This varies wildly from teacher to teacher. The only reason why "too much" homework may be give is that the students are so overscheduled in other aspects of their lives. Bedtimes after midnight are not uncommon, due to homework starting after piano lessons and travel team soccer.
There has been effort made in this regard, especially towards developing a growth mindset. However, when you are handed everything on a silver platter and a parent can fix every problem with a phone call, there's little need for persistence.
There's a class called "Affective Education," which is supposed to address many of these ideas. When the middle school director taught it, half the time the class became a study hall, because the director could not devote time to it.
Now, the Director of Studies' former babysitter - who has no previous teaching experience - teaches it. Many of these classes still become study halls.
It's hard to develop traits like this at Latin because so many parents are out of touch with their kids, and so many kids are entitled. The concept of sharing is something that has to be explained to many 8th graders, who have been at Latin since pre-K.
This is directed squarely at Latin's Middle School. There is a culture of dishonesty among students and parents that impedes the educational and social development of any student.
Don't like a grade? Lie. Say the teacher was mean to you. Don't like how much playing time your kid gets? Lie. Say the coach was abusive. Don't like another student or parent? Lie. If you're rich enough or well-connected, you'll get exactly what you want.
The middle school administration will buy these lies, hook line and sinker, because they have no backbone, caring more about keeping their jobs, and keeping the loudest parents happy than doing what is right.
Why is there this culture? It's a combination of entitled and out of touch parents, entitled and savvy students, and a discipline process that is as soft as a marshmallow.
To a certain extent, you have to play a very specific political game to thrive as a parent, student, or teacher, which not everyone is equipped well for.
There are a few wonderful teachers who work in the Middle School. The niche they carve out is terrific, and all students under their charge have good experiences, if the students are willing to work.
There are also teachers who fall asleep in class, use lesson plans that are 10 years old, and have no earthly idea what is going on in the back row of their classroom.
At worst, this place is poison. If you worry about your social clout, or your kid's ability to thrive in a very entitled environment, you would be far better off sending your child somewhere else through grade 8, and then seeing if you could get into Latin's High School, which has more terrific teachers and exhibits less of the toxic culture of the Middle School.
Excellent school. Students advocating for themselves is highly emphasized and I found that the kids there knew how to deal with authority and build relationships. They leave well-equipped for college and job, having learned people skills as well as a vast load of knowledge. One of the perks of private schooling, Latin especially, is that lots of extra opportunities are provided to the kids too... if you choose to seize them, there's no doubt you'll go far. Some may be literally rich kids, but none of the snobby airs and haughtiness is present in the hallways.
My son's prior school went only till 8th grade; so it was necessary to compete for spots in either private or selective enrolment high schools. Despite years of panic, my son actually had several good choices including Northside and I.B, but ended up choosing Latin. He has never regretted his decision. I must admit, as parents, we were concerned that it could by socially challenging to enter a school where many had attended since JK; but the kids were quite welcoming, and he has made many great friends. Again, speaking as a parent, I couldn't be happier with the kids that comprise his circle of friends, they are, without exception smart, driven to succeed, yet empathetic and supportive of one another. I know Latin in the eyes of some, still has this image as just a place for "Rich kids"; and yes, my son does have some friends that come from great wealth, but some of his closest friends are attending based of financial aid, and it makes no difference. Its frowned upon to be too showy. The small class sizes are wonderful, if I text a member of the facility they will respond immediately, though they rather the kids self advocate. The teachers really know and care about the kids.
Full of over-entitled snotty rich kids with no world view. This school prides itself of open mindedness and being accepting, and lives up to it, that is if you are a certain kind of person. If on the other hand, you are not one of what they are used to seeing, you are not welcome here. This place is so un-diverse it is suffocating. It prepares kids for a type of world that does not exist.
My son's prior school was K- 8; so he started Latin for high school, and he has been very happy. They have a large selection of classes that are able to challenge him. The teachers will always make the time to meet with any student that takes the Initiative to ask for help. The total facilty of the school truly wants to see kids succeed, Yes the school is expensive, but your paying for the small class sizes, personal attention and amazing facilities. We have found the school to be very inviting, and my son has never found the Latin to be very cliquish or complained that any student has ever been mean to him or any of his friends. It's a place he feels happy and safe.