

·       4 years of English

·       4 years of Social Studies

·       3 years of Science

·       3 years of Mathematics*

·       2 years of World Language

·       4 years of Physical Education***

 

* Mathematics - Fifteen (15) points required in mathematics. Ten (10) of the fifteen (15) points in mathematics are to come from the Mathematics Program of Studies. The additional five (5) points may come from mathematics or accounting/personal finance courses. Students are encouraged to take computer science courses; however, these courses may be taken only in addition to the fifteen (15) points required in mathematics.

** ROTC credits include Physical Education requirement credits

 

At North Quincy High School, students are required to earn 100 points to graduate and must meet the additional requirements listed below.  The promotional requirements for all students at North Quincy High School are:

·        to enter Grade 10, students must have earned 20 points

·        to enter Grade 11, students must have earned 45 points

·        to enter Grade 12, students must have earned 70 points.

At Quincy High School, students are required to earn 120 points to graduate and must meet the additional requirements listed below.  The promotional requirements for all students at Quincy High School are:

·       to enter Grade 10, students must have earned 25 points

·       to enter Grade 11, students must have earned 50 points

·       to enter Grade 12, students must have earned 85 points.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Community service is an opportunity for students to make a difference in their community through volunteer activities and is a Quincy Public Schools Graduation Requirement.  Community service affords students the opportunity to become active citizens, experience personal growth, and develop social and practical skills.

·    The Community Service graduation requirement was suspended for the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, and 2021-2022 school years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  All high school students were credited with 10 hours for each of those school years.

o   The Class of 2023 (Current Grade 12) has been given full credit for Community Service.

o   The Class of 2024 (Current Grade 11) should complete at least 10 hours of approved community service activities by June 1, 2023.

o   The Class of 2025 (Current Grade 10) should complete at least 10 hours of approved community service activities by June 1, 2023 and another 10 hours by June 1, 2024.

o   All students entering Grade 9 in or after the 2022-2023 school year must complete at least 10 hours of approved community service activities in each year of grades 9, 10, 11 for a total of at least 30 hours by the end of Grade 11.

·       Students can begin earning community service hours during the summer prior to entering each grade.

·       Community service hours for each year must be completed by June 1 of that school year.

·       Grade 12 students must have completed all hours by the beginning of that school year unless they have made prior arrangements.

·       Students who enter Quincy Public Schools after grade 9 will have their Community Service requirement pro-rated for the number of years they attend high school.

·       All community service activities must be approved by the high school Community Service Coordinators. A list of pre-approved community service options are available on the Quincy Public Schools website; students must seek approval for all community service activities not already listed on the website.

 

 

Revised:  September 2022; November 2009; January 2003

Current practice codified 1990

Adopted:         June 5, 1985