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CityTutor DC catalyzes tutoring for thousands of students in DC, improving student well-being, accelerating academic performance, and enhancing talent systems in schools.

CityTutor DC’s work provides the necessary infrastructure to enable the city’s collaborative, multi-sector efforts to scale and improve high-impact tutoring (HIT).

Founded in early 2021, CityTutor DC supports 90+ schools, tutoring providers, local universities, community-based organizations, and government stakeholders to expand the scope and impact of quality tutoring available to DC’s students and families. CityTutor DC recruits, trains, and coaches partners citywide to launch and expand HIT programs serving DC’s most vulnerable students. CityTutor DC’s work is driven by national standards and aligned to the growing body of research supporting HIT as a proven and effective academic intervention. To date, our coalition of stakeholders has served nearly 15,000 students in DC public and public charter schools with high-impact tutoring.

CityTutor DC is an initiative of CityBridge Education, a nonprofit that incubates the people, ideas, and conversations needed for equity-driven innovation in schools.

High-impact tutoring (HIT) is a research-based practice of supplementing classroom instruction in small groups or one-on-one settings where a trained tutor and student meet frequently and consistently, with a focus on math and/or English Language Arts.

Our Impact

Summer 2021: 300 students received tutoring as schools supported by CityTutor DC piloted HIT.


Fall 2021: With students returning to classrooms, 3,700 more students received tutoring at our first cohort of schools.


Spring 2022: New partnerships were formed on an ongoing basis as we scaled tutoring to serve more students, with an additional 1,600 students receiving tutoring.


Summer 2022: An additional 600 students received tutoring, supported by CityTutor DC.


Fall 2022: Program launches help us exceed our ultimate goal.


White Paper: Establishing Roots

After a year of connecting, designing, supporting, and brokering, the CityTutor DC initiative has demonstrated how to build a tutoring ecosystem that serves students furthest from opportunity and that will last beyond the context of pandemic recovery.

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