Academics

Bosque Learning Center

The Bosque Learning Center (BLC) is a year round academic support program for Bosque students in both the middle and upper schools. More recently, the BLC has begun to offer tutoring support to students in grades three, four and five for students who do not attend Bosque School. The BLC was developed to provide high quality tutoring for students at various degrees of need at a reasonable cost. The program is open to students with learning differences but is also available to other students who may experience a persistent academic challenge in a particular subject area. The goals of the program are to provide support to students in a consistent manner with low cost services and to ensure that communication among faculty, parents, and students is relevant and frequent.  This program is not meant to replace the expected and common support provided by faculty to students with temporary academic challenges.
 
The Elementary Level BLC provides tutor specialists to work with students from area elementary schools with issues similar to those of students in the regular BLC. These students are admitted to the BLC when they are seeking individualized instruction in specific academic areas or more broadly for support in work organization, time management and learning strategies. Some parents may choose to enroll their elementary students in the program prior to admission to Bosque School in order to enhance their skills or strengthen their academic foundation.
Please contact Clint Montgomery, Learning Specialist, or the Division Heads for additional information about the Bosque Learning Center.

Tutoring Services Available

List of 5 items.

  • What kinds of tutoring services available (for all grade levels)?

    • For those students who need direct instruction for new concepts where there may be gaps in specific material or areas of deficits (such as direct instruction of literacy skills),
    • For those students who need re-teaching, review or reinforcement of material already taught (for example, reviewing and mastering regrouping in math),
    • For those students who need support in organization, managing time and workload. This is often helpful for students with attentional difficulties or weak executive functions (for example, managing assignment completion through the best use of a planner),
    • For those students who need support in staying current and up to date with academic work,
    • For those students who need support in more specific study skills and test preparation (for example, helping a student learn proper note taking skills),
    • For students in third, fourth and fifth grades who do not attend Bosque School but who are  in need of focused or intensive tutoring support.

    The Elementary Level BLC provides tutor specialists to work with students from area elementary schools with issues similar to those of students in the regular BLC. These students are admitted to the BLC when they are seeking individualized instruction in specific academic areas or more broadly for support in work organization, time management and learning strategies. Some parents may choose to enroll their elementary students in the program prior to admission to Bosque School in order to enhance their skills or strengthen their academic foundation.
     
  • Who are the tutor specialists?

    The tutor specialists are recruited through the Learning Specialists Department. They submit work history records, and they participate in a full background check through the Bosque Business Office. These individuals have a variety of instructional experiences, and many are at the Masters level of education. The tutor specialists will be part-time employees of Bosque School so that they are expected to become familiar with the school’s culture, curriculum, and instructional expectations. A list of these tutor specialists along with a brief bio is available on the Bosque School website or by contacting Clint Montgomery. Typically, they will meet with students in the library first and then move to one of several quiet designated work areas provided through the Learning Specialist Department.
     
  • When are tutoring services available?

    Unless otherwise agreed upon, each session is approximately 40 minutes in length. Tutoring Specialists typically work with middle school students outside of the regular school day. This includes Tuesday mornings before the start of school before 9 A.M. and after school from 3:20 to 5:20 p.m. Below is the schedule of most common slots available for tutoring outside of the school day. For those middle school students participating in sports, an allowance will be made for arriving late for practices or attending tutoring after practice. Individual tutoring sessions will be rescheduled during any team competitions or games. Ordinarily, upper school students who participate use free periods in their schedules for tutoring sessions.

    Tutoring Slots Available Outside of the School Day
    SLOTS MON., TUES., WED., THURS., FRI.
    7:40 - 8:20 AM
    8:20 -9:00 AM
    2:20 -3:20 PM In-Classroom support and Communication time for Tutor Specialists.
    3:20 – 4:00 PM
    4:00 – 4:40 PM
    4:40 – 5:20 PM
    (The BLC also is open during the summer break and Tutor specialists set up a mutually agreed upon schedule of meetings with each student).
  • What does it cost?

    • Individual sessions are forty minutes for $30,
    • Group sessions (two or three students)are forty minutes for $20,
    • In addition, once a month there is a $30 charge for communication time and, when appropriate, working with middle school students in a class,
    • Once parents decide to participate in the BLC, they sign a contract for one semester at a time. Payments are set up through the Bosque Business Office,
    • Parents are billed for missed sessions only when the tutor does not have a 2-hour notice.
  • How do the tutors communicate?

    One of the hallmarks of a strong tutoring relationship is frequent and clear communication between the tutor specialist and the student’s teachers and parents.  Once a student is signed up for tutoring, the tutor specialist will contact both the parents and the adviser to develop specific goals for the work sessions and a written Tutoring Plan is developed. In addition, each tutor specialist prepares a Tutoring log (as a real time Google Doc) each week that reviews the activities accomplished and progress toward the learning goals. Parents and advisers are encouraged to provide feedback through the Tutoring Log to the tutor about necessary changes in focus for future sessions.

    Whenever feasible, tutor specialists working with middle school students are given a small amount of time each month to work with identified students in selected classrooms during the end of the fourth block or during Homework Cafe. This time will also be used for communication with teachers and parents. The method of communication between tutors and faculty will be determined by each teacher but will ordinarily be through the Tutoring Log email.  
     

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Clint Montgomery

    Clint Montgomery 

    Bosque School
    Director of the Bosque Learning Center and Middle School Learning Specialist
    2017
  • Photo of Zach Lang

    Zach Lang 

    Bosque School
    Winterim Director, Summer Program Director, Bosque Learning Center Tutor, and 7th Grade Advisor
    2011
    Bio
  • Photo of Talia Sledge

    Talia Sledge 

    Bio
  • Photo of John Murtagh

    John Murtagh 

    2019
    Bio