Homeschooling is mostly family-based learning, but sometimes you might also want a little help from a tutor. We've listed some we've heard about below.
There are also other ways to find a tutor:
- ask family, friends, neighbours, co-workers if they know of a good tutor (or they might even be able and willing to provide tutoring help themselves!)
- ask for recommendations from members of your local homeschool support group, or an online homeschool group (on Facebook or Yahoo)
- ask a school or school board for tutor recommendations
- look in the library -- they might have a bulletin board for flyers, and sometimes that includes flyers for tutor services
- ask a librarian -- they might know of someone even if there's no flyer up
- check out your local classified ads, wherever they are in your community (some areas might still have a free classifieds paper, or there may be ads in your local newspaper)
- check out classified ads sites like kijiji.ca
- some communities have an Information Centre with this kind of info
- do an internet search (via Google or DuckDuckGo) using the keyword "tutor" along with the subject (e.g. math or English), the grade level, and the name of your city/town
Tutor Listings on the OFTP website
Inclusion of any business on this list does not constitute an endorsement by OFTP. We share this information as a service to homeschoolers looking for learning opportunities outside of the home.
- A+ Tutors for Less — Toronto and GTA
- Art Instruction with Judith Jewer — Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Scarborough East
- Amy Boyes Piano Studio — Ottawa West
- Bata Shoe Museum — Toronto
- Stéphanie Belzil — daytime violin lessons — Ottawa (Orléans)
- Boundless High School — outdoor adventure summer school
- Bright Math Camp — Ottawa
- Calctutor.ca — Online Mathematics Tutoring
- Celina's String Studio — fiddle, violin, viola — Toronto
- Jeff Feldman — Creative Spark Guitar — online
- Suzanne Ferguson — OCT
- Early Learning Foundations — Mississauga
- EDvise Educational Consultants — reading clinics — Toronto
- Educational Workshops for Home Schooling Educators — Greater Toronto GTA
- Gloucester Pottery School — Ottawa
- Grade Learning — all subjects, all grades — various locations
- Grade Learning Rexdale
- Cynthia Harrison — History, Latin, French, English Writing, Literature, Math (up to Grade 8) — Ottawa Area
- Paul Harrison — History, Latin, Philosophy, English Writing, Literature — Central Toronto (Face-to-Face), and Online.
- Kingston Gymnastics — Kingston
- Learn Literacy — Reading/ Writing & Dyslexia Support — Mississauga
- MasterMath — middle school math — online tutoring
- Medieval Times — history and performing arts — Toronto
- Mississauga Piano Studios — also other instruments and voice — Mississauga and GTA
- MoreMusic — Tillsonburg
- Mostly Math Enrichment Centre
- North Huron Museum
- The Ontario Science Centre's Educational Programs — Toronto
- Open Door Math — online math tutoring
- Piano Allegretto — piano lessons in English or en français — Orleans
- Primarily Piano presents Music As Story performance
- Michael Reist — tutor / mentor — Caledon East
- Scarborough Hoopers -- Scarborough, Toronto
- Seedlings Preschool — Senior Kids Program for ages 5 to 9 — Peterborough
- Sing for Joy! — singing, drama — Ottawa/Hull
- Tutor Doctor — all subjects
- UnLimited Tutoring — Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry & Biology
- Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre Educational Programs — Whitchurch-Stouffville
A + Tutors For Less -- Toronto & GTA
A + Tutors For Less - Home Tutoring for your homeschooling needs.
Servicing Toronto & GTA areas.
Art Instruction with Judith Jewer — Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Scarborough East
Judith has been teaching art to children and adults art for the Town of Ajax and privately for 10 years, as well as teaching for various school boards and art academies in the GTA.
Judith teaches painting, drawing and sculpture on a one-to-one basis, or to groups of up to 6 kids with similar ages and abilities. Lessons available in Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Scarborough East area.
Bata Shoe Museum — Toronto
The Bata Shoe Museum is a museum that celebrates footwear in downtown Toronto. Their exhibits explore the roles and meanings of footwear. The Bata Shoe Museum also offers exhibits dedicated to the footwear of notable people, footwear of Native North Americans, and shoemaking traditions from around the world. They offer guided programs and self-guided programs for students JK-12.
327 Bloor St West
Teacher Resource Website: www.allaboutshoes.ca
To book a field trip, contact:
Phone: (416) 979-7799 xt 242
Stéphanie Belzil — violin lessons — Ottawa (Orleans)
"Daytime violin lessons offered in Ottawa (Orleans), Ontario. I'm a professional violin player and qualified teacher who is looking to add homeschoolers to my studio."
Amy Boyes Piano Studio — Ottawa West
Welcoming homeschooling families with sibling discounts and daytime hours.
Ottawa West Region
Boundless High School
Base camp location: 600-acre basecamp property in the Ottawa Valley,
3.5 hours Northeast of Toronto, on the banks of the Madwaska River near the
village of Palmer Rapids.
Mail: Boundless High School
203 Lonsmount Drive
Toronto, Ontario M5P 2Y6
A summer private school which mixes the Ontario Curriculum with outdoor adventure. Each 13-day program earns a full high school credit and costs between $1825 and $1900. The outdoor program is complemented by a number of group discussions, journaling, small group projects and student-led activities.
- Flatwater and whitewater canoeing
- River rescue
- 5 to 7-day wild river expedition
- Aerial ropes courses
- Rock climbing
- Rappelling Wilderness living skills
- Wilderness first aid
- Orienteering and map reading
- Tents and shelters
- Fire building and outdoor cooking
- Packing and preparing for multi-day river trip
- Co-operative leadership and teamwork initiatives
- Communication and trust exercises
- Eco-challenge (multi-activity adventure race)
Boundless staff are certified in advanced wilderness first aid, lifeguarding, river rescue, climbing safety and risk management protocols. Staff to student ratio is 1:5.
Bright Math Camp — Ottawa
Camp location: Carleton University in Ottawa
Mail: Bright Math Camp Inc.
6 Jeremiah Place
Ottawa, Ontario, K2H 8L8
Coordinator: Hélène Desrosiers-Grégoire
Phone: 829-5570 (h) or 797-0080 (c)
Cost: $370 for 5 days (9am to 4pm) in July (register by June 20)
This summer camp explores recreational mathematics with gifted students. Intended for gifted children in enrichment or IPRC programmes, it explores numbers, arithmetic operations, probability, statistics, sequences, combinatorics, geometry, topology, problem solving, conjectures, cryptography, and other challenges. It also offers chess, sports, swimming, and juggling. See the website for a more detailed description of the programmes and a printable registration form.
Celina's String Studio — fiddle, violin, viola — Toronto
Jeff Feldman — Creative Spark Guitar — online
Jeff is a guitar instructor who teaches students around the world via Skype. He currently teaches several homeschoolers. His students and thier parents enjoy having affordable guitar lessons from the convenience, comfort, and safety of their homes. Jeff has also taught a number of people to learn and perform songs with their friends, families for community music activities.
Phone: (415) 246-9167
Suzanne Ferguson — OCT -- Hastings County
Area: Southeastern Ontario area of Hastings County
Phone: (613) 395-1162
Suzanne possesses a B.A., B.Ed with intermediate and senior qualifications and is a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers. She has over 20 years experience teaching elementary and secondary level subject matter as a full-time classroom teacher.
Early Learning Foundations — Mississauga
- Tutoring: One on one tutoring in children's homes to increase their academic foundation and understanding.
- Homeschool Enrichment Program: An extension of parent's personalized homeschooling program. An opportunity to work on cooperative play skills, conflict resolution, differentiated instruction and a theme based academic curriculum.
EDvise Educational Consultants — reading clinics — Toronto
Daytime reading clinics with specialists using an Orton-Gillingham approach suitable for students who may not be able to learn through traditional classroom instruction. A distinct feature of the Orton-Gillingham approach is that reading, spelling and written language are taught simultaneously. Teaching style includes multisensory teaching.
Toronto Bathurst/St. Clair location:
Toronto Yonge/Eglinton location:
Both tutors are mothers, elementary school teachers with experience in ESL and Special Education, and members of the following organizations:
- Ontario College of Teachers
- Ontario Association of Educational Advocates (Certified Educational Advocates)
- International Dyslexia Association
- Learning Disabilites Association of Ontario
Educational Workshops for Home Schooling Educators — Greater Toronto GTA
Contact: Stanley R. Taylor, Retired Educator
Author of Taylor's Pneumatic Toys available on Amazon, Chapters and Barnes & Noble!
Gloucester Pottery School — Ottawa
Shenkman Arts Centre
245 Centrum Blvd
Ottawa, ON K1E 0A1
Courses in pottery for children 6-12 years of age. The website mentions Saturday classes but homeschoolers can also schedule morning or afternoon classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Grade Learning — all subjects, all grades — various locations
Grade Learning tutors are Ontario certified teachers. Group tutoring available, or one on one. Tutoring in all subjects for elementary and high school grades. High school credits available. Locations across Ontario. Have been known to help ILC students with the ILC materials.
"We help our students succeed by focusing our teaching to the individual, rather than trying to fit our students into prestructured programs. The system include a comprehensive assessment (which allows us to determine where we can have the greatest impact on your child's performance and learning), an individualized academic program and a commitment from you and your child."
Cynthia Harrison — History, Latin, French, English Writing, Literature, Math (up to Grade 8) — Ottawa Area
Lessons available at your home or a location of your preference in the Ottawa Area.
Individual or Group lessons available.
10+ years experience teaching Grades 3 - 6 in Ontario and England.
Years of experience tutoring students between grade 1 and university level (depending on the subject).
Price: Dependant on class size
Time: Flexible hours, Monday - Friday
Contact: Cynthia Harrison
Education: BA History, B.Ed
Paul Harrison — History, Latin, Philosophy, English Writing, Literature — Central Toronto (Face-to-Face), and Online
Lessons available face-to-face in central Toronto (September-May 1st) and in Ottawa (May-August 31st).
Online Lessons also available.
Individual or Group lessons available.
Several years experience working with students in school, homeschool, and university.
Price: Dependent on class size
Time: Flexible hours, Monday - Friday
Contact: Paul Harrison
Education: BA (Hon.) English & Classics, MA English, MA Medieval Studies, (ongoing) PhD English
Kingston Gymnastics — Kingston
Offers Field Trip program from ages 2 and up trying all the different apparatus including floor, beam, bars, in-ground foam pit, vault and trampoline. Spectators can watch from viewing upstairs overlooking the entire gym.
Contact: Holly Lewis
Field Trip Coordinator
Learn Literacy — Reading/ Writing & Dyslexia Support — Mississauga
Learn Literacy offers individualized reading/ writing instruction and dyslexia support for students of all ages and learning needs. "As a classroom teacher for over 15 years, I not only have the expertise, but the passion and belief that ALL children can learn literacy and have language skills for life."
Cheryl Urbanczyk, BS, MA, OCT- Reading Specialist
MasterMath — middle school math — online tutoring
A virtual-classroom experience from your home on your computer. You need internet access and a phone or computer microphone. An initial assessment helps determine where the student needs help. One-on-one or group lessons. Your student sees the tutor's computer screen, hears the tutor, and can show his/her work on interactive worksheets. The tutor hears the student, sees and corrects his/her work on-screen. Every lesson taught by Stan Lisle. Discounts for tutoring packages or group lessons.
The website also has many free video lessons, practice worksheets, and self-grading quizzes. Site members are invited to contribute content to the site.
Medieval Times — history and performing arts — Toronto
Medieval Times is a family-friendly dinner show inspired by 11th century feasts and jousting tournaments, which ties in with the Ontario 4th grade curriculum on medieval history but could also be relevant to the study of music, production, and dramatic arts. In a castle-style decor in Toronto, a medieval-style meal * is served by waiters in historical costume while diners eat with their hands (for historical authenticity) and watch the jousting, horsemanship, swordplay, and other games of skill presented by the Knights in the centre stage.
* vegetarian, kosher and halal versions are available upon request
The 2-hour educational matinees also include a 30-minute interactive seminar, bird of prey meet & greet and demonstration. There is also a bar, dance floor, Hall of Arms displaying medieval artifacts and a medieval torture museum.
The regular (non-group) price is $65.95* for an adult, $42.95* for a child under age 13, with children under 3 admitted for free if they sit on an adult's lap and share a paying guest's meal. The educational group price (for 15 or more students) is $30.95* per person for a matinee or $39.95* per person for an evening performance or a full menu.
* plus taxes, processing fee, and gratuities
For more information about the show and for show times, visit www.medievaltimes.com. For educational resources (teaching aids and activities), visit www.medievaltimes.com/teachers-students/teachers-guide.html.
Mississauga Piano Studios — also other instruments and voice — Mississauga and GTA
65 instructors at locations in Mississauga and the GTA. Lessons in piano, guitar, voice, violin, flute, drums, clarinet, saxophone and keyboard.
- Daytime private lessons available for homeschoolers.
- Optional yearly concerts, festivals, and examinations
For those who mention this listing :
- First piano lesson free for each homeschooler
- Discounted rates for each homeschooler in all instruments and voice
MoreMusic — Tillsonburg
Music program for children in grades 4 to 8, learning how to play on wind and brass instruments. Instruments are available for rental.
Also offering individual music lessons in a wide range of instruments to students starting at age 5 and continuing up to university. Those instruments include piano, violin, guitar, voice as well as any of the wind or brass instruments that they can learn as a group.
One on one lessons: $16 per half hour
Band lessons $40.00 per month per child
Rental of instruments - range from $20.00 - 42.00 per month( $109.00 - $245.00 per school year)
Books - $9.90
Stand - $19.96
Mostly Math Enrichment Centre
Educational consulting and guidance services. Mostly Math was created as an open resource centre for families and students to use according to their individualized needs.
Director: Sarah Rainsberger
591 Sheppard Avenue East
North York (Toronto) ON M2K 1B4
North Huron Museum
North Huron Museum is a community museum which celebrates the history of the region and has exhibits on medicine, the military, recreation, CKNX, local industry and more. The children's program is very hands on giving them the opportunity to touch and feel artifacts. Please contact us for more information or a program tailored to your specific needs.
Contact Information and Address:
Street Address: 273 Josephine Street, Wingham, Ontario
Post Address: Box 1522, Wingham, Ontario, N0G 2W0
Telephone: (519) 357-1096
Fax: (519) 357-1110
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also find us on Facebook and Linkedin
The Ontario Science Centre's Educational Programs — Toronto
Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Rd
Toronto, Ontario M3C 1T3
Business Hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm- Monday to Friday
Fax on Demand: 416-696-3231
Recorded Info Line: 416-696-3177
School Bookings Phone: 416-696-3140
School Bookings Fax: 416-696-3226
Camps/Sleepover Phone: 416-696-3256
Camps/Sleepover Fax: 416-696-3139
The Ontario Science Centre's Educational Programs for Canadian schools are available to homeschoolers as well, including the Early Bird Special discount ($5 saving per person), provided that the Homeschool group meets the criteria for Canadian School Group Admission rates:
1) pre-booking and confirmation by mail or fax
2) a minimum of 10 students per group for an exhibit hall visit
3) a minimum of 20 students per group for a School Program
4) a minimum number of supervisors, based on a ratio of students to supervisors depending on grade level
The Canadian School programs are listed on their web site. If you have difficulty meeting the minimum student number requirements, you can either try to build up the sze of your group through announcements on the hs-ontrips list, or you may bring any fewer number of students you like, provided the minimum number are paid for. (Another option is a family membership. It will not gain you admission to the school programs, but does provide access to the public demonstrations and lectures put on every day at the Centre.) Bookings are made on a first come first served basis and are not done over the phone due to the volume of calls. If you are interested in booking a school-program visit, fill out the Special Offer School Visits application form and fax it to the Centre.
Open Door Math — online math tutoring
Online math tutoring service to help teach, inspire and motivate elementary and high school students to be successful in mathematics. All tutoring is done by one qualified, experienced, Canadian educator. The student and tutor connect to an online classroom which includes voice and a fully equipped whiteboard, and work together just as if sitting side by side. Visit the website for more details, including pricing information and reviews from students.
Piano Allegretto — piano lessons in English or en français — Orleans
Piano Allegretto offers piano lessons in Orleans, Ontario using the Simply Music method. Through its 'playing based' methodology, students learn to play contemporary, classical, blues, gospel or popular at their first lessons. Small group or private lessons in English or French. Complimentary introductory session. Special rates for family members.
Piano Allegretto offre des leçons de piano à Orléans en Ontario, avec la méthode Simply Music. Avec cette approche basée sur l'apprentissage en jouant, les élèves apprennent à jouer de la musique contemporaine, classique, populaire, blues, et gospel, dès leurs premières leçons. Les leçons sont en petits groupes ou privées, en anglais ou en français. Séance d'introduction gratuite. Tarifs réduits aux membres de la même famille.
The Old Schoolhouse magazine has reviews of the Simply Music method.
Contact: Brigitte Lachance
Michael Reist: Tutor-Mentor — Caledon East
Help with Academics, Behaviour, Goal-Setting, Parent-Child Relations
Michael Reist B.A., B.Ed., M.A.(T.) is a high school English teacher with 22 years experience and the father of four homeschooled children.
Scarborough Hoopers -- Scarborough, Toronto
Hoop Dancing Classes and Private Lessons
We are welcoming homeschooled students to explore all the fun and learn the healthy benefits of hoop dance! For girls and boys ages 4 and up. All skill levels welcome. Please check out our website to join and for more information or contact us!
Seedlings Preschool — Senior Kids Program for ages 5 to 9 — Peterborough
Seedlings Preschool is a Christian nursery school offering a licensed program for children ages 5 to 9 years of age, Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. The curriculum is emergent and project based with a focus on socialization and community.
220 Goodfellow Rd.
Peterborough ON K9J 5X3
Sing for Joy! — singing, drama — Ottawa/Hull
Tutor Jennifer Vallance offers group and individual singing lessons to homeschooled children of all ages, in her studio or your home in the Ottawa/Hull area. Classical, Musical Theatre and general singing for confidence/skill building or aiming for RCM examinations.
Monday to Friday with hours to suit your needs.
Individual lessons $18 per 1/2 hour, $35 /hour
Group lessons for 4 - 6 students $18 per hour
Travelling fee may apply depending on time/distance
Drama lessons for individuals or small groups (up to 12 students): sessions may be performance oriented, or for skill/confidence building.
Contact Jennifer at (819) 682-0986 or Email: email@example.com
Tutor Doctor — all subjects
Tutor Doctor tutors teach in the comfort of your own home, and can accommodate your schedule even on weekends. All subject, all ages. English, French, Math, Science, Chemistry, Calculus, Time Management, Organizational Skills. Some tutors and teachers experienced in home schooling methods and special education. Locations across Ontario: Toronto, North York, Etobicoke, Scarborough, City of York, East York, Brampton, Mississauga, Maple, Peel, Richmond Hill, Markham, Aurora, Newmarket, Thornhill, Woodbridge, Vaughan, and Pickering.
Phone: 1-877-9TUTOR9 (988-8679)
Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre Educational Programs — Whitchurch-Stouffville
We respect and support the home-based education community and we hope that you'll take advantage of the learning opportunities that we can offer outside your home. The Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum's Educational Programs are available to homeschoolers, including the 20% discount for residents of Whitchurch-Stouffville.
Location: East of Highway 404 and south of Aurora Sideroad in the community of Vandorf
Programs: Educational Programs consist of interactive, authentic heritage programming based on the Ontario Social Studies curriculum. A majority of our school visits are Grade 3 classes; however our programming is flexible and adaptable for most grade levels. Program options include ½ day and full day programs which consist of visits to the heritage buildings and hands-on activities with our professional Historical Interpreters.
Not seeing your ideal program? Send us an email and we can discuss your unique program needs – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
UnLimited Tutoring — Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry & Biology
Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology (All Grades)
Unlimited hours of Tutoring for a small monthly fee.
Unlimited help: The student can call or text for additional help outside of the tutoring session.
How We Tutor:
- In Person
- Custom Simulations and Video Lectures
- Unlimited Help