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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 Southeastern 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

109 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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have two children working with tutors at RITES. Both fare well in school, but really benefit from the individual attention, directed specifically towards their needs, that they receive at RITES. Their tutors are warm, supportive, and show great expertise in their fields. My kids love going. Working with their tutors relaxes them and boosts their skills and confidence.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working for RITES for over a year. I love working within a highly professional, child-focused environment. RITES regularly extends to the community with relevant, needed workshops and maintains excellent resource materials. In both their summer programs and tutoring sessions I have witnessed amazing student growth. Without hesitation, I regularly recommend RITES to families and schools. RITES is a tremendous asset to our community.

Qing O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the first time that I saw my daughter like to write essays and have confidence in math. She had a lot of fun while improving her writing skills and math. I really like Mrs. Seal's organization of the class. My daughter always complained essay writing and math are boring. But not in Mrs. Seal's class! She really like the Power Up program and felt sad it was only for 3 weeks. That is a big difference. Thank you, Mrs. Seal! Thank you, RITES!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just wanted to share some positive feedback about the great experience my daughter enjoyed while participating in the RITES Novel Exploration course this Summer. Initially my daughter was not interested in partaking in anything related to keeping her educational “wheels" turning during her summer vacation. Well did that quickly change once she was reunited (she has taken RITES programs in summers past) with all the educated, selfless, accommodating and lovely staff affiliated with this amazing program! She had so many exciting things to tell me as she moved along with the book and it’s “ dissection". I can’t thank all of you enough for being such a positive reinforcement for her during her involvement of this wonderful program !!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We went here for Spanish tutoring for my daughter who is entering high school. Her school did not have a good Spanish program and my daughter wanted to be ready for Spanish 2 in high school. Emilia researched the requirements at the high school my daughter would attend and created a curriculum to teach the material she did not know. Emilia was a good teacher, organized, and dependable. A great overall experience.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This summer, I taught a Math and Reading Camp for RITES in Providence, RI. I was not only impressed with the professionalism and curriculum set for my students, but the concern, care, attention to detail, and commitment RITES has for their students was unprecedented. The RITES' students soared academically and socially within an atmosphere of warmth, safety, fun, and compassion. It was a pleasure working at Rhode Island Tutorial & Educational Services and I would highly recommend their academic services to those in need.

Michelle Christie U.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a first grade teacher and tutor at RITES focusing on elementary math, reading and writing. RITES provides a range of services to help children succeed! It is a wonderful organization that helps children gain new skills as well as confidence. RITES reaches out to children who desperately need help through scholarships too. I enjoy working with such caring, competent professionals. I am proud to be associated with this organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

RITES does it Right!

As a special ed. teacher for the public schools, I was extremely impressed with the educational services that RITES offers. RITES utilizes empirically-based curricula that reach a diverse population of learners through multi-sensory instruction. This type of instruction has been proven to make learning meaningful for students; and as such, students become fully engaged and confident. These are the students who often become stewards of their own learning. They learn to understand their learning styles and will advocate for themselves as adults. Additionally, the board, administrators and staff are dedicated professionals who truly care about the "whole child". This organization ensures that each child is given the support he/she needs to succeed. This is an amazing organization!



Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Rhode Island Tutorial & Educational Services is a phenomenal organization. Their directors truly care about the learning needs of both children and adults alike, understanding the critical need to provide highly effective services that will meet the academic needs of each “individual” in a very caring and positive manner. They ensure that each tutor has extensive teaching experience and training — armed with a whole range of research based tools to meet the needs of their students. I’m both a parent and professional in the literacy field, and I cannot say enough about this program. Bottom line, RITES provides positive results for their students! Rhode Island residents are extremely fortunate to have this organization in their midst.

Tasha M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son is ten years old and has ADHD and dyslexia. He has always struggled in school. We have been trying to get him the services he needs in school but have been unsuccessful. It has been since first grade that we have been trying. He is now in the fourth grade. In February of 2018 we met with Lisa from RITES. We were connected with an Orton Gillingham tutor and an educational advocate. Both have helped tremendously. After only three months of tutoring my son has advanced one grade level in reading. The best part is that he loves his tutor and skips in and out of his sessions. He even seems happier overall. The advocate has successfully gotten us what we needed in his IEP. There is still more work to do but so far so good. In one meeting with the school and the RITES advocate we were able to identify what was missing in the IEP and have appropriate goals and accommodations added. Previous meeting meetings were filled with long discussions that never resulted in much change. We are so happy we found RITES!

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.