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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

Get ready for the Fall Frolic! On Oct. 25 and 27, tutor-student pairs will spend half of their tutoring time on reading and homework, then join the group so students can earn candy by answering academic questions. No costumes, please.

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: Lia Colbert

  • October 18, 2016
Lia Colbert thought she was ready to switch careers and become a teacher. But she decided...

Tutor spotlight: Jackie Eckholm and David Wilson

  • October 1, 2016
What David Wilson and Jackie Eckholm love about Cluster Tutoring is the fact that they learn...

Tutor spotlight: Dave and Janet Kenealy

  • September 20, 2016
Dave and Janet Kenealy have 18 years of tutoring between them. They didn’t start out at...