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About Cluster Tutoring

Cluster Tutoring provides a high-quality learning environment for over 100 elementary and high school students from Chicago's Austin community, as well as a richly rewarding experience for its volunteer tutors.

Tutoring Updates

Check the calendar link above for information about student registration, tutor orientation, and more. Tutoring starts Sept. 27 and 29.

Students & Families

A caring, committed volunteer can make a lasting difference in the life of a child, regardless of the child’s current level of academic ability. Working with a tutor not only sharpens academic skills, but also bolsters a student’s confidence.

Cluster accepts new students in grades K-8, with priority enrollment going to students in K-2. Students may remain in the program through grade 12. MORE >>


You don’t need special training to be a tutor – just patience, a desire to help, and 90 minutes one night a week during the school year. The atmosphere is relaxed and supportive, and tutors find they get as much out of the program as their students. MORE >>

Read to Succeed

Because reading is the key to academic success, Cluster has a focus on literacy. Our Structured Reading project, which is overseen by a certified reading specialist, has produced great results. MORE >>

Tutor spotlight: Sylvia Menninga

  • August 21, 2016
Among the best resources at Cluster Tutoring are the libraries, which offer students a wide variety...

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  • August 18, 2016
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Tutor spotlight: Marge Lyon

  • August 2, 2016
Marge Lyon has been a Cluster tutor since 1998, tutoring three students over the course of...