Programs - Tutoring ChicagoTutoring Chicago


Tutoring Chicago matches volunteers one-to-one with children in grades 1-6.
Tutoring is offered at four locations.

  • St. Vincent de Paul Center, 2145 N Halsted St. (Lincoln Park)
  • Goethe Elementary School, 2236 N Rockwell St. (Logan Square)
  • Hope Institute Learning Academy, 1628 W Washington Blvd. (Near West Side)
  • XS Tennis and Education Foundation, 5336 S State St. & Oakwood Shores Community Center, 3859 S Vincennes Ave (Hyde Park)

Tutoring sessions are from 6:00-7:30pm*. Tutors are expected to arrive on time and stay for the duration of the session.


Tutoring Chicago provides individualized tutoring programs to economically disadvantaged students with the guidance and support of a dedicated community volunteer.

Tutoring sessions are held throughout the school year on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

SMART program: Our SMART program focuses on five areas of student achievement: Social Skills, Mathematics, Accountability, Reading, and Technology. Each site location is stocked with a wide variety of high-quality resources and activities designed to meet each student at their academic level. Sessions are held once a week for 90 minutes.

LIT program: The Literacy Intensive Tutoring program is a structured reading curriculum. Students and tutors will focus on a variety of literacy components including letters and sounds, sight words, writing, and reading comprehension. This is not a homework program, students will be assessed and must qualify for this program. Qualifying students are considered to have difficulties reading at grade level and show an academic need for extra instruction in reading and writing. Students attend tutoring two sessions a week.

E-tutoring program: Tutors and students meet on a weekly basis in a virtual classroom to review and strengthen math concepts covered during the students in-school instructional period. Our tutors and students worked with a curriculum, created by the student’s teacher, which includes detailed feedback and support after each session.


Tutoring Chicago makes matches in four different ways.

One-on-One (1:1) – Meet weekly with your assigned student. This preference requires weekly commitment to the child. It is the most common option.

Two-on-One (2:1) – Two tutors are assigned to one student. One tutor attends each week. The tutors communicate with each other to work out a schedule. The commitment is essentially every other week.

Two-on-Two (2:2) – Two tutors are assigned to two students and meet weekly. When one tutor is absent, the remaining tutor works with both students. This is a common choice for friends or spouses who want to volunteer together.

One-on-Two (1:2) – One tutor is assigned to two students and meet weekly. At the start of the year, we often have a surplus of students. We ask some tutors to work with two students (for up to 10 weeks) each while we recruit and train more volunteers