Middle School Mentor program

In grades 6-8, each child becomes part of a small group of fellow students and adult teacher-mentors who meet daily to assess student progress, set goals, and focus on the development of essential study and organizational skills.
 
The goal of the program is to provide each student with a chief advocate and guide. Mentors meet with their students for half an hour each day after the students’ social studies and science classes and before their language arts and math classes.  The Mentors help students reflect on what has happened in various classes and begin to formulate an understanding of their individual approaches to learning. Mentors help students set goals, monitor their progress toward their goals, get started with homework assignments, and connect with their teachers if they are having difficulties in a class. The same mentors typically work with students during their entire middle school experience, so that a relationship of trust is built that fosters open conversations that promote the development of self-advocacy and self-regulation. 

Mentors keep parents apprised of their child’s progress on the transformative journey to becoming confident and strategic thinkers capable of success in school and in life.

Mentors are the primary contacts for each student’s parents. Mentors have the “big picture” of the students' work in each class, and keep parents apprised of problems and successes. Parents are encouraged to contact Mentors if they have questions or concerns or to check in to see how the student is doing.
  
"I believe that the heart and soul of Benchmark are the Mentors. Mentors are teachers who work with students individually to help us succeed. In addition, Mentors make Benchmark feel like a real community."
Van Tingley '13
Attending The Shipley School
"Before I came to Benchmark, I was taken out of class for reading and I felt different from everyone. Now I am reading on my own level of books and I don't feel different."
Julie Pozzuolo, Benchmark Middle School