Some Highly Competitive Schools are Reducing Homework Loads

According to an article by a Wall Street Journal reporter, some of the most elite elementary and high schools across the country are changing their homework policies, limiting the amount of work assigned by teachers or eliminating it altogether in lower grades.

In Greenville, South Carolina, the 74-school district reduced the amount of time students had to spend on assignments each night and limited how much homework could count toward a final grade. At Sparhawk, a private school in Amesbury, Massachusetts, homework was eliminated until January of third grade. At Wellesley High School in Wellesley, Massachusetts, juniors will now spend 10 days in history class writing a required thesis–work which they previously did at home. At Harvard-Westlake, an independent middle and high school in Los Angeles, homework now has a three-hour per course, per week limit, and anonymous surveys are given out every semester to gauge the workload.

The movement towards reduced homework, according to the article, is being fueled by both The Case Against Homework and The Homework Myth. Still, though, national statistics show that the amount of homework is continuing to grow.

Read the entire article to get more ideas on what you might want to ask for at your school.

5 Comments on “Some Highly Competitive Schools are Reducing Homework Loads”

  1. madison says:


    November 6th, 2007 at 10:32 am
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  2. kheyera says:

    i think that you are giving us to much homework I kno you want us to get smart but you are giving us kids to much homework

    May 12th, 2008 at 9:10 am
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  3. Anonymous says:

    I’m at a private school and I have lots of homework every day! I’m really sick of it! Why we spend our time at school working hard and they also give us homework!

    October 21st, 2009 at 12:36 pm
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  4. Anonymous says:

    too much homework in advanced programs

    April 1st, 2014 at 12:02 am
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  5. mrkjj says:

    hi dudes

    January 20th, 2015 at 1:59 pm
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