About Cluster Tutoring

Cluster Tutoring provides a high-quality learning environment for over 100 elementary and high school students from Chicago's Austin community, as well as a richly rewarding experience for its volunteer tutors.

Tutoring Updates

What a great year at Cluster! See everyone in September. Don't forget Donut Day on June 13. And we still need volunteers; email or call us if you can work a shift.

Students & Families

A caring, committed volunteer can make a lasting difference in the life of a child, regardless of the child’s current level of academic ability. Working with a tutor not only sharpens academic skills, but also bolsters a student’s confidence.

Cluster accepts new students in grades K-8, with priority enrollment going to students in K-2. Students may remain in the program through grade 12. MORE >>


You don’t need special training to be a tutor – just patience, a desire to help, and 90 minutes one night a week during the school year. The atmosphere is relaxed and supportive, and tutors find they get as much out of the program as their students. MORE >>

Read to Succeed

Because reading is the key to academic success, Cluster has a focus on literacy. Our Structured Reading project, which is overseen by a certified reading specialist, has produced great results. MORE >>

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  • March 24, 2015
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One small step for reading

  • March 17, 2015
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