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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 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

RITES has been a game changer for our family. My oldest daughter is dyslexic and has continued to struggle in school and with her confidence. She went to one of the several camps offered through RITES this past summer. She had no interests in any "school" camp and promised she would not participate, and they couldn't , make her. After day 1, she could not wait to return to camp with her new friends and teacher, in fact she was very sad when it was over. The work she produced at camp was amazing and I could not even believe how confident and proud she was to share everything with all of us. Through camp she connected with 1 of her two current RITES tutor. She looks forward to working with her tutor every week. The academic difference is great, but the confidence they have helped her to find again is what has made the biggest difference. She believes in herself and knows she is capable of great work. We feel so lucky to be able to work with everyone at RITES.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I rely on RITES regularly. I refer parents, teachers, and tutors and I am never disappointed. They understand learning differences and they communicate effectively with all interested parties. Their tutors and teachers are well trained. The two co-directors, Lisa Bigney and Halley Lavenstein, supervise tutors effectively and administrate programs such as the summer school at The Hamilton School at Wheeler very very well! Thank you, RITES!

Former staff

Rating: 5

Students, parents, and teachers are in great care with RITES. They are professional, take pride in their hard work as they have brought their company to a high level of educational services. Their process is very thorough and they truly care about their clients and staff.
Record keeping is done well. They follow up and provide a tremendous amount of assistance.
I cannot imagine a better place to teach and learn.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son participated in the RITES summer program at Hamilton this past summer. The program and staff were amazing. Despite having to spend 5 weeks of his summer in school, there was not a single morning where he was not excited and happy to go. In just 5 weeks he made significant and measurable improvements that have carried over into this school year. He continues to get tutored by RITES weekly and we are so thankful that such an amazing service was available to us.

Former staff

Rating: 5

RITES works hard to address a need in this community. Without their strong staff, commitment to children, and valuable insight, many families an students would struggle to achieve the academic success that is imperative. Students at RITES learn how they learn, learn how they think, learn how they succeed, so they can continue to reach their full potential.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a tutor working with RITES, I have seen seriously struggling learners begin to bloom with their highly individualized, student-centered approach to learning. All students, whatever their financial or educational situations may be, are genuinely valued which leads to wonderful outcomes for students and families.

Ellen71

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a lawyer, I work with families to get children the special education services that they need. RITES did an absolutely amazing job with a client of mine. He made dramatic progress working with RITES tutors, making years of gains in a period of a year. The RITES staff worked closely with his mother and the school district to provide him with services. They provided tremendous insight and were very flexible about increasing services and recommending outside services when appropriate.

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.