Academic Support Through Partnerships

“From being a mentor to a friend, my Aspire tutor not only gave me a better understanding and confidence in my academic success, but has helped me become a better version of myself.”

- Rafael, Boys & Girls Club student

Over 15 years, Aspire has partnered with dozens of Bay Area organizations, designing custom programs that have empowered thousands of students to reach greater results in college entrance exams or increased confidence and achievement levels in subjects in which they’ve struggled. That 15 years of experience has given us a plethora of experience to learn what works best in a variety of settings. While many of our programs typically deal with the SAT, ACT, or high school entrance exams, our specialists provide 1-on-1 and small group support in all subjects.

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Test Prep Workshops

With the stress and stakes of standardized testing, a relatively cheap course can have a profound impact on student trajectories. Many of our test prep workshops have propelled high school juniors to become the first in their families to attend college. Our specialists adjust their approach to each student’s individual strengths and needs, whether the course is twelve weeks long or as short as four. Just last year, the average increase in score from our SAT course was 280 points!

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First Graduate Scholars

Aspire partner since 2016

Aspire created a custom ten-week ACT class for two groups of 11th graders at San Francisco-based First Graduate. These scholars planned on becoming the first in their families to attend and graduate from college. Our instructors worked with the students in small groups and lecture-style classes to ensure they knew what to expect on the test and how to use their time most effectively. They applied their new content knowledge and test-taking strategies along the way on practice tests and finally on the official exam. Over the span of the course, the students increased their ACT scores across all sections of the test, with composite scores going up 4 to 8 points overall.

In-School Support

Aspire also provides tutoring on campus during the school day. We are on campus at Head Royce, Bentley Upper School, and at the Bay School of San Francisco. Our school partnerships provide quality support to individual students or small groups in any challenging subject. If your school is looking for thoughtful tutors to support students onsite, please reach out to us.

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Helping Rising Sun Students Build Careers

Aspire partner since 2017

Aspire has been working with Rising Sun Center for Opportunity's "Opportunity Build" program since 2017. Opportunity Build is a 12-month job readiness program for adults who are interested in starting a career in construction or entering a union apprenticeship. The program begins with a three month training, during which an Aspire tutor leads a math class for all the participants. The last 2019 cohort, taught by Chase Kamp, graduated on December 13th. By the end of the math class, the participants had improved their test scores by an average of 50%!

Educational Mentorship

Most tutoring is instructional, putting students in the passenger seat. The Aspire approach is just the opposite. Through a team of tutors stocked with content expertise and emotional intelligence, our students are asked questions that build on their prior knowledge and bring them to a stronger conceptual understanding of the material. We empower students to significantly alter their trajectories through this approach in every area from with students on everything from early literacy skills to college application essays.

That’s how our students not only meaningfully better their grades but are prepared to be successful in the next phase of their educational careers.

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Long Time Mentors with the Boys and Girls Clubs

Aspire partner since 2013

At the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco (BGCSF), Aspire provides specialized tutoring for students from kindergarten to high school in subjects ranging from early literacy and arithmetic to AP courses and SAT prep. Not only do our tutors provide exceptional academic support, they serve as inspirational mentors who guide their students, making lasting impressions to take into adulthood. At 11 of their 12 clubhouses, we empower more than 300 BGCSF students every year.

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