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At Smythe Academy, homework is a fundamental part of the learning process. Completing homework helps to develop basic academic and study skills, as well as promotes student responsibility and self-discipline. Homework is assigned on a regular basis for all grade levels and major subject areas, and each teacher determines the appropriate measure of homework for his or her students. Students are expected to complete their homework assignments in a timely manner and to the best of their ability. Parents are encouraged to provide a supportive environment for homework activities and to be responsible for reviewing homework assignments with their child.  

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Guiding Principles of Smythe

  1. We see all members of our school community as learners capable of critical thinking and problem solving.
  2. We see all students as articulate, literate and creative communicators.
  3. We focus on students’ strengths so that they may become successful life-long learners.
  4. We value diversity and work to create an environment that fosters the respect and appreciation of human differences.
  5. We believe in well-articulated standards-based instruction and assessment, as well as authentic assessment, to promote student achievement.
  6. We believe that collaboration and shared responsibility among students, parents and staff promotes a vibrant and effective learning community.
  7. We believe in providing a safe and supportive environment where students, parents and staff can take risks in learning and develop as leaders.
  8. We believe that effective schools work in mutual partnerships with community leaders, organizations, businesses, and other schools and educational cooperatives.
  9. We believe in using data and research to regularly examine, reflect on and modify our instructional practices, programs, systems, and structures in order to meet the needs of our students, staff and families.
  10. We believe in acknowledging and appreciating the unique contributions of each member of our school community.
  11. We believe in fostering the development of well-rounded individuals who are caring and compassionate citizens of our school community and abroad.
  12. We believe that a strong education for students demands a high degree of parent involvement supported by parent education.
  13. We believe that students can and should be taught what it means to produce work of high quality.
  14. Smythe Academy is committed to the goal of developing self-motivated, competent, life-long learners 

School Safety

District administration and the Twin Rivers Board of Trustees have placed a great emphasis on campus safety and security. Teachers supervise students on campus before and after school and during passing periods; noon duty supervisors (including administrators) monitor students during lunchtime. All visitors must sign in at the front office and receive proper authorization to be on campus. Visitors are asked by the school site staff to display their pass at all times.


Safety Plan

Smythe Academy’s Safety Plan is revised annually each spring by the Site Safety Committee, which is comprised of Smythe staff members. Emergency drills are held on a regular basis; fire drills are held once a month; earthquake and lockdown drills are held three times a year.


School Facilities

The school facilities consist of seven permanent classrooms, 11 portable classrooms, a multipurpose room, a library, a computer lab, and a staff room.