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Free tutoring is available to all Starr Hill Pathways scholars, and required for scholars earning below a C in core classes.

We provide an academic tutoring program to students within our local community that is convenient, enriching, and rewarding. In partnership with undergraduate students from the University of Virginia, our mission is to empower our students to achieve their educational goals by ensuring that learning is inclusive and transformative for everyone.

Multilingual tutoring

Research and experience show that when multilingual students receive content in their first language, they are more likely to retain subject matter. We offer tutoring in English and Spanish, and other languages when possible, so that all students have equal access to this support service.

Esther Poveda's SPAN 3030, Sí se pueda: Community Engagement in Spanish Speaking Charlottesville, worked to build a library of Spanish language math and science terms to assist Spanish speaking students.

Starr Bucks Rewards

Starr Bucks Rewards is our incentive program to encourage students to actively engage in tutoring. We believe that they will be more involved in tutoring and motivated to improve academically when they are rewarded for their consistency, hard work and perseverance. Students are recommended for tutoring when any of their core subject grades fall below a “C”.

Starr Bucks can be earned when students successfully complete up to three (3) categories of incentives:

  1. Acceptable Attendance – Students are eligible for $20 in Starr Bucks if they attend at least 70% of all of their scheduled tutoring sessions.
  2. Participation in SHP Programming – Students are eligible for $30 in Starr Bucks for each Starr Hill programming day they attend  each semester (up to 3).
  3. Improvement of Grades – Students are eligible for $10 in Starr Bucks per grade (up to $50) for every grade that improves by the end of the semester (e.g. from a “D” to a “C”), or if they get all A’s and B’s.

This program provides students the benefit of earning up to $100 in Starr Bucks by the end of each semester that they can redeem from a selection of popular gift cards. This also teaches them the value of working hard and the advantages of saving towards a special goal. 

Our program motto is, “The more you learn, the more you earn…”.


Starr Hill Pathways

Starr Hill Pathways provides the social, technical, and research infrastructure to redress educational inequities that persist in the Charlottesville-Albemarle region.