Schools of Hope

Through third grade, children learn to read. From fourth grade on, they read to learn. Research shows that third-grade reading proficiency is a powerful predictor of later academic achievement. A student who is not at least moderately successful in reading by the third grade is unlikely to graduate from high school. When kids read, they can succeed.

Schools of Hope, a United Way-led initiative in partnership with Racine Unified and Burlington Area School Districts, local businesses, and community members, provides young children with tutors on a regular basis to increase reading achievement in the early grades.

  • Friday, September 29, 2017: Schools of Hope Volunteer Tutor Application deadline. There will not be a spring application opportunity.
  • September 25-October 6: Tutor training. Mandatory for all tutors. New tutors will need to attend one two-hour training. Returning tutors will need to attend one refresher course. 
  • October 16-20: School orientations. Exact dates and times TBD. Attendance is optional. 
  • Week of October 23: Tutoring begins.

If you have questions about any aspect of Schools of Hope, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact Ana Sanchez at 262-898-2249 prior to completing the application.

Background Check
  • All volunteers must consent to and pass a background check conducted by the Racine County Sheriff's Department.
    • Volunteers who do not pass the background check will be notified and will not be placed in a tutor assignment.
    • Volunteers who pass the background check will not be notified.
  • All tutors, including new and returning tutors, are required to fulfill the training option selected on the application prior to receiving their tutor assignment. 
  • Training is mandatory for all Schools of Hope tutors. 
  • New tutor training is two hours. 
  • Returning tutor refresh is one hour, followed by an optional 30-minute discussion. Because Schools of Hope is focused on continuous improvement, it's important for returning tutors to begin the school year with an understanding of the tutoring strategies and best practices. Following the one-hour refresh, returning tutors are invited to participate in a discussion focused on sharing tips and strategies with other volunteers.