Course of Study

Our school's general education curriculum is based on the state's Common Core Standards.  All of our adopted curriculum is based on the state's standards.

Common Core State Standards - Resources (CA Dept of Education)


School and district policies require homework and outside reading on a regular basis. Each teacher has a homework policy that meets these requirements. Your child will bring home a copy of the policy for his or her classroom during the first few weeks of school.

There are several things that we do at Perkins. Every student must write at least one page every night in a home writing journal. We do this to practice writing fluency. Also, every student must read every night. Usually our teachers assign about 20 to 30 minutes of reading for homework every night. However, we would like to cite the following study which really explains the importance of daily reading outside of the school:

In the 1988 Reading Research Quarterly it was shown that the average student in the United States reads an average of 4.6 minutes per day. These 'average' students were at the 50th percentile rank. Students that read an average of 65 minutes per day were at the 98th percentile and getting into college. Home reading and writing are extremely important to the success of students in school.  Please limit students' exposure to social media and internet to a maximum of two hours per day.

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