Home Learning Expectations

Discovery will continue to have revised home learning expectations for students after school hours. We made the decision to redefine the homework policy at Discovery Elementary in 2016. This decision was made through the analysis of studies and literature focused on the effects of traditional homework as well as consultation with our School Leadership Team.


Per San Marcos Unified School District Board Policy 6154, homework should be clear and purposeful, focused on quality rather than quantity, and consist of learning activities related to school goals and instructional objectives. The Homework Schedules in the Board Policy are as follows:

Grades 1-3: 10-20 minutes/ 3-4 days a week

Grades 4-5: 30-45 minutes/ 4 days a week


At Discovery Elementary, the only daily, ongoing responsibility given to the students outside school hours is to read. We expect students to read daily, either independently or with a family member. Daily reading will improve students overall academics as reading is an integral part of all subject areas.

In addition to the nightly reading requirement at Discovery, students may be asked to complete grade-level sight words, writing journals, math facts, typing skills, or classroom projects. Students receiving additional instructional support may receive individualized learning activities for home, for example Reading Intervention homework. Lastly, 5th grade students will transition from this policy mid-year to prepare them for the expectations of middle school.

Review our Home Learning Expectations letter for more information.