Academic Support

Providing our students with resources to help them be successful

504 Coordination

Section 504 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination based upon disability. Section 504 is an anti-discrimination, civil rights statute that requires the needs of students with disabilities to be met as adequately as the needs of the non-disabled are met. BMS Counselors coordinate and oversee all 504 accommodations.


Many of the grade level House teams provide an Academic Hour opportunity for their House students. Academic Hour days and times vary according to House and grade level. Information is sent home with students and/or is listed in the BMS newsletter. Contact your student’s teacher or counselor for additional information.

Individual Student Support

After-school and study hall assistance is available for BMS students needing individual assistance with academics. Parents and/or students are encouraged to speak with their House teachers or counselor to make arrangements for academic support.


The Ninth Hour After-School Program is offered each quarter to students who are identified as at-risk for academic failure. Placement in this program is limited to three students per House and requires administrative approval. Students are monitored on a quarterly basis for continuation or removal from Ninth Hour.


All parents are encouraged to contact the BMS media center to sign up for Parent Portal access. Parent Portal information provides weekly updates of students’ grades, including scores on daily assignments, quizzes and unit exams. Once a parent is registered and provided with a password, he/she will be able to monitor his/her student’s grades at all grade levels. More information about our Parent Portal component is available through the counseling office.


Qualified tutors are available to provide after school academic assistance. The BMS Counseling staff has a list of adult tutors who are certified to provide needed academic support. There is a cost for these services. Parents can contact the Counseling Office for a list of current tutors in the Bettendorf area.


Saturday School is offered throughout the school year for students who are failing one or more academic courses. This opportunity is coordinated and staffed by Bettendorf Middle School teachers and administrators. Teachers, administrators and parents can recommend students for mandatory attendance at Saturday School. Each session runs from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and students receive individual assistance in completing academic assignments, projects and/or tests. Students recommended for attendance at Saturday School are notified that week, and their parents are notified by phone/email as well.

Structured Study Hall Placement

Students are placed in smaller, structured study halls with additional adult support. Assignments are monitored and collected on a daily basis. Consideration for structured study hall placement includes: teacher recommendation, quarterly grades, work ethic and ITBS scores. Contact your child’s counselor for more information on this learning support.