The Bay School defines the rigor of our academic program by the depth and sophistication of the thinking we ask of students and the ways in which we ask them to express that thinking.
Rigor is not defined by the amount of homework assigned; indeed, there is little evidence that the amount of work assigned equates to the amount learned. There is substantial evidence, however, of the deleterious effects of too much homework: not enough sleep, reduced retention levels, avoidance behaviors, and students who come to see learning as a burden rather than a joy. Therefore, Bay teachers are especially careful to assign outside work that is meaningful and purposeful, and never superfluous. Our rotating block schedule and our academic calendar are specifically designed ensure students spend more time and accomplish more work in the classroom.
Ninth grade students should expect 1.5 hours of homework per week in most courses and 2 hours per week for their Humanities course. Older students are typically assigned 2 hours of homework per week in most courses, and 2.5 hours per week for courses that carry a Humanities designation. Honors courses assign more homework: 1 hour per class meeting, for a total of 3 hours per week for most courses.