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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement

Mission: Rhode Island Tutorial and Educational Services, Inc. (RITES) is dedicated to providing high-quality, multisensory, research-based and proven educational instruction to improve students’ academic skills for lifelong success.

Target demographics: Rhode Island and Southeastern Mass. K-12 students and adults with learning difficulties, such as ADHD, Dyslexia, NLD, and language processing.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 300 students

Geographic areas served: Rhode Island and Southeaster Massachusetts

Programs: 1-to-1 personalized tutoring and well-crafted small-group classes taught by highly skilled master teachers. RITES changes the outcome for students ranging from Pre-Kindergarten to adult learners. Whether a student struggles with a language-based disorder or needs support with critical skills, the RITES approach ensures tailored instruction, tracked progress, close parent communication, and ongoing resources for families.

Community Stories

99 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words cannot express my gratitude toward RITES. My son was NOT progressing at school, even with added resources. In one year tutoring with rites, my son was flying through reading levels. We are now approaching year two, He is almost to grade level. I feel that the services RITES offers are a life saver for my son. He could have given up on his education. He was falling through the cracks at his school. Rites (and especially his tutor Jeanne) have helped his success , not only in reading but writing, spelling, handwriting, self efficacy, and most importantly self esteem. What RITES does is amazing, nothing short of a miracle.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have an 11 year old severe Dyslexic son and we referred to RITES by our attorney two years ago. We have been extremely pleased with the tutoring and the teachers at this facility. Our son wasnt able to read and had no confidence. With the tutoring and the right program (Ortan Gilligham) our son is starting to read and has gained so much confidence . We highly recommend RITES for any any student having difficulties. The teachers and the director are all wonderful individuals and are genuinely caring and make you feel so confident in finding the right help for child. Our son never likes going to school because of all his difficulties but, when it comes to tutoring he is always willing to go and is so happy. Thank you RITES !

Carrie Lindsay H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we found out about our daughter's dyslexia in late June, we jumped into action to find a placement for her for the summer as well as the upcoming school year. RITES was recommended by several friends. I am so thrilled with this program!! My daughter's self esteem plummeted in 5th grade as her learning issues became more of a struggle. At RITES, we saw our happy girl again. She gained her confidence and learned many tools to help her with learning with dyslexia. I would highly recommend this program!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a tutor at RITES for many years and continue to be proud to be affiliated with this fine organization. RITES provides high quality tutoring that is individualized to meet the learning needs of each student. RITES is continuing to expand its scholarship funds to provide needed educational services for more students.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My grandson has benefited from the caring attitudes and educational expertise of RITES teachers during the past three summers, first, as a private student, and later, in the intensive Orton-Gillingham five week program. As a struggling first grader in a public school, Adam did not receive help that reflected an understanding of his learning style. He needed instructors who could provide a multisensory approach to teaching decoding and comprehension skills, as well as strategies for overcoming his language-based learning problems. As he received encouragement and experienced appropriate teaching methods from his RITES teachers, he began to believe that he COULD learn, and, after the first summer, he started thinking of himself as a successful student. I have been so impressed by the commitment of each of Adam's instructors to understanding and addressing his learning issues, and to fostering his positive self-esteem. Adam and I are both so happy that we discovered the RITES magic!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

At RITES I have discovered and appreciated dedicated, competent, truly caring colleagues, as well as masterful mentors, Halley and Lisa, our co-directors. Here I utilize multisensory programs that address the academic needs of individual students with a range of learning styles and skill sets. I also have opportunities to expand my own skill set through workshops and discussions with colleagues. I feel very fortunate to be part of this growing and thriving community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has dyslexia, he was struggling in school. He wasn't able to get any help in school. He was falling threw the cracks. If it wasn't for the rites program Jacob would not be where he is today! He is able to read, write and comprehend what he is reading. I highly recommend this organization to any parent looking for tutoring or summer programs!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a special education teacher for over twenty years. For the last he last five years I have primarily focused on working with students with learning disabilities. I was a teacher in the RITES Code Breakers program this summer at the Hamilton School. I found the RITES program to be well run, the director provided fantastic clinical support, and the students were a joy to work with. Using the OG method in a supportive and positive atmosphere with a low teacher: student ratio, that honors the learning style of each student, I was impressed at how much the growth the students made! It really was high quality instruction in an optimal environment. I loved working at RITES and feel the students receive a very special experience when they attend the programs or 1:1 tutoring RITES provides.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a tutor, I love working for Rhode Island Tutorial because everything we do is student-centered. From the first moment we meet, we get to know the student's challenges, goals--and interests. This allows us to tailor our tutoring sessions and enables our students to get the most out of their time with us.

We help our students develop skills and accomplish specific tasks. And by always focusing on where they are and what they can achieve, we support them in developing the self-confidence that enables them to become more active learners and more enthusiastic scholars.

Client Served

Rating: 5


I am so greatful that Jacob was able to attend the summer reading program. He has learned more in the past 5 weeks, than he has in the past 4 years at school!! His writing and reading skills have greatly improved, and everyday he came home excited about the new things he learned.(so excited he is ready to teach me everything he learned and said he only has 5 weeks to teach me) I have also noticed this program has boosted his self-esteem and confidence level!! I cant thank you and your staff enough for all your hard work and dedication, as well as the people who donate to your organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son is severely dyslexic, the public school has been no help whatsoever, after 4 years our son could hardly read. Our attorney recommended Rhode Island Tutorial & Educational Services. What a godsend, although our son might never be able to read as you and I can, RITEs has started him on the path, in 16 weeks he was able to read a whole story. The boost to his confidence cannot be overstated. If you have or know of a child with educational difficulties, consider RITEs, you won't regret it. Simply marvelous.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Rhode Island and the surrounding communities are fortunate to have such a phenomenal resource that provides high-quality research based educational services for students who are struggling. It has been truly heartwarming to witness the changes in my nephew who participates in one on one tutoring and was part of the summer program at RITES. The dedication, enthusiasm, and professionalism of the teachers and the directors inspired me to volunteer as a board member to help support this program's mission to provide services for students regardless of their ability to pay. I am proud to be part of this outstanding organization.

Janet83

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I’m a tutor at RITES, specializing in middle and high school math and science, as well as SAT and ACT prep. I feel very fortunate to work at RITES. Directors Lisa and Halley are genuinely concerned with providing the best possible instruction for each student. They provide extensive experience, resources, and training to support their tutors in addressing any and all needs of each student.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a math/science/study skills tutor at RITES for nearly 2 years, and have enjoyed immensely working with the dedicated RITES staff. I have been very impressed with their commitment to provide each and every student with the resources and help that they require. They have provided me with valuable advice and resources on many occasions when I've had to deal with challenging situations.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been very happy with both the professionalism and quality of the teachers. Highly recommend

Ana Cristina B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rhode Island Tutorial & Educational Services is a wonderful organization providing incredible tutoring services by wonderful teachers. My son Matthew has dyslexia and it was Linda Giordano from "RITES" that changed not just his world around but our world as a family. With her patience and compassion and knowledge, she taught Matthew how to over come his disability but also alleviated our stress as a family, because we knew he was being tutored by some of the best experts in Rhode Island. Matthew went on to succeed in a challenging private high school and then on to college. I will always be grateful for the help we received from RITES. --Cristina Berard

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Rhode Island Tutorial and Educational Services is a professional educational organization. I have worked as a tutor there for several years and have always been impressed with the knowledge, caring, and support of the directors. Programs for each student are carefully thought out and implemented. The student's needs and abilities are carefully considered when developing a program for tutoring. Rhode Island Tutorial and Educational Services is the place to contact for a student in need of educational assistance. I highly recommend this organization to any parent looking for tutoring.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a special education teacher and Orton- Gillingham tutor. I have worked with Rhode Island Tutorial & Educational Services for several years. The students I have worked with have shown consistent academic growth. This is due to the caring and professional atmosphere of the learning center. High quality materials and support for the tutoring staff is the key to this great organization.

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Susan495

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a proud board member of Rhode Island Tutorial & Educational Services (RITES.) RITES has been serving the educational needs of students across RI and neighboring Massachusetts for many years. Their one-to-one and small group instruction is personalized and tailored for each individual. Whether a student is in need of intensive reading instruction from an Orton-Gillingham certified tutor, needs to improve study and organizational skills, or wants to prepare to take the SAT/ACT for college, RITES can provide the class and instructor that will meet each student's needs.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a tutor for RITES for several years, I have witnessed first hand all the thought and compassion that goes into helping RITES students to succeed. The list of services available to students has expanded in recent years. These services include not only tutoring for the student, but also support for parents along the difficult path to obtaining appropriate services for their child.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a clinical neuropsychologist who provides evaluations for children with learning differences. I have worked with RITES for many years prior to becoming a board member, and have been consistently impressed with their high level of professional development and dedication to best practices in tutoring students of all ages. They have a very individualized approach that they use to maximize the growth of their students. I have gotten very good feedback from families who have participated with tutoring services, and am happy to be able to recommend their services.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Rhode Island Tutorial & Education Services (RITES) does an admirable job of providing the local community with access to specialized learning programs and opportunities for receiving tutoring. As a board member, I have seen first hand all of the hard work the RITES team does behind the scenes to make sure their students and teachers have the best possible experience. The staff is passionate, dedicated, and focused towards making their students successful. This organization deserves the community's support and I am fortunate to have the opportunity to assist them in whatever small way I can as a board member!

Ashley172

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

RITES is very thorough and is attentive to each student's individual needs.