Tutoring at Breakthrough Silicon Valley (BTSV) 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.


When and Where?

BTSV operates in two school districts in San Jose. When completing the online application, please indicate your preference for site:

Franklin-McKinley School District (FMSD)

  • Sylvandale Middle School (653 Sylvandale Avenue, San Jose, CA 95111) - Mondays

  • Bridges Academy (1702 McLaughlin Avenue, San Jose, CA 95122) - Tuesdays

  • FMSD Office, Portable 1 (645 Wool Creek Drive, San Jose, CA 95112) - Thursdays

San Jose Unified School District (SJUSD)

  • BTSV Office (Hoover Middle School, 1635 Park Avenue, Room 138, San Jose, CA 95126) - Mondays & Wednesdays

Tutoring is offered once a week at each location, with the exception of Hoover. Available tutoring hours are from 3:00pm to 7:00pm; the first session begins at 3:00 pm, and the last at 6:00 pm. The minimum commitment required is one hour per week on a regular basis for three months; the full semester is preferred. The tutoring application will prompt you to indicate preferred days and time frames. In addition, all new tutors will need to attend an orientation.


Interested in applying?

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



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