15 ASB Middle School Handbook
The ASB Middle School curriculum addresses the intellectual, social, physical and emotional
needs of international Middle School students who typically maintain a long-term goal to
attend a college or university. In Middle School classes, students will be challenged to do the
very best they can. Enrichment and extension opportunities serve to stretch their academic
abilities and meet their academic needs. Academic support is provided to students who may
find learning difficult. Class engagements and assessment activities are varied and rich.
Appropriate and meaningful homework is one of many instructional strategies that
guarantee student learning and success. In ASB’s Middle School, homework is given for
1. To reinforce learning through further practice and application of material
2. To enrich learning through independent study, individual research and experimentation
3. To develop sound independent study habits
4. To enable students to complete assignments
5. To preview new units of study
1. Grade 6: An average of 1 hour per day.
2. Grade 7: An average of 1 to 1 ½ hours per day.
3. Grade 8: An average of 1 to 2 hours per day.
4. Completing homework consistently is a key factor of academic success. Homework should
be completed on time and on the very night that it is assigned. Students should expect
regular homework assignments from most teachers, and they should ask if they are not
sure about what is expected of them. Taking advantage of the Homework Club and seeking
extra help are key strategies if a student is unclear about concepts or assignments.
5. Homework will not be given over long holiday weekends (more than three days) or over
school vacations. The Language Arts teachers may assign independent reading during
6. Tests will not be given, nor long-term assignments due, on the first day of school after a
long holiday weekend or school vacation.
7. Test schedules will be coordinated so that no student has more than two major tests on
any given day.
8. Students are always encouraged to read for fun.
The homework guidelines are based on the assumption that students strive to be organized.
Reviewing for major tests and working on long-term papers or projects should be paced to
avoid doing last-minute work. If students are absent, they should make every effort to obtain
and complete missed assignments. The Haiku site is the most reliable source of information
regarding student assignments. Students can also contact their teachers through email. In
addition, we suggest that students call a peer to obtain any notes or important information
from the classes missed.