Grading Policy

English Department Grading Policy as of 9/3/13 HOMEWORK

High School – The reading of material, the practice of skills and the reinforcement of content is critical to a student’s academic development. Work completed at home is an extension of the learning that occurs in the classroom. These assignments are the student’s responsibility and will be evaluated through performance-based assessments. Students and parents can monitor academic progress via the Genesis Parent Portal at their convenience.

Middle School – The faculty of David Brearley Middle School recognizes that the developmental needs of middle school students differ. Therefore, middle school courses will incorporate graded homework as part of “alternate assessments.”

The following grading policy will be in effect for all English courses except AP English Language and AP English Literature:

Major Assessments

Unit Tests, longer essays, research papers, projects, presentations


Minor Assessments

Quizzes, vocabulary literary term quizzes, shorter writing assignments


Alternate Assessments / Assignments

Reading Assessments, Classroom assignments, informal writing, journals or other informal assessments

(homework for MS only)