Organization of the District
The organizational plan of the Lake Washington School District shall be: elementary schools, grades K through five; middle schools, grades six through eight; and senior high schools, grades nine through twelve. Modifications to this plan may be made at the discretion of the superintendent to correct temporary problems of overcrowding.
Instruction and Curriculum
Instruction and curriculum seeks to refocus and redefine the skills and learnings that students must master to be successful and productive citizens in an ever-changing world that shall require higher level skills.
The district seeks to develop curriculum that integrates basic and lifelong learning skills into all curriculum areas. The resulting curriculum shall identify what all students need to learn as well as how much instructional time should be devoted to each content area. A goal shall be to integrate content areas so students see the inter-relationships between subjects rather than viewing them in isolation.
Each student should be presented with a core curriculum, a common set of learnings, as well as have an opportunity for an individualized curriculum based on advanced learnings in the content areas or new learnings in individualized content areas such as foreign language or vocational education.
Homework’s Role in Reaching Student Learning Goals
Lake Washington School District believes that homework can be an important and valuable extension of classroom instruction. In its simplest form, homework enables the student to practice and refine skills so that mastery is achieved. In later stages, innovative projects reflect the integration of numerous skills into a final, original expression.
The amount and frequency of homework varies for several reasons. Certain subjects are characterized by frequent homework, while other require fewer outside assignments. The emphasis and amount of homework should match the developmental skills of the student. Like classroom instruction, homework should be individualized in consideration of differences between students.
Homework is capable of providing the following opportunities within a learning experience:
This is the most common type of homework and the most simple. It is given to help students practice specific skills so that mastery is attained. Material is presented by the teacher in class and a homework assignment promotes practice by the student, either at school or home.
The intent of the second category is to prepare students for the next class meeting. Students may be asked to read ahead in a text, to make notes or answer questions, or to study material, etc.
Extension assignments ask the student to go beyond simple recall of knowledge. Concepts or skills are applied instead to new situations.
These are usually long-range assignments requiring several days to weeks to complete. Students are required to integrate many skills in the process of completing the final product.
It is the policy of Lake Washington School District that homework standards and procedures be established and administered within each school building. Such homework standards and procedures shall be developed or reviewed annually by a committee consisting of representatives from building administration, teachers, and parents.