Our Programs

What We Do

At Beyond Basics, we seek to eradicate illiteracy, transforming the lives of students and creating stronger communities. Our programs offer one-on-one literacy tutoring, helping students reach the goal of grade-level proficiency in reading. With our structured intervention and strong student-tutor relationships, students achieve this goal in an average of six weeks. In addition, we cultivate self-efficacy, curiosity, and a love of lifelong learning with supporting activities that expand horizons.

Student Assessment
Student Assessment

Each student’s reading skills are evaluated by a Michigan certified teacher who writes a prescription to guide the student-tutor relationship.

Hands-On Learning
Hands-On Learning

Students use a multisensory tile board, giving them a hands-on experience in their pursuit of reading.

Individualized Tutoring
Individualized Tutoring

Trained tutors support students as they work one-on-one, one hour a day, building on existing skills to unlock the power of reading.

Expanding Horizons
Expanding Horizons

Story writing, publishing, projects with International Arts and Writing, plus lessons from the lives of master artists and leaders connect students to the world.

Literacy Solutions for Every Child

Partner schools identify the students to be assessed by a Beyond Basics certified teacher, who gives each student a “prescription.” Trained tutors build relationships with students, filling each prescription through one of our four literacy programs:



Our programs work intensively with children five days per week, an hour each day. Working one-on-one or in a small group with a dedicated, trained tutor, students learn the foundational skills to decode words, read fluently, and deepen comprehension. Our multisensory program is developmentally appropriate and includes dynamic fine arts and writing activities that cultivate curiosity and a love of lifelong learning. Students unlock the power of reading with the skills to thrive and take part in all that life has to offer.
Beyond Basics tutors come from diverse backgrounds, but share a passion for making a difference in the lives of young people. These paid, trained professionals help smart, capable students unlock the power of reading. For more on becoming a Beyond Basics tutor, visit https://beyondbasics.org/get-involved/join-team.

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18000 West Nine Mile Road
Suite 450
Southfield, MI 48075

Contact Us

248-250-9304
Fax: 248-996-9577

info@beyondbasics.org