One-on-One Tutoring Services in Rochester and Online

Language Arts & Math

While we are located in Rochester, Minnesota we serve students in our Rochester building and 35% of our students meet with their tutors ONLINE!

Attention Best of Basics Parents: Are you interested in having your child enroll in tutoring? Watch this brief introduction to tutoring and The Reading Center with Best of Basics summer coordinator Lillian Stewart.

Have questions?

Contact our Program Navigator

To learn more about starting your student in tutoring please reach out to our Program Navigator at        507-288-5271 or

Reading Center Results

We know what we do works, as our annual client rechecks consistently show that 95% of our students make reading gains.

Internal data of our students show that our approach to teaching is very effective. Independent evaluation of our services has shown that our students increase their skills at rates that “exceed outstanding gains.”  

Once per year, we provide our students with skills rechecks to gauge their progress in our program. Every student starts at a different place; however, recent re-testing data shows that almost 70% of our students make more than one grade level of progress in one year, and more than 10% of our students make more than 3 years of growth in one year!

The hallmark of The Reading Center is our 1:1 tutoring program. Upholding excellence in professional practice, our tutoring program is accredited nationally through the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE), which recognizes performance, integrity, and quality of the tutoring program.

Students who wish to begin tutoring are first assessed to determine learning challenges. (See more information on Testing options). They are then matched with one of our 45 Orton-Gillingham trained tutors based on availability and student need. Each lesson is individually catered to that student's needs by one of our highly skilled tutors. All of our tutors have successfully completed our Basic Orton-Gillingham Training Institute course, a 120-hour graduate level class that includes supervised student practicum.  Most of our tutors have also gone on to complete our Advanced Orton-Gillingham Training Institute course. Two Reading Center tutors are Fellows of the AOGPE and one is Certified. Our training program is accredited by AOGPE and the International Dyslexia Association. 

Click here to learn more about the Orton-Gillingham Approach.

Most of our students work with a tutor for one hour, 2x per week. As it takes time for significant growth in reading, most students are tutored for at least a year. Some need several years. 

The Reading Center has tutors working with students in Minnesota and across the country. 35% of our students work with their tutors ONLINE!

Tutoring services are billed monthly at a rate of $51.50 per hour for students in 1st to 5th grade and $54.50 per hour for 6th grade to adult. Session cost is prorated for 45-minute sessions, and group rates differ when students can be matched together in groups of two or three.

As a nonprofit, we try to keep our costs as low as possible to families. We do not want anyone to be turned away due to inability to pay so scholarships and payments plans are available!

To apply for a scholarship, visit our Scholarship page here.