Achievement Connections

Why We’re Here

Algebra is the gateway to critical thinking, the sciences, and all of the career prospects that rely on them.  And yet, Algebra is one of the most frequently failed courses in Dane County.  This hurts students’ long-term prospects in higher education as well as in their career, but the problem is deeper than that.

We can’t address academic success without acknowledging the context that students live in. Issues of institutionalized racism, implicit bias, and systemic inequality are the root causes of disparities in academic outcomes.  They harm students all over the United States, and in Dane County too.

Achievement Connections is a partnership between the United Way of Dane County, the Madison Metropolitan School District, the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District, and the UW-Madison Morgridge Center for Public Service.  We’re here to support students trying to realize their full potential, despite the obstacles.

What We Do

Achievement Connections mobilizes the community to support student achievement in Algebra and Geometry.  We create the positive relationships that allow us to support students by pairing them with a tutor for at least an entire semester, if not an entire year.

We train and place math tutors in supervised tutoring centers across five Madison-Area high schools. Each school has its own team of volunteers, supported by AmeriCorps members and school staff.  We work closely with math teachers to wrap around the content and methods they use in class.

We combine warm-ups that build essential math skills with support for the content that students see every day, to make the most of every session. Our tutors coach students on their academic habits, support their quiz and test preparation, and act as an ally to help them keep trying when things get tough.

Achievement Connections currently has tutoring centers operating from 8am to 4:30pm, five days per week, at Middleton High School, James Madison Memorial High School, East High School, West High School, and LaFollette High School.

Join Our Mission

You can help a student in Algebra or Geometry by joining one of our school teams as a volunteer tutor. It only takes an hour a day, twice a week. If you’re new to tutoring, that’s no problem; we’ll provide the training, and our AmeriCorps members and tutoring center supervisors will be with you every step of the way.