The Riverside Educational Center (REC) offers after-school tutoring five days per week in 14-week blocks in the Fall and Spring semesters. Tutoring focuses on assistance with homework assignments followed by activities to develop reading, writing and math skills.

Elementary level tutoring (6 years old – 5th Grade) is conducted in small groups with individual assistance as needed. Each student has an individualized folder with a lesson plan prepared according to their academic needs based on testing data and/or teacher recommendations. Each student also has a homework log which serves as a communication link between teachers, REC staff and parents.


Elementary level tutoring is offered at the Dual Immersion Academy (REC Main), Rocky Mountain Elementary, Dos Rios Elementary and Fruitvale Elementary School.


Secondary level students (6th – 12th Grade) are assisted by content specific tutors covering a variety of academic areas so all their homework needs are met. In addition to homework help, computers are available for students to practice skill-building with a variety of on-line programs. REC staff members also monitor and assist with student progress through MCVSD 51’s ParentVue on-line portal.


Middle School tutoring (6th - 8th Grade) is offered at Orchard Mesa, Mount Garfield, Bookcliff and Grand Mesa Middle Schools.


High School tutoring (9th – 12th Grade) is available for any qualifying students and will take place at Grand Junction High School 4 days per week.


REC offers high-quality enrichment activities one evening per week and one or two Saturdays (programming varies) per month.

Elementary level enrichment (6 years old – 5th Grade) includes activities such as art, music, dance, cooking and LEGO building/technology. Classes are taught in a small group setting by professionally trained instructors. Funding for arts and music enrichment instructors is provided by the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture.

Extra-curricular activities for 6th through 8th Grade students include service learning projects, field trips to museums and outdoor activities coordinated through our collaborating partners.

Summer Program

A 3-week Summer Program is available for 3 days per week in June.

Programming includes some basic skill work, though most activities are provided by REC’s collaborating partners. Activities include swimming, hiking, biking, visits to museums and service learning projects.

Community Building

REC follows Positive Youth Development principles to help our students develop socially and emotionally.

Keeping small student to tutor ratios and encouraging family involvement in REC programming allows younger students to feel part of a safe and supportive environment.

Encouraging our older students to work with their younger counterparts helps them become Youth Leaders in their community. They grow by taking on responsibilities within the program, setting good examples for the younger kids and building personal skills to use in the future.


Additionally, we have our Youth Leaders assist with developing REC’s collaborations with organizations in the greater Grand Junction community. This helps our young people develop a sense of pride in themselves and their community.