Department of Defense Education Activity

West Point ES: Homework

The primary purpose of homework is to provide a strong emphasis on academics, to encourage students to satisfy or extend their intellectual curiosity, and to provide guidance for students to practice skills. Homework does not always involve pencil and paper tasks. It may also encompass such activities as reading for a period of time at home, working on a project, playing math games or studying spelling words or study sheets.

The following is the range of hours per week of homework to be assigned to elementary students.

Grades Hours Per Week
Approximate Minutes Per Day
Grades 1 & 2
1 - 3
15 - 30 minutes
Grade 3
2 - 3
30 minutes
Grade 4
3 - 4
40 minutes