Getting Started

Becoming a tutor in Northfield elementary schools is as easy as 1, 2, 3 (and 4, in this case). If you have questions about this process or need assistance, contact Accelerate Northld at

The first step in becoming a tutor is to provide Accelerate Northfield with some contact information. We use the information you provide in the form below to set up your volunteer account. Your contact information will remain confidential and we will never send you spam or junk mail.

Step 1: Fill out the Volunteer Questionnaire.

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. You will receive the background check packet — which also includes volunteer guidelines, confidentiality acknowledgement and background screening standards — via email shortly after you submit the Volunteer Questionnaire above.  If you do not receive the form, please let us know by sending us an email ( and we will get you a form.

The form packlet also is available by clicking here.

Please print clearly and legibly on your background check form.

Mail the completed background check form to Arleene Gallardo, Northfield Public Schools, 1400 Division Street South, Northfield, MN 55057. You can also email a scanned copy of your completed form to

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 must 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 us close the achievement gap!

If you would rather meet with one of the Tutor Coordinators (Amy and Michael) in person to arrange a tutoring session, please let them know and they will be happy to set up a meeting.  Their contact information is on the “Contact Us” page.


Additional Information.

  • Accelerate Northfield relies on online volunteer sign up and school-building check in systems.  If you have any difficulties with these systems, please let us know so we can arrange alternatives.
  • Though our tutors each have a unique experience through Accelerate, all have reported that they have felt very rewarded by their work through us.

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