A student that is not performing at grade level needs you! Help a child get caught up with one-on-one tutoring. It is important to provide tutoring in kindergarten and first-grade to prevent a student from falling further behind where he/she may never catch-up.
How It Works
Commit to one hour per week
Tutoring sessions last up to one hour. Volunteer must commit to at least one tutoring session at the same time each week.
Complete the FREE Duval County Public Schools background check
Adult volunteers submit this online volunteer application. Then, proceed directly to the next step as sometimes that system fails to send emails even though clearance has been granted.
High school students complete this DCPS paper form and bring it to orientation.
Tell us about you
We’ll work with the classroom teachers to make the best student match – based both on student needs and times available.
Attend a one-hour orientation
Your first tutor session will be an opportunity to meet your classroom teacher, learn about the school’s security protocol, get a tour of the school, learn about resources available to you as a tutor, and get answers to any questions you might have. Please be sure to bring your driver’s license or other government issued ID so you can be added to the school’s security system.
Meet your students and watch them go!
When you help a child perform better in school, you can change the course of his/her life. We believe relationships really matter. This is why at Know & Grow you’ll work one-on-one with the same student each week.
Enjoy making a meaningful difference in the life of a child!
These young children thrive on the extra assistance with the alphabet, numbers, sounds, and the enjoyment of reading.
Qualifications to tutor one-on-one:
- Are you available to volunteer during school hours?
- Can you devote at least one hour one day a week?
- Commitment to and belief in all children’s ability to succeed
- Patient, friendly, reliable, and non-judgmental attitude
- Ability to listen and determine what the student does not understand
The classroom teacher provides wordbooks, flashcards, and other tools that are specific to the needs of their students. All supplies and materials are provided. No prep work is required. Just bring your smiling face!
Our goal is for tutoring to start as soon as possible. However, your start date can take several days to several weeks, depending on a variety of factors including your availability schedule. Tutors who have more scheduling flexibility are often placed more quickly.
Consistency is important with your student, but we understand that everyone has busy schedules and scheduling conflicts will arise. Let Linda know ahead of time so that we can inform the teacher and schedule a substitute.
We enroll students based on teacher priority and schedule. If you wish to work with the same student from a prior year, then let Linda know before your first session so we can see if that is possible. However, we can’t promise to keep the same tutor/student pairs in first grade as in kindergarten based on the referral status and scheduling conflicts.
We enroll students on a rolling basis. You can get started anytime during the school year. You do not need to wait until the beginning of the next grading cycle.
As soon as students are matched with a tutor they are enrolled. Students are enrolled for up to two tutoring sessions each week, and on average, students complete 30 tutoring sessions within the school year. Students are re-evaluated each year to ensure high needs students are prioritized for tutoring.
No, Florida students already undergo plenty of tests. All testing is performed by the school. When the student raises to grade level, the teacher may withdraw the student from tutoring as there may be another child that needs help getting caught up.
Our students are referred by their teachers. If your child is a student at one of our school sites, speak with their teacher about the possibility of getting him/her referred to our tutoring program.