Over the past few years, Saint Andrew's has committed a great deal of time and research into understanding the latest studies and best practices concerning homework. The school has adopted the National Education Association's recommendation of 10-minutes X the child's grade as a general rule of thumb, e.g. a fifth grader could have up to 50 minutes of homework per school night. (In Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, we ask that families read together for at least 20 minutes each evening.)
It may feel as if your child has just begin the school year, so the last thing on your mind is the best school option for next year. After all, your focus now is about making this the best year it can possibly be. You are thinking about homework policies, after school care options, and transportation arrangements. You will get to next year, well...next year. Sure, you are in the culminating year of your preschool or elementary school or middle school, but there is plenty of time to explore options, right?
The most important factor for a child’s learning in school is the character and expertise of the teachers. Research has repeatedly shown that more than the teaching pedagogy, more than the integration of technology, more than even class-size, the quality of the teachers makes the biggest difference. What is distinguishing among schools, therefore, is how a school determines the qualities of teaching excellence. As one of the best private schools in the area, Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School teachers dedicate themselves to fulfilling our mission “to educate the whole student, developing as fully as possible the intellectual, spiritual, physical and social capacities of each student.”