UnHomework Policy

Dear Santiago STEAM Magnet Families,

At Santiago STEAM Magnet, our mission is to provide meaningful, innovative learning experiences for a community of diverse learners who solve complex problems with creativity and confidence.  When we typically think of homework, “meaningful and innovative” are rarely associated.  Much research has been done regarding the effects of homework on student achievement.  Positive effects decrease as student age decreases with the least effect happening in elementary school.  More complex homework without the proper instruction at home tends to be frustrating to students and parents ending in students either not completing the homework or reinforcing incorrect understanding of the skills or concept.

To this end, Santiago STEAM Magnet intends to focus all our energy on instruction at school.  Homework will not be a nightly scheduled event.  If work does come home, it is with the full understanding that your child has the skills or concepts necessary to complete the work independently.

Guidelines for our UnHomework Policy:

  1. UnHomework is not a requirement.
  2. If Unhomework is assigned, it should be directly related to current classroom instruction and activities and clearly understood and achievable independently by the student.
  3. Students should understand how each assignment helps learning and teachers should make an effort to promote student ownership.
  4. Consideration should be given to the impact of Unhomework on family time.
  5. Reading for pleasure on a nightly basis should be strongly encouraged.
  6. No separate grade or reward/punishment should be given regarding Unhomework.

UnHomework is encouraged for students and families related to the 4Cs:

I. Collaboration

Gathering Information for Projects 

(interviews, museum visits)

Extra Curricular Activities

Community Outreach/Volunteering

Contributing to Household Activities

II. Communication

Daily Reflection of Learning

Second Step Home Link

Attend Santiago’s “Ignite Nights”

Check Bloomz Regularly

Family Talk Time

III. Critical Thinking

Ask Questions

Make Real-World Connections

ST Math

IV. Creativity

Reading - Instill a Joy for Reading

Outdoor Play and Explore Nature

Try Something New