Large-scale individual instruction at the high school level was virtually unheard of until The MATCH School pioneered it in the summer of 2002. Tutors for All founder Mark Destler was one of a small group of MATCH educators involved in the design and implementation of its first tutorial programs on the MIT campus. Originally a skeptic, he was quickly won over by the elegance of the model and its incontrovertible results.
With the zeal of the recently converted, he took the MATCH work-study model to City on a Hill and Codman Academy, creating “Tutors for All” programs that provided every 9th and 10th grader with between two and four hours of individualized instruction per week. In each case, the results were astounding. Levels of student proficiency on the MCAS jumped thirty points in just a few years (two and a half at City on a Hill, and one and a half at Codman), completely closing the achievement gap between these high-poverty schools and state averages. The program continued to grow.
Over the last 8 years, Tutors for All has run 25+ programs, affected over 1000 students, and employed over 1000 college undergraduate and graduate students. Tutors for All has now worked in elementary schools, middle schools, junior high schools, and high schools. This year the program has grown to include more full time staff members and is running more programs simultaneously than ever before. In 2009, Tutors for All partnered with Third Sector New England, a non-profit organization which lends human resources, financial planning, and administrative support for growing non-profits. Tutors for All plans to continue its growth in the coming years. Its goal: the eradication of the achievement gap in Boston and (eventually) the United States.