BASEC Branch

Belmont BASEC at Chenery – Workshops for kids!

BASEC Branch is intentionally designed to meet the needs of our 7th and 8th graders and their families.

We create a positive and supportive environment that motivates students to reach academic goals and take ownership of their learning. Modeled on our BASEC @ BHS program, Branch prepares students for the academic demands of Belmont High School through individualized executive function and content support.

This flexible program opens at the end of the school day and operates until 4:30 PM. Students enrolled in the Branch program sign themselves out at the end of the day.Our regular after school programming is still available for all families in grades 7 – 8. We make Branch an enrollment option or an “extra” benefit for any regularly-enrolled student.

Trevor Donahue, BASEC Academic Director

Trevor graduated Belmont High School in 2008, and Hartwick College in 2012 with a BA in Sociology. As a part of the Community Based Service Learning program at Hartwick, Trevor enjoyed volunteering at the local Boys and Girls Club. There, he and a few other sociology majors established a “Homework Room,” whereat local students had access to a quiet workspace, snacks, and free tutoring. Trevor spent the last few years working for BASEC, and for Chenery as a one-on-one Special Education Aide. At BASEC, he’s helped create a framework to promote executive function skills by establishing the Branch program, and the lower school Homework Club.

For details about BASEC Branch, please feel free to contact Trevor at Trevor.donahue@belmontbasec.org


Who can benefit from executive function support? Everyone!

Click on the links below to see sample individualized plans:

Student Athlete

Many students enrolled in BASEC’s Branch Program are also involved in athletics throughout the majority of the year. The Branch Program helps students with athletic commitments by creating individualized plans catering to each student’s schedule. These plans are also based on an executive function evaluation, and address student specific academic strengths and challenges. Branch is also great for student athletes in that it provides a quiet work space where students can develop a consistent after school routine.

Motivated High Achiever

Branch is not only designed for students who need help managing academics and after school responsibilities, it is also a great workspace for students who already have many of the work habits and organizational skills that are essential to academic success. The Branch Program provides a quiet workspace where students can develop a consistent work routine immediately after school. Students may access some of their school day teachers who host homework clubs and stay late after school. Students have access to Branch teachers familiar with the curriculum, and are available to help one-on-one on a daily basis.

Busy Bee

Much like how Branch can help student athletes manage their demanding after school schedules, the program also caters to students with other after school responsibilities such as music and PTO clubs. With the help of their parents, a number of students are able to manage the demands of both school and extracurricular activities. With a constantly increasing workload, managing these commitments can be overwhelming. Branch promotes managing these activities independently, taking much of the scheduling burden off parents, while providing individualized academic support in a range of executive function skills.

Studious, but disorganized student

For many middle schoolers, deficiencies in executive functioning skills have yet to negatively impact their grades. Branch helps address EF issues like organization before the academic content becomes challenging.

Disorganized and in need of academic support

The framework that informs our Branch programming is based on is promoting skills that fall under the category of “Executive Function.” These skills include organization, time management, assignment prioritization, assignment planning, metacognition. We’ve found that executive function skills become significantly more important as students approach high school, and are often overlooked as school day teachers prioritize preparing students for content relating to high stakes exams. At Branch, we work with students and parents to coordinate an individualized plan that caters to each student’s strengths and challenges in regards to this skill set.


BASEC Branch Tuition 2017-2018

Branch Schedule Annual Tuition Bi-Monthly Payment Per Day
5-Day $3,010.00 $602.00 $16.72
4 Day (incl. Wed.) $2,600.00 $520.00 $18.06
4 Day (no Wed.) $2,310.00 $462.00 $16.04
3 Day (incl. Wed.) $2,125.00 $425.00 $19.68
3 Day (no Wed.) $1,900.00 $380.00 $17.59
2 Day (incl. Wed.) $1,660.00 $332.00 $23.06
2 Day (no Wed.) $1,400.00 $280.00 $19.44
1 Day (Wednesday) $1,140.00 n/a $31.67
1 Day (M, T, Th or F) $845.00 $169.00 $23.47

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