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“I've been teaching at this school for years. I thought this was an unknown neighborhood – but there are people out there who care… I'm overwhelmed with gratitude at the number of people here today.”

Laura Spiering, teacher at El Dorado Elementary School in Visitacion Valley (at the school's one-day makeover and clean-up)

Tutors & Enrichment Volunteers

54% of San Francisco high school students are reading at grade level. 53% are proficient in math. You can help teachers raise those percentages. In fact, 91% of teachers that had classroom volunteers last year reported that students showed increased academic skills, thanks to working with a volunteer.

As a tutor you will provide needed one-on-one attention that teachers often cannot provide due to their need to lead the class, and engage students with enrichment subjects that help them learn core subjects in fun ways.


Tutors work with students on core academic subjects—like math, English, or science—or in enrichment subjects—like technology, art, gardening, or chess. They can work with students one-on-one or in small groups. Elementary, middle, and high schools need enrichment volunteers before, during, and after school.

Commitment/Days and Times

Minimum commitment time for Tutors and Enrichment Volunteers is one hour a week for a school semester. Volunteers can help in the classroom during the school day (8:00 am – 3:00 pm) or in after school programs (3:00 pm – 5:00 pm). Schools also have occasional weekend opportunities.

Training and Clearance Needed


Every new volunteer attends a two-hour orientation to learn the roles and responsibilities of volunteers in the San Francisco Unified School District. Volunteers meet with our staff to discuss their interests and skills in order to find a placement that best fits them.

Application Packet

Volunteers must submit a completed volunteer packet containing the following documents:


The full cost for background clearance is $73.00 per person, and we ask every School Volunteers applicant to cover this cost through a donation to the San Francisco Education Fund. If you are able to contribute more than $73.00, your contribution will directly support the School Volunteers program, enabling us to extend this program to more students, teachers, schools, and volunteers.

The San Francisco Education Fund is committed to engaging the community in our city’s public schools, and we believe that everyone, regardless of means, should be able to volunteer in schools. As a result, the Education Fund raises funds for scholarships to off-set the cost of volunteer clearance for individuals who can’t afford to pay the full cost. If your current financial situation prevents you from paying the full $73.00, we ask that you contribute as much as you can, and we require all School Volunteers applicants to pay at least a small amount to demonstrate their commitment to volunteering. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please complete the scholarship form and bring it with you to orientation.