One-on-One Tutoring Program


Tutoring at Breakthrough involves working with an assigned student one-on-one to answer questions, review class material, prepare for tests, and develop effective study habits. We especially need tutors in higher-level math, science, and history, although expertise in all subject areas is welcome. Our tutors have included local high school students, college students, working professionals, and other adults who wish to make a lasting impact in the lives of our motivated 9th - 12th grade students.

Note: Tutoring is not offered on a drop-in basis; instead students and tutors commit to a regular weekly schedule. Volunteers are paired with a student (or more if interested) depending on their availability and the subjects in which they are comfortable tutoring.


We encourage high school and college students to apply, but also welcome other community members familiar with the key subjects needed. We seek tutors for various subjects, but especially higher level math, science, and history.


Breakthrough operates tutoring across two locations, listed below. When completing the volunteer application, you will be prompted to select your preference for either one or both.

  • Hoover Middle School -- 1635 Park Avenue, San Jose
  • Portable 1 at Franklin McKinley School District Office site, 645 Wool Creek Drive, San Jose


The days tutoring is available depends on the location. Tutoring is offered two days per week at each location. The first sessions begin at 3:00 pm, and the last at 6:00 pm. The minimum commitment required for tutoring is one hour per week on a regular basis for three months; the full semester is preferred, if possible. Additional volunteer time is available. The tutoring application will prompt you to indicate your preferred days and time frames. New tutors must attend a one-hour orientation. Information about the next scheduled orientation will be provided shortly after your application is reviewed.

  • Monday and Wednesday only -- Hoover Middle School
  • Tuesday and Thursday only -- Portable 1, Franklin McKinley School District Office, 645 Wool Creek Drive, San Jose

Interested in applying? With the end of the school year approaching, as of April 2018 we are no longer placing new tutors for the 2017-18 school year. We still encourage you to complete this application so our staff may follow-up with you in preparation for the 2018-19 academic year. Thank you!   

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