One-on-One Tutoring

School on Wheels one-on-one tutoring
One-on-one tutoring is the cornerstone of our program. School on Wheels is the only organization whose volunteers go to their students—wherever they may be—to tutor them one-on-one for one hour a week.  In 2014 we provided one-on-one tutoring services to over 3,000 homeless children throughout Southern California. To see where we tutor, you can view our location map here.

There are many benefits that come with one-on-one tutoring. Both the student and the tutor gain from this experience in many different ways:


  • Better subject knowledge and improved academics: Tutors work with students to improve study habits and methods of organization. They help students complete homework and prepare for upcoming tests, quizzes and projects.  They help them catch up and keep up in school, and show them the many educational and career paths available to them.
  • Increased self-esteem and self-confidence: Helping students feel better about themselves is important in forming new friendships, having a positive attitude towards school, and displaying less disruptive behavior in school.
  • A positive role model: Our students look up to their tutors and see them as examples of what they can be in their own lives. Just by being there every week, tutors teach students that they can do anything they put their minds to.

To find out more about volunteering with School on Wheels you can view our volunteer page here.  School on Wheels provides all the tools you will need to become a successful volunteer tutor…

Academic Program

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Our Academic Program for K-7 students provides complete, varied, easy-to-access and easy-to-use learning materials based on the Common Core State Standards to help School on Wheels tutors and students make the most effective use of their tutoring time.
For more information or to check out our Academic Program in more detail CLICK HERE.



BUS Program

School on Wheels BUS Program LOGOThe B.U.S. Program, Believe, Understand, Succeed provides specialized education and career services to homeless youth from eighth through twelfth grade. The program helps hundreds of students explore their options after high school.  The aim of the program is to strengthen their education, encourage them to earn a high school diploma, and motivate them to pursue a productive and stable future. Using worksheets and lesson plans, tutors guide their students through the high school graduation requirements and introduce them to the many opportunities that await them after graduating.

The B.U.S. program includes:

one on one tutoring college tours speakers
                One-on-one tutoring       College/vocational school campus tours                      Motivational speakers
career fair after high school  guidance
        Access to college and career fairs After high school options, such as college, trade school, and AmeriCorps  Guidance with reviewing school transcripts and graduation requirements

Digital Learning


Digital Learning

School on Wheels uses digital learning, combining face-to-face teaching methods with digital learning tools, to fill in the educational gaps of homeless children in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Why is Digital Learning important?

Technology combined with traditional teaching methods has the power to enhance a student’s learning experience, allowing them to work at their own pace. The use of online learning programs, laptops, tablets and educational apps empowers School on Wheels’ volunteers to better address the academic needs of more students and engage them in the learning process.


What does Digital Learning look like at School on Wheels?

Visit our main Digital Learning page for more information.