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Volunteer algebra tutors needed

Posted Jan 22, 2015


Freshmen in Madison-area high schools have more difficulty with Algebra 1 than any other class. And those who don’t pass Algebra 1 by 10th grade are half as likely to ever complete high school.

But you can help reverse the trend.

Achievement Connections is now recruiting volunteer tutors to work one-on-one with local high school students in need of Algebra support. Tutors provide support once per week exclusively for Algebra 1 classes at Madison Memorial, East and West High Schools, along with Middleton High School.

Over 60 UW-Madison students volunteered as tutors in the program’s first semester last fall.

Achievement Connections will eventually pair over 300 UW-Madison and community tutors with 400 area high school students most in need of Algebra 1 help. Each student and tutor will remain paired for at least one complete semester, building a trusting relationship that program leaders hope will stretch beyond math.

“Succeeding in algebra is certainly a big part of this program,” said Achievement Connections Campus Coordinator Jason Burke. “But these students also benefit from a tutor who is there consistently and who cares.”

The program is looking for any UW-Madison student who is comfortable as a tutor, proficient in algebra and able to commit up to two hours each week for at least one semester. Comprehensive training will be provided for volunteers. 

Interested students should contact Jason Burke at

Achievement Connections is a partnership between United Way of Dane County, AmeriCorps, Madison Metropolitant School District, Middleton Cross Plains Area School District and the Morgridge Center for Public Service.