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Rhode Island Tutorial & Educational Services (RITES)

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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 500 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

127 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Imagine seeing a smile on your child's face, daily, as they are dismissed from Summer School!That was my experience of collecting my son (Grade 6) from his class from the RITES program this Summer, 2019. His confidence was booming, and he even was sorry that the course didn't run through the weekends. He is begging me to sign him up for next summer already. His severe dyslexia had him shutting down at school for years, but he so enjoyed the methods, and his teacher, on this program. Thank you, RITES.My daughter (Grade 8) also took a different course, and she tells me she had the best teacher, in her life, on this course. She also has told me that she is putting the study skills she learned to good use already in this new school year, and feeling very confident.

Client Served

Rating: 5

RITES provides quality programs that have made a positive difference for our child. Without hesitation, I recommend RITES to any parent that is seeking to help a child that is having difficulty in school or has learning differences.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

All families I have referred have been impressed with the valuable expertise and responsiveness of the RITES staff.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a RITES tutor for several years, and I continue to be impressed with the professionalism of its staff and the quality of services that RITES provides. The tutors are dedicated, highly skilled educators who have a genuine interest in their students. The professional development for tutors and the informational workshops for parents are always high quality. RITES continues to be an invaluable resource for students and their families throughout the area.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I chose to become a Board member for RITES because I was incredibly impressed by the passion and talent of the founders (Lisa & Halley) as well as the incredible work the tutors at RITES do on a daily basis with the children. My own children have benefited from their services, and I highly recommend them to anyone looking for reasonably priced, skilled tutoring services. They will accommodate a variety of needs, and are helpful beyond expectation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

RITES knows how to reach different learners and the kids thrive! They work together and with parents to bring the best results for our kids.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The services that RITES provides to young individuals in the greater Providence area is wonderful. They have many qualified professionals on their staff that make a difference in the academic lives of youngsters. In addition, the educators help students learn to believe in themselves, find strategies to overcome obstacles in learning and move forward int their academics.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There is no other program like RITES in Rhode Island. They are an authentic group of professionals who genuinely love what they do. The tutoring services are top notch; care is taken in both pre and post assessments; individual goals are developed along with a plan to meet them; and students learn using multi-sensory resources, including lots of games. The summer program takes all of these strengths and puts them together in a fun program filled with lots of learning and confidence-building.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

RITES goes above and beyond expectations with all children, all of the time. I have referred students to their programs always with amazing results. they truly understand dyslexia and other language-based learning challenges set within the child development context. Their staff is a top notch group who never seems to forget that the child is at the center of everything. 5 Stars is not a high enough rating for this organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

RITES offers the individualization that many students need to succeed. Each lesson is designed so the learner meets with success and makes steady progress over the course of the year. There is no set program or one size fits all!

La Flor D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son and I had greatly benefit from the great educational tutoring we had received.
My son had exceeded expectation in Math and accomplish so much on his Math curriculum.

I -as an adult learner was available to have succeed on the Accuplacer test- needed to fulfill my college requirement. by tutoring with Joseph Rhodas (Math tutor at RITES

Roberta18

Client Served

Rating: 5

Everyone at RITES is wonderful! My son has used their services many times during the past five years and has benefitted from all his interactions with his RITES tutors.

Teoftig

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Rhode Island Tutorial and Educational Services (RITES) is a fabulous place to work and aids students aged elementary through adult. The directors, Lisa Bigney and Halley Lavenstein, show immense effort, concern, and professional assistance in providing many families with the information and placements needed to help their students be successful. From first hand experience as a RITES employee, I can say confidently that the personnel are highly educated, experienced, and motivated to see students identify their best learning strategies, strengths, and challenges with the outcome being individual successes for all involved in the life long learning process. It is with highest regard that I write this review for RITES as the caring, supportive, and committed organization seeking positive achievement and growth for all students.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a certified elementary school teacher and Reading Specialist who works part time for RITEs. It has been a wonderful and rewarding experience. The directors are supportive, intuitive, and professional. I enjoy our exchanges which our validating and encouraging. It is truly my pleasure to be working with dedicated colleagues who help to influence and improve the lives of so many students. RITEs is a rewarding experience for students, their parents, and tutors alike.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Reading Specialist and have been a tutor for RITES for many years. I was very excited to begin working at the Learning Center after meeting co-directors, Lisa Bigney and Halley Lavenstein. Both women are extremely professional and knowledgeable. My colleagues there are extremely well-trained. I enjoy working one-on-one, providing Reading support to children. I am also a member of the RITES Summer School program. Each year is a pleasure!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Reading Specialist and have been tutoring RITES students for seven years. It has been my pleasure to work with students of all ages. I have also worked as a teacher in the Hamilton summer program, which is something that I have thoroughly enjoyed. Lisa Bigney and Halley Lavenstein, co-directors of the organization, are extremely professional. They are always willing to work with their teachers to create a program that is desgned specifically to meet the needs of the student. Professional Development is constantly offered to teachers. Informative workshops are often available to parents. Parent feedback is always positive, saying they are pleased to have found RITES and their child has benefitted from the experience.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

RITES is a professional, caring organization devoted to helping students succeed. As a tutor, I have really appreciated working with Halley and Lisa to fine- tune programs for individual students. I have also appreciated the continuing professional training and materials that RITES provides.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional in the field, I continue to be impressed with the caliber and commitment of the RITES staff. From the moment I started working for the RITES program as a tutor, Halley and Lisa have made themselves available to brainstorm with tutors and construct plans to best fit the students' needs. Opportunities are made available to us to update our skills and knowledge so that we are abreast of advances in the field. Everytime, I leave a group meeting at RITES, I am reminded of how fortunate I am to be working with such skilled and caring people.

pattymarie

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a tutor at RITES. I continue to be impressed by the dedication, professionalism, and competency of all members of this organization. I am very pleased to be a part of this growing educational asset. PB

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a tutor at RITES for the past several years. This organization is headed by two conscientious and dedicated woman. They strive to provide quality educational services to all students. They are constantly seeking out ways to reach and accommodate students and to meet those children's varying needs. Particular effort is given to "match" the appropriate tutor with each child. I am pleased to be a part of their student focused, educational support and service team.
PB

Suzanne59

Advisor

Rating: 5

Incredibly hard-working, caring, and innovative in helping ALL students become lifelong learners.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was diagnosed with dyslexia and RITES has changed our lives. He started his one on one tutor sessions with a Qualified, Certified tutor that specialized in the Orton-Gillingham approach. The results were overwhelming, he became more confidence and developed a love for reading. Thank you RITES.

Client Served

Rating: 5

RI Tutorial has changed our lives! 15 months go when my daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia, we were overwhelmed and didn't know where to start. Our doctor referred us to RI Tutorial - thank god - and our daughter has been transformed. She is excited to read, to attempt words she doesn't know, and is so much less frustrated at school. I'm so grateful to Lisa and her team for improving our lives.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so grateful to the dedicated staff at RITES. When we learned of my daughters dyslexia diagnosis the Dr referred us to RITES for immediate intervention. We've seen such a big improvement in my daughters reading ability but also her willingness to try hard words that in the past she would have given up on. Thank you to Lisa and everyone at RITES!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

RITES helps a lot of students succeed in school. The one on one tutoring is the most effective way to reach students. ACT/SAT prep is beneficial to students, whose scores can increase with the one on one tutoring.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a tutor at RITES. I love the professionalism and workshops RITES provides. We strive to be the best tutors available. The care for the students success is of the utmost importance. We explain concepts to the students in many different ways, to help all types of learners. I enjoy the time I spend in the center.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My boys would not be where they are today if it were not for RITES. They are confident, well adjusted, honor roll high schoolers, who have overcome the difficulties of Dyslexia, and are now looking forward to college! RITES has helped them not only improve academically, but also grow and mature into responsible young adults.
When I was first introduced to RITES, my children were both 2 years below grade level in reading and writing (after many years with IEP's and Special Ed support in our school system). I had been referred to many "tutors" who were classroom teachers by day and tutors by weekend and summer. I was not interested in this approach, since the classroom teachers had not been able to help my boys using their curriculums and I was afraid that they would take the same curriculum and feed it back to my boys. I wanted something different and specialized - and affordable. The staff at RITES worked with me to find a tutor who specialized in the areas that each of my son's needed. The tutors were willing to work with the classroom teachers for the purpose of helping my boys succeed in the classroom. Today, my boys no longer need support of a tutor on a weekly basis. Their non LD friends will actually call my boys on Sunday nights about homework assignments. It's amazing!
The tutors at RITES were also a support system for me as a parent. I was always included in the plans for their curriculums. The literature in the office and the available parent workshops were very helpful to me so that I could give support from home and also become more educated and less frustrated and fearful about their LD. Workshops and camps are also available for the students. I will be enrolling my boys in some of them in the near future in preparation for college, like note taking and SAT prep workshops.
I have recently enrolled my youngest child (11 YO) at RITES. He does not have a documented LD, but struggles with general organization and study skills. He doesn’t know how to "study" for tests, doesn't bring notes or books home and has a hard time planning for projects. I found that my boys with LD learned study skills through the Special Ed curriculum, but as a non LD student, study skills was not able to be stressed enough in the general classroom - due to the size and vast amount of material that teachers need to cover in a day. So I am back at RITES so that he too can reach his highest potential.
I recommend RITES to any parent who is looking for a way to help their children become better students - LD or not.
Thank You RITES!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot commend RITES highly enough! My daughter has challenges with executive functioning, organizational skills, and math skills. We signed her up for the two week summer session focusing on those issues at the Hamilton School, much to her chagrin. To my delight, and to my daughter's surprise, she greatly enjoyed the camp, engaged in exciting activities, improved her writing and math skills, and stated that it wasn't at all "like school, which would have been horrible. Learning was actually fun!" In fact, she stated later that she preferred the RITES camp over her traditional day camp where she could swim every day, which is one of her favorite activities! She was sent home with a binder full of educational tools designed to correspond with her personal learning style. She utilizes this binder currently at school, and her teachers greatly appreciated the resources as well. Her self-esteem increased tremendously, as she now sees herself as having a different learning style, rather than the label of having a learning "disability." THANK YOU RITES!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last year our son struggled in the 5th grade. We looked to get him some extra help and we found RITES. We were so nervous about financially committing to any outside help but we knew we needed something for our son. The staff at RITES were so welcoming and helpful from our first inquiry. The tutor took time to listen to our son, think about his needs, and very thoughtfully implemented support. We continued with their summer program: Reading Comprehension and Study Skills. The knowledge and level of expertise of their staff is incomparable! Our son learned new ways of learning and reading concepts that are helping him into the 6th grade. What I appreciate most of all about the RITES program is that the teachers collectively provided an atmosphere of encouragement and our son has gained some confidence with them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a reading specialist and have worked with RITES tutors and students for 8 years. The organization is professional and thorough. The tutors are not only experts in their field, but they are caring and engaging people. RITES knows how important it is to match tutors with students and is meticulous about getting to know a student and his or her needs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

RITES has so many qualities that make it great, from the effort they make to find the right tutor for your child to the abundant literature and information for the student and their parents that they provide in their waiting room. But most importantly for us was the ongoing tutorial service that we have received from a very hard working, caring, and dedicated teacher who works with our son. She is constantly looking for new and innovative ways to help him improve. It is clear that she is committed to helping him reach his potential. She has become like family because she wants to see him succeeds as if she had a vested interest. We appreciate all that she does to help us in our efforts to support our son in reaching his goals. Thank you!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a certified Orton-Gillingham tutor. I've been working with RITES for almost three years now. Everything about this organization is professional, and I've seen it help so many students. I would highly recommend using their services.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I teach reading, writing, spelling (OG). I've been teaching for almost ten years and am impressed with the rapport tutors establish with their students. The co-partners are devoted to their work, and their enthusiasm radiates outward, affecting teachers and students around them. I give this organization an A+. Kathleen Cooper

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was suggested that we investigate RITES when my daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia. The director was very helpful in finding us a tutor who was a good fit with our daughter's personality and with our particular circumstances. We have continued this service for years now. Our tutor has been extremely flexible and supportive of the educational goals with have for our child.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There are many tutors for students with learning differences, but RITES understands the complexity of helping students with learning differences AND their families. Their tutors are professional and good teachers. Further, the organization communicates effectively with students, families, and schools. I have hired RITES numerous times to tutor a wide range of students in my school. I have never been disappointed. I highly recommend them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Son Kyle has made great progress through his hard work and the hard work of his tutor. Allyson and Lisa I can't thank you enough for the wonderful and necessary service you offer. You are transforming lives, one child at a time.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a tutor for RITES and love what they do. Not only do they provide great tutoring for students and families, they also provide continuing education for their tutors. They want their tutors to know and understand learning disabilities and how to build skills for our students. They have guest speakers and host showings of executive dysfunction documentaries, etc. RITES is a great non profit!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been to many of the workshops RITES has sponsored and they are amazing! RITES is really dedicated to helping students and parents understand what is happening in the brain that causes student's difficulties and disabilities. They give you concrete strategies on how to combat your problems and work toward improving yourself and your study habits little by little. They provide you with 5 options on how to improve, but then really tell you to focus on just one and ask you how are you going to achieve that improvement this week. Really practical advice! I love RITES!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have referred many clients for both individual tutoring and workshops. I am impressed with the willingness of staff to seek information and collborate with me while working with referrals. The wide range of expert tutors and flexibility to meet client needs is also of benefit. Feedback from parents has been positive. They are a very valuable resource.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has dyslexia and attended the RITES summer program and has been receiving instruction from a RITES tutor for nearly 2 years. He has made remarkable progress and were it not for RITES and the support he has received, he would not be the confident learner that he is today. His tutor is Orton-Gillingham trained and modifies the curriculum to suit his academic needs. Halley and Lisa are always available to answer any questions or concerns I may have as a parent. They offer suggestions and lend a listening ear when the weight of having a child with a learning disability gets to be overwhelming. RITES provides free parent educational seminars/workshops which is a tremendous resource when one is trying to navigate the world of evaluations,IEP's, 504's,etc. I cannot say enough about the level of knowledge and professionalism that is at the heart of RITES program.- Mary Beth Berube, North Attleboro, MA

Client Served

Rating: 5

RITES is an amazing service with well qualified tutors. My child got so much out of her sessions and the tutors were not only great teachers but they really cared about my child.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Staff was supportive of parents and gave our son a great foundation of OG skills while restoring his confidence as a child newly diagnosed with a learning difference.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our practice frequently refers clients to RITES and, we consistently receive positive reports about the quality of RITES services. Our clinical/evaluation group is multi-disciplinary, completing numerous psychoeducational, neuropsychological and speech and language evaluations with a diverse array of children and adolescents. When follow-up services are indicated within the tutorial domain, RITES is the first agency we typically turn to. Lisa and Halley respond promptly to client inquiries, offer insightful suggestions, sustain a diverse array of service offerings and collaborate reliably with referring professionals. Their agency has become invaluable within the Rhode Island and Massachusetts educational tutorial communities. Dr. Rick Solomon, Co-Director, Delta Consultants Providence, RI

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been working with RITES for many years now, and have been impressed by how well-trained and supportive their tutors are. They go beyond what is typically provided in a tutoring agency, and they have kept their rates very reasonable over the years. Halley &Lisa are dedicated to the RI community, and they are tireless in their pursuit of scholarship monies for families in need. I highly recommend them!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 9 year old son has been attending the 5 week summer session at RITES for Orton- Gillingham skills for the past two years. As a result, his confidence and skill level have benefitted immensely. This program has been wonderful, not only because it makes use of the abundance of free time in the summer, but also because it provides the consistency he needs to ensure his academic success. The teachers in the program are true professionals who genuinely understand the many co-existing conditions that occur with kids with learning differences (such as attention issues or social/peer related issues). They work to help the child not only to build skills for reading, but also to develop strategies for better listening or for more appropriate peer interaction. Not only is the program effective, but he also truly enjoys going. Prior to O.G. training, learning had always been an arduous chore for my son. RITES has helped him to become motivated, because he now realizes that if he tries, he can actually do it. He is currently in 4th grade and is reading at a solidly average 4th grade level--and actually loves to read!

Client Served

Rating: 5

RITES tutorial services helped my high school age daughter with her study skills - this 4 session class was so practical and helpful . Their scheduling is very flexible. She also received individual tutoring for ACT and SAT tests and this gave her so much confidence. The tutors were knowledgeable in their subjects and tailored their style to my daughter. RITES was also very open to feedback and if we needed to shift the focus of tutoring they responded to all of our requests. I would highly recommend RITES!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an Orton-Gillingham tutor I have received referals for tutor work. They are a fine organization and I would not hesitate to refer clients to them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I called RI Tutorial for my son who was diagnosed with mixed expressive and receptive language disorder. His neuropsychologist and I wanted him to have a specific structured learning plan which was not offered in my child's public schooling. The first day we met Mary it was to see if she would be a good fit for working with my son. Mary has since change the life of my son and has given my family hope that my child will succeed with confidence. It has only been a few months and we are still receiving services from RI Tutorial however my child now enjoys reading, the differences are amazing. My son absolutely loves Mary and she is so patient and reassuring with him. Any time I had a concerns or questions about upcoming IEP'sor evaluations they would be right there with answers and even helpful resources. RI Tutorial has definitely change our lives for the better giving my family a positive outlook on the tough world of learning disabilities. Thank you RI Tutorial

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was born with a facial difference and an MRI revealed some brain abnormalities. He had received early intervention through our town starting at age 2 and a half. He received services available at school but they didn't seem to fit his learning style. RITES services started the fall of his first grade year 2010-2011. It was through RITES we found an amazing tutor and the appropriate program for his learning differences and his path to loving reading and education began. The organization played a key role in locating a tutor for him as well as guiding us in finding an appropriate learning environment for him. He is thriving in his new learning environment and we are still utilizing RITES to guide us through the process of attaining an advocate to make sure his progress continues. RITES offers a myriad of services essential to the education and well being of our States most unique learners all children should have an opportunity to learn in a safe and supportive environment. I can not imagine where we would be without their services and commitment to special needs kids and their families.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended a workshop on IEP"s. They were absolutely wonderful and very helpful. I am also using their services for my daughter. They are very friendly and were willing to meet with us before making recommendation for my daughter's needs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

All three of my children have been to RITES for varying types of help. The RITES teachers not only have done what they promised to do, it is always on my terms! Rare, these days. My daughter is now a sophmore in college in a challenging Pre-Vet program and getting all A's and B's, thanks to Lisa Bigny. My two other sons also are recieving A's and B's thanks to the help from the RITES teachers! I am so grateful to have this resource available to me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been going to, and have been supported by, our tutor at RITES for two years now. Our tutor,Sandy, has become both a family friend and part of the amazing network of miracles that help our son in his journey as a student, learner and a human being. I cannot give enough accolades to both Sandy, personally, and the organization as a whole. She is amazing at what she does, has such a loving, nurturing and guiding relationship with Zander. She had invited me to or I have attended four seminars through RITES that have been excellent. We have referred two other clients to RITES and hey are so happy too. I am forever grateful for the important and much-needed services and care that RITES provides. I hope that they are able to extend and continue their incredible work and system of support, education and outreach. We need it! We appreciate it! Please keep it going!

MaryPat K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was distraught over the inability to understand my son's learning disability and to get his school to take my concerns seriously. Lisa took the time to talk to me, give me resources and be available for a follow-up call. All with no charge. She calmed me and gave me confidence to deal more effectively with my son's teacher's.

Board Member

Rating: 5

In addition to being board member, I am also a private college advisor. In my practice, I see many students who are newly diagnosed with ADD/ADHD or a learning difference. RITES is an INVALUABLE resource for families. The tutors are amazing, from subject tutoring to summer sessions and Sunday high school study skills courses. The unique thing about RITES is that the tutors are experts in helping students with LDs. This is rare and SO critical for kids struggling with an LD. I recommend RITES without reservation!

Susan160

Client Served

Rating: 5

My scholar benefitted by RITES Programs at the right time in her academic career. I have found public schools don't often teach valuable time managment skills, organizational skills, note taking skills and leave it to chance that students will figure it out. RITES was a GREAT resource for learning these skills that she'll carry throughout her entire academic years! As a parent RITES provided up to date information in a supportive environment that I could have never provided to my teen.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The RITES Program has been an invaluabel service to many many children and their families in the Rhode Island and surrouding areas. With professionals who have expertise in the area of reading and learning challenges, they have provided outstanding support for children and families through direct service to the children and organzing workshops to educate and support parents in their child's educational journey. I applaude them !