Homework Contract Middle School

Post in a prominent place.


__________________ and _________________ have mutually agreed to the terms of the
(student) (parent)
following homework contract to take effect on__________________________________.

Homework Study Schedule

Monday __________ to __________ Student will study at least _____minutes
Tuesday __________ to __________ on the indicated days. If the student does
Wednesday __________ to __________ not have assignments, he/she will review
Thursday __________ to __________ for tests, work ahead, redo past assignments,
Friday __________ to __________ or read material related to classes. Students
Saturday __________ to __________ will need to increase their study time when
Sunday __________ to __________ faced with long and/or difficult assignments.

Special Contract Terms (optional)

Both student and parent will initial the terms that are to be followed.

__________All homework is to be done in the __________________________room.

__________No phone calls will be allowed during homework time.

__________Homework will not be done in front of the TV. Loud music will not be played.

__________The computer will only be used to work directly on assignments. No Web surfing!

__________Parent will not remind students when it is time to start homework.

__________Parent will not offer homework help or advice unless it is requested.

__________All homework and school materials are to be placed in a backpack at the end of each
homework session.

__________Contract will be reviewed on __________to decide if any terms need to be changed.

__________(Additional term)_____________________________________________________

_________Failure by the student or parent to follow all contract terms will result in a penalty of


__________Following terms of the contract for a period of __________will result in an award of


Signed_________________________(parent) ______________________________(student)

Additional Information on Homework Contracts

The major purpose of a homework contract is to eliminate all the daily hassles that arise from family conflicts over when, where, and how homework is to be done. A contract places the responsibility for getting homework done on the student which is where it should be. It also helps many students establish a homework routine. Even young students will benefit from having a homework contract.

The best contracts are simple ones with few terms.

You definitely should not have your family’s first homework contract use all the terms of the sample contract.

Contracts need to be individualized to suit the needs of each family.

For a homework contract to be effective, all terms must be negotiated and completely agreed upon by both parents and students.

After a trial period of two weeks, the contract should be looked at again by the parent and student to see if any terms should be changed. Provision also needs to be made to look at the contract periodically (monthly, every grading period) to see if it needs to be revised as conditions change.

Remember all children are different. Some will need to do their nightly homework in two or more time periods. Others may need timed breaks to release energy or to get a snack.

How Much Time Should Students Spend on Homework

The rough rule of thumb that most educators use is that students should work on homework approximately 10 minutes for each year in school. Following this rule, a second grader would spend 20 minutes on homework while a fifth grader would spend 50 minutes. At the high school level, it may be necessary for students to do as much as two hours a night depending on the courses that they are taking and whether or not they have a study period at school.

Students do not have to work on homework every day. Weekends can be free of homework for many students depending on their typical assignment load. Older students can choose specific times on the weekend to review the week’s work or do projects. Poor students will profit from spending some weekend time on review or skill-building work. Redoing assignments can be helpful for these students.

It is not necessary for all students to have assigned homework times in a contract. Instead, the agreement can be for students to get all homework done by a specified time. With this type of agreement, no homework for any reason can be done after this time. Instead, the students can get up early to complete any unfinished work.

Why Should Students Have Homework?

In the early grades, there is only a very small relationship between the amount of homework children do and their achievement in school. It is not until sixth grade that a solid relationship can be shown between doing homework and higher achievement. The reason for doing homework earlier is to develop the homework habit as well as independent study skills.

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If your tween is struggling with homework or just can't seem to keep himself organized, a homework contract can help. This simple agreement between a kid and their parents can help the tween stay on task and give the parents peace of mind, knowing they've laid out their expectations for schoolwork.

What is a Homework Contract?

A well-written contract points out your child's homework responsibilities point by point.

It also helps him understand how you can help guide and work with him in order to keep his assignments under control.​

There are also some good reminders for parents. Simple things like designating a distraction-free homework zone in the house and maintaining a healthy, balanced schedule with extra-curricular activities are important.

A Sample Student/Parent Homework Contract

Use the contract below as a guide and edit it as necessary. Just remember that a homework contract isn't about punishing a child for failing to complete assignments. Rather, it's a tool that both you and your child can use to stay organized.

It's also a reminder to you both that your child's school experience and success depends on both of you.

Student Responsibilities

  • I will keep track of my homework assignments every day and write them in an agenda or my binder before leaving each class.
  • I will bring home all books and workbooks needed to finish my homework assignments.
  • If I don't understand a homework assignment, I will ask my teacher for more information.
  • I will make sure I know when my assignment is due.
  • I will obey classroom and school rules and follow along when the teacher is teaching.
  • I will let my parents know when I need school supplies that will help me complete assignments. This includes pencils, pens, paper, graph paper, poster board, glue, markers, calculators, etc.
  • I will find a quiet location to finish my assignments so that I'm not distracted by the television, computer or my cell phone.
  • I will complete my assignments before I watch television, text my friends or play on the computer.
  • I will let my parents know if I do not understand an assignment or if I am having trouble keeping up in class.
  • I will allow my parents to quiz me, tutor me or help me understand any material I am struggling with.

SIGNED _________________________________ (Tween's Signature)

DATE ___________________________________

Parent Responsibilities

  • I will provide my child with a quiet place to study that's free from distractions.
  • I will stay up-to-date on my child's progress in school.
  • I will provide a calendar for my child to keep track of assignments, projects, and other school demands. We will display this calendar in a visible spot such as the kitchen or family room.
  • I will make sure that my child has the supplies he needs to finish his assignments.
  • If my child is struggling with a homework assignment, I will offer suggestions and advice, but will not complete the assignment for him.
  • I will be patient with my child when he does not understand an assignment, and I will keep my emotions in check.
  • I will contact my child's teacher if he is struggling with a particular subject.
  • If necessary, I will find a tutor for my child or enlist him in an after-school tutoring program.
  • I will encourage my child to read every day.
  • I will encourage my child to do his homework when he's the most alert (such as in the afternoon or early evening).
  • I will not over-schedule my child with so many extra-curricular activities that he cannot keep up with his homework assignments.
  • I will monitor my child's television time, computer time and time spent texting so that he has ample time to complete his assignments.
  • I will talk with my child every day about his school experience.
  • I will offer my child positive encouragement and will acknowledge his efforts.
  • I will adjust this homework contract as necessary to meet my child's school needs.

SIGNED _______________________________ (Parents' Signatures)

DATE _________________________________


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