How it Works

//How it Works
How it Works 2017-02-14T15:19:55+00:00

Personalized Learning +
Accelerated Results =
Exceeding Expectations


Yellow Parachute is the BRIGHT spot in your educational story.  We intercept falling students to change their learning trajectories for success.  Our model, founded on 20 years of direct experience bridging the gap between the classroom and individual student’s needs, puts your student on the path to accelerated learning.

We provide innovative, holistic solutions to the learning needs and difficulties of students in Kindergarten through 12th grade and beyond.  We emphasize the supportive relationship between Personal Learning Coach and Student as a defining component in the process of inspiring each student.  You benefit from the experience of 1:1 tutoring with the network and knowledge base of a multi-tutor company.  Our goal is to re-energize a student’s educational experience by providing consulting, creating an individual learning plan, and building student success and confidence both in and outside the classroom.

“We have seen results.  Learning does not happen in a linear fashion, so it is often difficult to judge progress along the way.  But in each case, we have seem clear growth in our children…both in what they have learned and how they are learning it.”

Parent, Edina, MN

“Your company’s services are above and beyond, especially when it comes to finding high-quality assistance quickly.”

Parent, White Bear Lake, MN

“We LOVE Yellow Parachute! My son told us it’s the BEST teacher he’s EVER had! Hands down TOP NOTCH!!!”


“Yellow Parachute has exceeded my expectations for tutoring. Our goal was not only to bring grades up, but to learn how to study, prepare, and advocate, for a lifetime!”

Parent, Orono, MN

“I took the practice ACT and got a significantly lower score than expected, we thought we would seek out help. I never would have expected to go from a 22 to a 30 after tutoring, but it happened.”


“Yellow Parachute has helped me organize, study, and prepare for upcoming tests. I have also learned to be my own best advocate!”

10th Grade Student, Orono, MN


To meet the urgent need for robust, personalized instruction to close the achievement gap, Yellow Parachute partners with individual schools in an after school tutoring program.  In this way, we extend our innovative, personalized model to meet student needs on a larger scale, carefully measuring progress and reflecting on student goals and needs to exceed growth expectations.

Yellow Parachute collaborates with school administrators, teachers, literacy and math specialists across the Twin Cities to implement a drop-in tutoring model that allows us to screen, instruct, monitor, and communicate progress for students whose test scores fall below grade level benchmarks.

Working in partnership with a school in North Minneapolis for the 2015-2016 school year, we were able to do the following:

– Identify forty 7th and 8th students who were not achieving grade level expectations according to Fall MAP score projections correlated with the Spring MCA

– Instruct students in 3 different student:teacher ratios according to student need

– Provide reading support 2-3 days per week and math support 2-3 days per week

– Meet with students from November through May of the 2015-2016 school year, making progress toward grade level expectations

We have returned for the 2016-2017 school year, adding 5th and 6th grade students to 7th and 8th grades and over-doubling the number of students served.

The Problem

57% of students in Minneapolis and St. Paul areas met 3rd grade reading benchmarks in 2016, which means that over 43 of every 100 students was not on track with literacy by this crucial grade.

58% of Minnesota’s 8th graders met state expectations in math in 2016. The concentration of underachieving students falls within urban, low-income populations and affects students of color more greatly than white students.

How Yellow Parachute Helps…

Students involved in 2015-2016 after-school tutoring demonstrated 2-5 times the growth projected by their fall assessments. For the 2016-2017 year, we have added additional progress-monitoring and professional development tools to further enhance our program’s impact and communication with parents, teachers, school administrators, and board members.


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STUDENT FEEDBACK from 2015-2016 afterschool tutoring

Scholars reported specific improvement in:

  • Showing work (math)
  • Slowing down or speeding up (efficiency)
  • Reading the math problem (working carefully)
  • Trying something even though you don’t know it
  • Asking questions
  • Paying attention in class
  • Knowing it is OK to struggle; you can still succeed
  • Re-checking work to find mistakes
  • New strategies for problem solving
  • Adding math units to story problems (attention to detail)
  • Attitude
  • Grades: C/D to A/B

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