Writing it down so there is no doubt that you and your student understand each other can save hours of family wrangling to manage commitments.


It’s 24/7. There is no debate that our weeks have seven days with 24 hours each. That’s a total of 168.

  • That number sounds large, but lets take out sleep (which should be a non-negotiable minimum).

Here’s a link to a study that shows that students who rest do better in school.

Take out nine hours per day (168-63=105).

  • Now remove hours at school—also not negotiable. Four days of seven hours plus one day of five hours equals 33, which leaves us with 72.
  • Still sound like a lot. Don’t forget these:
    • Travel time to and from school and activities,
    • Meals and snacks (Researchers recommend a five-minute break every hour to stand, move around, drink water, snack as needed, etc.)
    • Personal hygiene
    • Household chores
  • Add other commitments:
    • sports,
    • clubs,
    • volunteer hours,
    • learning to drive,
    • health care appointments, dental appointments, etc.
    • family and community commitments.
  • Use this guide on our Counseling/Registration webpage as a tool for estimating homework time. Add that.
  • Anticipate problems!
    • We get sick.
    • Technology fails.
    • Teammates stumble in their commitments.
    • We have special assignments and exam weeks.
    • Our team may participate in a tournament or the band may travel.
    • Things often take more time than anticipated.
  • Leave time for fun and relaxing. Again, there is research that proves that minds that rest perform better. This isn’t a luxury; it’s a fact of human body and brain physiology. Studies also show that students who plan time for fun find it much easier to commit to their study schedule.


The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.