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The Rise Program

Tutor Information

If you are a Caltech student who is interested in becoming a tutor, please go to the Tutor Information Page.

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About The Program

The Rise Program is a low-cost afterschool math and science-focused tutoring program that serves public school students between grades 8 and 12. The tutoring takes place on the Caltech campus Monday-Thursday from 4pm-6pm. Students must attend 2 days a week. The tutoring is provided by Caltech undergraduate and graduate students. The program is designed to help students gain greater competency in math foundations, improve skills in math and science and prepare students for college-level math and science.

The tutoring is set up in small groups (average ratio of 1 tutor: 2 students) and students are matched with tutors based on student courses and tutor preferences. A typical session can range from homework help or studying for a class test to preparing for the math portion of the SATs. Therefore it is of utmost importance that students come prepared with a strong work ethic, a positive and open attitude as well as all materials (books, notes, assignments, etc.).

Rise Calendar 2018-19

Student Eligibility Requirements

To apply for the Rise Program, each student must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a student between the 8th grade and 11th grade (12th grade students should only be returning students)

  • Be enrolled in a public school (including charter schools) within a 10 mile radius of the California Institute of Technology (or a reasonable driving distance to be on time)

  • Be receiving a C+ or lower in math and/or science or experiencing steadily declining grades in math and/or science.

  • Have an overall GPA of 2.0 or above.  

  • Be a student with a commitment to working hard, completing homework and “doing whatever it takes” to be a better student in math and science and a successful college student.

Application Process

  1. Fill out the online application (available until December 1st). All new and returning students are required to fill out the online application. Returning students who have good status (consistent attendance and positive ratings from the program) will have priority status. Returning student applications will be processed first if there are a limited number of spaces in the program. All other applications will be placed on a waiting list until space becomes available.

  2. New students and at least one parent/guardian must come to an orientation meeting prior to the first day of tutoring. Appointments can be made Mondays- Fridays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. At the orientation meeting, there will be a discussion of the student’s needs and parents are asked to sign a Waiver of Release and Liability to complete enrollment.

  3. After the orientation meeting the program staff will work to make the best match for the student based on tutor and schedule availability. Students and parents will be notified by email or phone of the tutor match and start date. Students should arrive to the first session with all materials (books, notes, assignments, etc.) and ready to discuss their academic and classroom situation so that tutors can more efficiently work with them. 

    Rise Program Application 2018-19

New Students:

Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) students will be admitted first. PUSD students have until December 1st to apply for the program. After December 1st, if space allows, students outside of PUSD will be enrolled into the program. In addition to filling out the online application new students need to submit the following:

  1. Teacher Recommendation Form
  2. Unofficial Transcript

After collecting these documents please contact the Caltech Y office at 626-395-6163 to schedule an orientation meeting. 


Participation Fees

The student participation fees are for administrative costs (program staff, materials, room set-up and custodial) and are not reflective of the tutoring service. The tutoring service is free of charge and will continue to be provided by Caltech students. 

Below is the fee structure. We accept cash, credit cards or check (payable to the Caltech Y):

    1. Application Fee: $15
    2. Annual Participation Fee: $200
    3. Payments: Payments can be made in 1 or 2 installments within 30 days of start date. (If you require installments over a longer period of time due to financial difficulty, please speak to a staff member during enrollment.)

A limited number of scholarships will be awarded based on availability and financial need. To apply for a scholarship:

  1. Complete the Scholarship Application (Spanish)
  2. Submit a copy of your Meal Eligibility Letter

Tutoring Schedule and Location

Tutoring Schedule:
Tutoring is offered 4 days a week Mondays through Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Students must attend 2 days a week. The staff will work with students and families to try to accommodate different schedules.

The tutoring room is called the Winnett Lounge. It is located on the 2nd floor of the Winnett Student Center above the Caltech Campus Bookstore. 

Student Pick-up and Drop-off:
Students should be dropped off and picked up at the corner of Holliston Ave. and San Pasqual St.


Contact Information

The Caltech Y
Rise Tutoring Program
Phone: (626) 395-6163


The Rise Program is supported in part with funds received from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Foundation.