Tutors

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.


Online Tutors

  • Jeff Feldman — Creative Spark Guitar
    www.CreativeSparkGuitar.com
    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.
    Email: Jeff@CreativeSparkGuitar.com
    Phone: (415) 246-9167
  • Paul Harrison — History, Latin, Philosophy, English Writing, Literature —  Face-to-Face Lessons also available in central Toronto (September-May 1st) and in Ottawa (May-August 31st).
    Individual or Group lessons.
    Several years experience working with students in school, homeschool, and university.
    Price: Dependent on class size
    Time: Flexible hours, Monday - Friday
    Contact: Paul Harrison
    Phone: 613-728-7788
    Email: pharrison15@yahoo.com
    Education: BA (Hon.) English & Classics, MA English, MA Medieval Studies, (ongoing) PhD English
  • Stan Lisle — MasterMath — online tutoring for middle school math
    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.
    Stan Lisle
    www.mastermath.info
  • Anne Petersen — Open Door Math — 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.
    Phone: (519) 327-9510 (Clifford, Ontario)
    Email: opendoormath@gmail.com
    Website: sites.google.com/site/emathhelp

Ontario-wide

  • 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 includes 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."
    gradelearning.ca
    1-800-208-3623
  • Tutor Doctor — all subjects, all grades — various locations.
    tutordoctor.com
    In-home tutoring on a schedule that accommodates you, 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)

Southwestern Ontario

  • 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.
    Dianne Clark
    27-129 Concession St E
    Tillsonburg ON N4G 4N4
    Phone: 842-7473 or 688-5127
    Email: alwaysmoremusic@yahoo.ca
    Website: alwaysmusical.tripod.com
    COST:
    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
  • North Huron Museum -- Wingham
    A community museum that 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.
    Street Address: 273 Josephine Street, Wingham, Ontario
    Post Address: Box 1522, Wingham, Ontario, N0G 2W0
    Telephone: (519) 357-1096
    Fax: (519) 357-1110
    Email: nhmuseum@northhuron.ca or northhuronmuseum@northhuron.ca
    You can also find us on Facebook and Linkedin
  • Primarily Piano -- London Ontario
    Guidance in masterful piano playing as well as in mindful yoga practice
    Contact: Yolanda Postma
    Phone: (519) 686-8346
    Email: yolanda@primarilypiano.com
    Website: www.primarilypiano.com

Toronto & GTA

  • A + Tutors For Less - Home Tutoring -- Toronto & GTA
    www.tutorsforless.com
  • Art Instruction with Judith Jewer — Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Scarborough East.
    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.
    Phone number: 905-839-7816
    Judith's students art online: judithjewer.blogspot.ca
    www.judithjewer.com
  • 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
    Toronto, ON
    M5S 1W7
    Website: www.batashoemuseum.ca
    Teacher Resource Website: www.allaboutshoes.ca
    To book a field trip, contact:
    Phone: (416) 979-7799 xt 242
    Email: education@batashoemuseum.ca
  • Celina's String Studio — fiddle, violin, viola — Toronto
    www.celinasstringstudio.com
    Celtic, Old Time & Classical; Fiddle, Violin, and Viola Lessons
    Celina Di Cecca B.Mus.
    celinadicecca@gmail.com
    519.933.0582
  • Early Learning Foundations — Mississauga
    Tutoring and Homeschool Enrichment Program
    Contact: Carla Ward, RECE
    www.elfoundations.com
    carla.ward@elfoundations.com
    (647) 206-0963
    • 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:
    Virginia Wheler
    416-574-4085
    vwheler.edvise@sympatico.ca
    Toronto Yonge/Eglinton location:
    Liisa Freure
    416-433-9580
    lfreure.edvise@sympatico.ca
    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
    Blog: stanleyrtaylorcommunications.blogspot.com
    Phone: 905-862-0061
    Email: SRTENT@ruralwave.ca
  • 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
    Phone: 613-728-7788
    Email: pharrison15@yahoo.com
    Education: BA (Hon.) English & Classics, MA English, MA Medieval Studies, (ongoing) PhD English
  • Learn Literacy — Reading/ Writing & Dyslexia Support — Mississauga
    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
    Cheryl Urbanczyk
    7286 Saint Barbara Blvd
    Mississauga ON L5W 0C1
    www.learnliteracy.com
    cheryl@learnliteracy.com
  • 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 — 65 instructors at locations in Mississauga and the GTA. Lessons in piano, guitar, voice, violin, flute, drums, clarinet, saxophone, and keyboard.

    Phone: 905-542-2687
    Email: mississaugapiano@hotmail.com
    Website: www.mississaugapianostudios.com

    • Daytime private lessons available for homeschoolers.
    • Optional yearly concerts, festivals, and examinations

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    • First piano lesson free for each homeschooler
    • Discounted rates for each homeschooler in all instruments and voice
  • Mostly Math Enrichment Centre — North York
    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.
    1 Elynhill Drive
    North York ON M2R 1C5 
    (West from Mel Lastman Square)
    Email: receptionist@mostly-math.com
    Website: www.mostly-math.com
    Phone: 416-502-1717
  • The Ontario Science Centre's Educational Programs — Toronto
    www.OntarioScienceCentre.ca
    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
    E-Mail: school_bookings@osc.on.ca
    Camps/Sleepover Phone: 416-696-3256
    Camps/Sleepover Fax: 416-696-3139
    E-Mail: camps@osc.on.ca
    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.
  • Purple Carrots Drama Studio
    Inclusive drama classes specializing in varying abilities. Workshops are designed to improve connection and communication through drama, with a focus on self-expression, socials skills, confidence and team work. Workshops include drama, music, movement and visual art.
    http://www.purplecarrotsdrama.com
    Jordan Campbell
    jordanpcdrama@gmail.com
    613-262-6134
  • 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.
    Michael Reist
    15 McKinley Cresent
    Caledon East, Ontario L0N 1E0
    Phone: (905) 584-4394
    Email: michaelreist@hotmail.com
    Website: www.michaelreist.ca
  • 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.
    Website: www.townofws.ca/museum
    Not seeing your ideal program? Send us an email and we can discuss your unique program needs – please contact krista.rauchenstein@townofws.ca

Central & Southeastern Ontario

  • 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.
    Seedlings Preschool
    220 Goodfellow Rd.
    Peterborough ON K9J 5X3
    Phone: 705-775-5437
  • 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.
  • Kingston Gymnastics — 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
    613-384-1190
    Email:kgcfieldtrips@gmail.com

Ottawa

  • Stéphanie Belzil — Daytime violin lessons offered in Ottawa (Orleans), Ontario, by a professional violin player and qualified teacher who is looking to add homeschoolers to her studio.
    Email: stephmus@hotmail.com
    Phone: 613-424-6510
  • Amy Boyes Piano Studio — Welcoming homeschooling families with sibling discounts and daytime hours, in the Ottawa West Region
    www.amyboyes-pianostudio.com
  • 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
    Email: boundless@on.aibn.com
    Phone: 416-658-7959
    Fax: 416-658-1520
    Website: www.theboundlessschool.com
    A summer private school which mixes the Ontario Curriculum with outdoor adventure. 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. 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)
  • Bright Math Camp — 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.
    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)
    Email: hdgregoire@rogers.com
    Website: www.ncf.ca/~au680/index.htm
    Cost: $370 for 5 days (9am to 4pm) in July (register by June 20)
  • Gloucester Pottery School — 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.

    www.gloucesterpotteryschool.com
    Shenkman Arts Centre
    245 Centrum Blvd
    Ottawa, ON K1E 0A1
    Admin: 613-580-2763
    Registration: 613-580-2787
    rosemary@gloucesterpotteryschool.com

  • Cynthia Harrison — History, Latin, French, English Writing, Literature, Math (up to Grade 8) — 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
    Phone: 613-728-7788
    Email: harrisonsoccer@rogers.com
    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
    Phone: 613-728-7788
    Email: pharrison15@yahoo.com
    Education: BA (Hon.) English & Classics, MA English, MA Medieval Studies, (ongoing) PhD English
  • 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
    Phone: 613-824-4459
    Website: www.pianoallegretto.ca
  • 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: jennylanesings@hotmail.com