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

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  • 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 work with middle school students typically outside of the regular school day. This includes Tuesday mornings before the start of school at 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 (these are shown in white). For those middle school students participating in sports, 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 $15
    • Tutoring sessions are scheduled and billed each month in advance through the Bosque Business Office.

    • Individual sessions are forty minutes for $30 (which includes a $5 business office cost),
    • 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. They are billed each month through the Bosque Business Office,
    • Parents are billed for missed sessions only when the tutor does not have a 2 hour notice.
    • Rates for non Bosque students in third, fourth, and fifth grades are at the rate of $35 per session. These students are billed through the business office using a credit card.
  • 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.  
     

Tutor Specialists

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  • Zach Lang - Lead Tutor Specialist

    Zach attended Bosque in the 1990’s and has been a well respected teacher assistant and tutor specialist at the school. He graduated from UNM in education and completed his teacher training and internship at Bosque School. He is in a leadership position in the Bosque Summer program. Zach has a great deal of knowledge of the Bosque student schedules, policies, faculty, and day to day activities at the middle school. He will assist in some of the coordination and management activities with the Bosque Learning Center.
  • Cynthia Grady

    Cynthia has a Masters of Liberal Arts, Master of Science (Library and Information Science) and a Master of Arts (Children’s Literature), and a Bachelor of Science. Her most recent employment was at the Sidwell Friends School, a middle school in Washington, DC. At the same time, she worked as an after school tutor for students in middle school. She has also taught sixth grade in Fremont, California and worked with students in need of literacy support through Chapter 1. She was a recipient of the Nummi Most Promising New Teacher Award during this time. She has also published several children’s books.
  • Jonice Tovar

    Jonice is native of Venezuela who holds a Masters of Science in Education and a Bachelors of Arts in Education. She currently holds a New Mexico educational license in K-8 (General Education), K-12 (Endorsed in Language Arts) and Bilingual Education. She is completely fluent in both English and Spanish. Jonice has considerable experience providing professional development in a wide variety of areas including dance, Indio-Hispanic Native foods, bilingual education and language development. She has taught as an English resource teacher and has training in specific instructional techniques that include Sounds and Symbols, Lindamood-Bell, and Learning Styles. Jonice is currently an instructor at both S.I.P.I and CNM and in the continuing education division of UNM.
  • Bob Woody

    Bob holds a Masters of Education and is currently licensed in New Mexico in the areas of administration, History and Social Studies. Bob has a long and respected background as an educational and instructional leader. He retired from APS in 2014 after 26 years working first as a teacher and later as a principal in a five different schools where he was appointed to help with instructional and organizational needs at the schools in need of improvement. His last principal position was at the Dennis Chavez School. He prefers working with elementary and middle school aged children where the majority of his experience has been. He also has experience as the Director of Labor Relations for APS. Besides working as a Tutor Specialist at Bosque, he also volunteers as a reading teacher at the Chamiza Elementary School.
  • Cheri Brown

    Cheri holds a Masters of Arts and is a current Doctoral Candidate at UNM in the area of Language and communication. Her Bachelor of Arts was from Colorado State University. Most recently, she has worked as an adjunct English faculty member at CNM and UNM. She worked with students in need of support in writing and literature. She is also involved in theatre arts and participates in the Performing Arts Collective as well as teaching courses in dramatic literature and storytelling. Cheri is also a communications consultant and has written and published several articles and projects in creative writing.
  • Brett Alexander

    Brett holds a BA in Literature and Russian studies from UNM and BA from Edinboro University of Penn in History. She also has a MA in History and Latin American History from UNM. She is currently working as a curriculum assistant at the Tierra Adentro Charter School in Albuquerque. She has done a great deal of substitute teaching at Sandia Academy and at charter schools in APS. Brett has also worked as an After school Coordinator for the Jewish Academy of Arts and Sciences providing academic support and supervision for this program.
  • Other Tutors

    Jacqui Spence
    Jacqui currently works with seven upper school students at Bosque in the area of ACT/SAT preparation and strategies. She also works in the library the Learning Center facilities but is not an employee of Bosque School. She is paid at a different rate directly by parents but uses the facilities to support Bosque upper school students.