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Homework is the time students spend outside the classroom in assigned activities to practice, reinforce or apply newly-acquired skills and knowledge and to learn necessary skills for student academic achievement.

Homework Policy

Excused Absences

Excused absences, as defined by Long Beach Unified’s parent guidelines are absences such as illness, religious observation, and/or bereavement. Students with excused absences will be given a reasonable opportunity to complete missing assignments, including homework and tests.

Unexcused absences, as defined by Long Beach Unified’s parent guidelines are absences such as truancies and personal vacations. Students with unexcused absences, for reasons other than truancy, need to communicate with the teacher to see if work can be made up. Credit for make up work with unexcused absences is at the teacher’s descretion.

* See LBUSD Parent Guidelines Handbook for district quidelines pertaining to excused and unexcused absences.

Homework Expectations

Stanford students can expect, on average, one to two hours of homework each night (15 – 30 minutes per night per subject). Special projects may increase a student’s homework load. Students should be encouraged to pace themselves and meet checkpoints in order to meet project deadlines.


The library is open for students who either need extra help to complete homework or need extra time to study.

Stanford Library Page

Parent or Guardian

  • Review your child’s planner each day for homework assignments and/or upcoming tests. Planners should be initialed daily by a parent.
  • Have your child complete the homework “buddy” section which should list a classmate and phone number for whom your child can call to clarification on assignments and or general questions.
  • Establish a regular study time each day that should not to be interrupted by family plans, school activities or television.
  • Make sure students have, in advance, the materials they need to do assignments (paper, colored pencils, etc.).
  • Contact your student’s teacher to clear up any misunderstandings and/or problems as they come up. This can be done via email message, note to the teacher and/or phone call during teacher conference hours.


  • You are expected to copy daily homework assignments and upcoming tests/projects in your planner.
  • You are expected to have a parent or guardian read and initial your planner EVERY day.
  • You should identify several “homework buddies” in each class with name and phone number.