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 The Rise Program is currently full.  Please read the eligibility requirements and

apply below to join the wait list.  

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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 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. Students have the option of attending tutoring in-person or online during the 2023-24 academic year. 

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 in 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 email us at to schedule an online orientation meeting. 


​​Tutoring Schedule: 

Tutoring is offered 4 days a week Mondays through Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Caltech's campus.  Remote tutoring is offered to students who need a more flexible schedule. Students must attend 2 days a week. The staff will work with students and families to try to accommodate different schedules.


Tutoring takes place in the Hameetman Student Center on Caltech's Campus. Tutoring is also offered online. More details about tutoring options will be provided during the orientation.

Participation Fees: 

$200 for the 2023-24 academic year 

Payments: Payments can be made in 1 or 2 installments within 30 days of start date. We accept cash, credit cards or check (payable to the Caltech Y). If you require installments over a longer period of time due to financial difficulty, please speak to a staff member during enrollment.  


Need-based scholarships are available.  To apply for a scholarship please

submit a completed application to

The student participation fees are for administrative costs (program staff and online platform fees) and are not reflective of the tutoring service. The tutoring service is free of charge and will continue to be provided by Caltech students.


Questions? Contact us at

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


  • Be a student between the 8th grade and 12th grade


  • 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). Priority is given to PUSD Students. 


  • 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.

student eligibility

1. Complete the online application.  All new and returning students are required to fill out the online application. 


2. New students and at least one parent/guardian must come to an online orientation meeting prior to the first day of tutoring. Appointments can be made Monday – Friday. 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. 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.  

application process

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