Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen students are involved in a content rich and rigorous curriculum for seven hours each school day. The staff at RMAE believes that students should be well rounded individuals and involved in more than just superior academics.
All students are expected to read or be read to a minimum of 15 minutes nightly depending on grade level and ability. Without literacy, all academics are at risk.
With this in mind, we hope that our students have the desire, ability, and time to develop their talents in family bonds, friendships, athletics and other healthy extra-curricular activities. Therefore, RMAE’s philosophy regarding homework for students is two-fold.
First, homework is generally assigned to reinforce concepts and skills already learned in the classroom setting. Occasionally, students may be asked to explore new topics through homework. Students should be able to complete the assigned task successfully with little or no parent supervision and/or checking completed work only. This enables students to feel a sense of accomplishment while solidifying concepts and skills or suggesting ideas. Their completed work should always demonstrate their best quality.
Second, homework is assigned to help teach students responsibility. Students are able to accomplish this life skill by managing and organizing work in the home setting independently of their teachers. Part of their taking responsibility is allowing students to accept the consequences of forgetting their homework. Students will not be permitted to phone parents to have them bring in their forgotten work.
The following is a guide for homework practice followed by the faculty and staff at RMAE. Special projects centered on the Core Knowledge curriculum will be assigned by grade level and may take additional home time. Project assignments will be given support by the classroom teachers. Individual teachers will develop classroom homework procedures that follow the philosophy of RMAE.
Grade level /Time-nightly / Subjects
Kindergarten-1st grade / 15 – 30 minutes / writing, math, *reading,
2nd-3rdgrade / 30 – 45 minutes / writing, math, *reading
4th-5th grade / 45 minutes – 1 hour / writing, math, *reading
6th-8th grade / 1 ½ – 2 hours / all