After-School Program

The Tutoring Experience

Tutor in our after-school program in the fall semester of 2020, 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 5 to the week of November 30, 2020, 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, either for the first hour only (3:30 – 4:40 pm), or, optionally, for the full two hours (3:30 – 5:30 pm). Tutors who are in high school or older 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, select volunteers teach a self-designed academic/elective class of 5-10 fifth and sixth grade students (Mon/Wed) or seventh and eighth grade students (Tue/Thu). 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 2020 will be available in August and will be due Fri, Sept 11 (SF Day eighth graders) or Fri, Sept 18 (all other applicants). To express interest and receive notification when the application launches, please complete this brief form. Questions can be directed to Michael Duryee-Browner, Director of Curriculum and Instruction.