After-School Program

The Tutoring Experience

Tutor in our after-school program in fall 2019, supporting the success of our motivated fifth – eighth graders from underserved communities across San Francisco. We’re looking for adults, college students, high school students, and eighth graders at SF Day School.

Volunteers are matched with the same students – barring absences – each session, ensuring that they build close relationships and learn how to best support their students. Volunteers receive extensive training and ongoing support from Breakthrough’s staff.

All programming takes place at San Francisco Day School (350 Masonic Avenue at Golden Gate Avenue). 


The fall tutoring commitment is one afternoon per week from the week of October 7 to the week of December 2, 2019, as well as required training sessions and follow-up work. 

Tutors who are in eighth grade at SF Day School volunteer on Mon or Wed, typically for the first hour only (3:30 – 4:40 pm). Tutors who are in high school or older will volunteer for the full two hours on Mon (3:30 – 5:30 pm), Tue (4 – 6 pm), Wed (3:30 – 5:30 pm), or Thu (4 – 6 pm). Note that Mon and Wed afternoons are mostly fifth and sixth grade students in smaller groups, while Tue and Thu afternoons are mostly seventh and eighth grade students in larger groups.

Teaching Opportunity

In addition to tutoring, volunteers high school age and older who are interested in an additional leadership opportunity can apply to teach a class. After tutoring on Mon and Wed, select volunteers teach a self-designed academic/elective class of 5-10 fifth and sixth grade students. Teachers must submit a lesson plan each week and are observed during each lesson.

Please note that the number of teaching positions is limited, and that those opting to teach are expected to spend time outside of Breakthrough preparing for their classes.


The application to tutor in fall 2019 will be available in August. Successful applicants demonstrate enthusiasm, attention to detail, an interest in educational equity, and ideally prior experience working with middle school students.

To express interest and be notified when the application launches, please complete this brief form