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 math, science and history, although expertise in all subject areas is welcome.

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 (10th grade and above) 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. The tutoring application will prompt you to indicate your preferred days and time frames. All new tutors are welcome to a one-hour orientation.

  • 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? We are currently seeking tutors for the 2019-2020 academic year. Apply here.

Questions?  Please email