* Tutoring Learning Superheroes


Accelerate Northfield knows any youngster can be a learning superhero. That’s because its scores of volunteer tutors have helped students in Northfield public schools take flight toward lofty academic goals since 2011.

Accelerate Northfield is a collaboration among parents, community members and organizations dedicated to improving the academic performance of local students. Nearly all of the students assisted in their studies have attended School District 659’s three elementary schools.

Doing the heavy lifting in encouraging students to take steps toward superhero status – in other words, making strides in academic performance – has been community volunteers. These tutors, ranging in age from college students to seniors, work with students either on a one-on-one basis or in small groups in reading or math.

Accelerate Northfield continues to seek community members to join its team of tutors. Information about becoming a tutor appears on Accelerate Northfield’s website, www.acceleratenorthfield.org.



* Volunteer to Tutor Now!


Welcome to Accelerate Northfield, and welcome to the 2019-20 school year in the Northfield Public Schools!

We enter the year with high hopes for success for ALL of students, regardless of color, ethnicity, economic status, belief system or gender.

Our community – full- and part-time residents, college students and business professionals, among that group – has been an active partner in helping our district and our students to reach lofty achievements.

You can join that partnership, too, with the help of Accelerate Northfield.

Click here to read more TUTORING SEASON IS HERE!




* Signing Up is a Snap


Accelerate Northfield seeks members of the Northfield community to become volunteer reading and math tutors in the Northfield Public Schools.

Becoming a tutor is as easy as 1, 2, 3 (and 4, in this case). If you have questions about this process or need assistance, contact Accelerate’s coordinator, Michael Garlitz, at mgarlitz@northfieldschools.org.

STEP 1: Fill out the Volunteer Questionnaire.

We use information from this form to set up your volunteer account. Your contact information will remain confidential and we will never send you spam or junk mail. Once this information is received, tutor candidates will be contacted by Accelerate Northfield.

Volunteer Questionnaire

STEP 2: Complete the Volunteer Background Check.

Each year, the School District requires that volunteers complete a Volunteer Background Check and sign a confidentiality acknowledgement.

There are two ways to complete this step. First, the background check form can be completed online. You will receive a link to that webpage soon after Accelerate Northfield receives your Volunteer Questionnaire.

Or, if you choose, you can receive the background check packet — which also includes volunteer guidelines, confidentiality acknowledgment and background screening standards — in PDF form via email shortly after you submit the questionnaire above.  If you do not receive the form, please let us know by sending us an email at mgarlitz@northfieldschools.org.

Please print clearly and legibly on your background check form. The return address is included in the forms.

Accelerate Northfield will inform you when your background check is complete and you may begin volunteering.

STEP 3: Complete the Volunteer Orientation.

Once you have submitted your background check, you should complete the Volunteer Orientation.  To complete the orientation, all you have to do is go to the Volunteer Orientation page of our website and watch the videos there by clicking on the links.  The orientation is a series of short videos that cover many topics, including how to enter the school building, volunteer expectations, and managing student behavior.  Before volunteering, you are encouraged to watch the orientation videos covering Volunteer Expectations and Mandated Reporting & Bullying.

Step 4: Sign up for a Tutoring Opportunity.

Once your background check has cleared, Accelerate will contact you with instructions on how to view and navigate our online volunteer sign up system.  Once you have found a tutoring opportunity that is right for you, all you have to do is sign up and you’re on your way to helping mold a learning superhero!