STUDENTS, by offering 1:1 and small group assistance to improve academic, social, and emotional learning.

SCHOOLS, by providing qualified, culturally responsive classroom assistance to help teachers and students succeed.

TUTORS, by providing paid training and classroom experience, and access to professional networking.


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We serve over 1000 students in grades K-12 each year, improving the abilities of underperforming or struggling students, and helping historically marginalized students with identity affirmation and formation.


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We partner with K-12 schools in the Puget Sound region, providing both in-person and online tutoring services to meet school and classroom needs. Our tutors support teachers with group instruction, classroom activities, and special projects, as well as 1:1.


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Our more than 50 tutors – from college and university students, to career-switchers, parents, and community members – gain knowledge about the classroom, competitive pay, and a network of supports as they make a difference to students and schools.

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Our public school systems are challenged in their ability to serve all students well. With limited classroom resources and a majority of teachers who do not represent the cultures and backgrounds of the students they serve, achievement gaps begin early and widen over time. This makes it difficult for historically resilient students to succeed academically, stay in school, prepare for college, and ultimately, compete for today’s highly-skilled careers. TIPS promotes equity, contributing to the closure of achievement gaps by putting representative, culturally responsive tutors into schools to elevate students, support teachers, and improve learning for all.

  • Students: receive academic support from an additional caring adult – ideally one with whom they can connect and receive emotional, social, and cultural support as well.
  • Schools: access diverse, flexible, qualified, cost efficient support staff, while TIPS manages employment and administrative responsibilities.



  • Teachers: benefit from classroom support and collaboration, which allows them to maximize their time teaching, planning, and working with individual students.
  • Tutors: receive PAID in-classroom experience, exposure to education systems, and access to a network of professional mentors.