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    Volunteer at Your Local School

    Highlighted Volunteer Opportunities

    Did you know that as many as 25,000 individuals volunteer in schools across our district annually? Parents, community volunteers and partners serving Seattle Public Schools students play an important role in our efforts to ensure educational excellence and eliminate opportunity gaps.

    We each possess skills that are valuable to a student. Here are some ways you can share your talents:

    • Be a tutor or a mentor
    • Help students with homework
    • Listen to children read
    • Play educational games with students
    • Assist with math or science
    • Share information about local history
    • Help students learn another language
    • Support special projects, activities, or field trips
    • Assist with after-school programs
    • Provide office support
    • Become involved with school leadership

    Volunteer at Your Local School

    Kindergarten class

    To volunteer at your local school, please contact that school directly to find out about its specific volunteer opportunities. For volunteer forms, district map, list of volunteer coordinators contacts, and additional information about volunteering with Seattle Public Schools, visit Getting Started.

    Highlighted Volunteer Opportunities

    Tutor or Mentor

    Join the Denny International School volunteer community!

    Denny International Community Volunteers, Staff and Partners

    It takes a large, diverse network of incredible partners to support every student, in every classroom, every day.

    Communities In Schools of SeattleUW Pipeline Project and City Year are just three of many community organizations providing academic, enrichment and health programming at Denny International Middle School.

    Assistant Principal Lisa Moland and her dedicated team live by the school’s motto “We All Belong” by cultivating relationships with South West Seattle’s diverse communities. This important work results in programs that reflect the rich culture of Denny scholars and ensures their academic and social emotional growth and success.

    Communities In Schools of Seattle Site Coordinator Ressie Brown engages community volunteers in events throughout the year. In March, she organized a very successful East African Parent Involvement Day with food and raffle prizes donated by the Mason’s and dozens of volunteers involved in creating a welcoming space for attending families and scholars. Ongoing volunteer opportunities include organizing donations of clothing, books, and the food pantry. 

    Learn how you can become part of this thriving volunteer community here

    The math department at Denny International Middle School has been teaming up with the University of Washington and the Pipeline Project since the fall of 2012.  In that timespan, over 30 volunteers worked with math scholars while also earning college credit. UW tutors work with Denny students in both one on one and whole class settings. Through the Pipeline Project, scholars meet great near-peer mentors who they can relate to, who also do a great job supporting scholars in their math education. If you are a UW student, you can volunteer at Seattle Schools through the UW Pipeline Project! More info here.

    Become a Reading Partner!

    Be a Mentor or Tutor with Community for Youth. By giving one hour of your time each week you will make a significant and lasting impact on the lives of young elementary school children in Highland Park, Sanislo, Beverly Park, and Madrona Elementary Schools.

    Tutor and student reading together

    Reading Partners Volunteer Tutors work one-on-one with kindergarten through fourth grade students whose literacy skills are one month to two and a half years below grade level benchmarks. By following a research-based curriculum during each tutoring session, volunteers make an enormous impact. On average, students DOUBLE their rate of learning while enrolled in the program.   
    Contact or visit our webpage at Reading Partners.

    Volunteer Opportunity with the Seattle World School

    The Seattle World School is a Seattle public school on Capitol Hill serving newcomer refugee and immigrant students aged 11-21. It is a wonderful place for anyone interested in working with students of diverse backgrounds. The school is a transitional program which helps students better understand the North American school system and improve their literacy in English before entering mainstream schools.

    Volunteers are needed to assist in various ELL subjects, such as Literacy, Math, Science, Social Studies and Multimedia. Previous tutoring experience is not necessary, but volunteers must:

    • Have an open mind, a passion for education and excellent communication skills 
    • Be dependable, patient, flexible and able to commit to a weekly volunteer schedule of at least 2 hours per week, preferably for the remainder of the current semester

    Familiarity with other languages and cultures is appreciated, but not required; Spanish, Somali, Chinese and Vietnamese are our largest language populations.

    If you are interested in getting involved with the SWS, please contact their school at: 301 21st Ave. E, Seattle WA 98122 206-252-2200.

    Volunteer with the Washington Reading Corps

    The Washington Reading Corps is a statewide program that matches volunteer reading tutors with elementary students who are reading below grade level. Daytime and afterschool reading tutors are in demand at these schools located in Central, South and Southwest Seattle. If you are interested in becoming a reading partner for these students, or would like additional information, please visit the Washington Reading Corps.

    Tutoring/Mentoring with the Interagency Academy

    The Interagency Academy is comprised of small schools throughout Seattle that serve the most academically and socially challenged of our middle and high school students. Students in these schools are or have been in detention, in treatment programs, or have not succeeded in regular and alternative schools. Volunteers go through additional training and screening to make sure they are prepared for working with these students. For more information about volunteering for the Interagency Academy, please contact the Principal at 206-252-0069.

    Big Brothers/Big Sisters School-Based Mentoring Program

    The BB/BS school-based mentoring program is an innovative approach to reach a more diverse population of children. Located primary in the central and south end of Seattle, the mentor meets with the student on the school campus, once a week, during school hours, for a minimum of one year. The goal is student success through academic support, one-to-one friendship and positive role modeling. For more information about this program, please call 206-763-9060 or visit

    Observation Hours/Degree Students

    Classroom Observation Hours

    If you are a college-level student, or prospective college-level student, wishing to earn classroom observation hours for a university program, please contact your local school directly. University of Washington students may contact the Pipeline Project directly at 206-616-2302.

    For elementary school-aged observation or volunteering, contact the school volunteer coordinator. For middle or high school ages, contact the department head of the subject area for which you are interested in volunteering or observing through the School's main number.


    Volunteer Your Technology Skills with TECH CORPS

    TECH CORPS is the leading national nonprofit mobilizing technology volunteers into schools. In partnership with Seattle Public Schools, they are looking for volunteers to

    • Participate in technology planning
    • Conduct teacher training seminars
    • Repair, refurbish and install computers
    • Provide technical support
    • Mentor students and staff, and
    • Assist teachers with classroom technology projects

    If you have technology experience and are interested in using that talent for your local school, please visit to learn more and register as a volunteer. Or you can contact Washington TECH CORPS at 206-463-3344,

    For High School Students

    Become a Cross-age or Peer Tutor

    Schools encourage older students to get involved in tutoring peers or becoming tutor-mentors to younger students. Put your talents to good use and become a volunteer at your local school! Contact the school you would like to work with to find out about opportunities.

    Team Read

    Team Read is a Seattle School District tutoring program that pairs high school students with elementary school students to provide tutoring in reading. The tutors (also referred to as reading coaches) receive compensation. They can choose hourly pay, community service credit, or college tuition. Reading coaches learn responsibility, diligence, determination, patience, insight and confidence while building a unique and special friendship. Team Read also looks for volunteer adults to supervise the program and tutoring sessions. Visit (outside link) to learn more.

    Washington Reading Corps

    Become a volunteer tutor with the Washington Reading Corps! Help elementary students become more confident readers! Contact Dearborn Park Elementary

    After School

    Many schools have after-school programs that also need volunteers to help with academic, social and enrichment programs. Contact your local school and ask about after-school volunteer needs.

    Community Learning Centers are great programs for volunteers in the afternoons. For more information about Community Learning Centers, please visit Community Learning Centers. 

    Evening Volunteer Opportunities are available at various schools. While regular school programs are limited in the evening, your local school likely has several events or programs throughout the year that call for volunteer assistance such as family literacy nights, dinners, auctions, and evening meetings and classes. Contact your local school and ask how you can help!

    There are also a few alternative schools with evening programs, such as Seattle Evening School.

    We also have valued community partners with evening volunteer opportunities. These organizations are not directly connected to schools, but provide valuable support and services to our students.

    Group Projects

    Seattle Public Schools welcomes groups from the community, including employee groups who wish to be involved with the schools together on a short-term or project basis, or long-term involvement.

    Maintenance Projects are a great way to involve larger groups of people for one-day events. These types of projects are coordinated by our Self-Help Office (schools that are helping themselves to complete identified maintenance or building projects). Please contact Gretchen DeDecker at 206-252-0637 or

    Other Opportunities

    We recognize that there is a variety of experience and talent in the Seattle Community that does not necessarily fit into a category such as tutoring. If you have something to share, there are students or school staff who would love to learn from you. Please think outside the box when considering volunteer options, and contact your local school to discuss your ideas.

    Speaking/Presentations:  We encourage community members who have particular experience and stories to offer our students, even though Seattle Public Schools does not currently have a Speakers Bureau. Your neighborhood school may be able to suggest ways that you can engage the school and share your expertise.

    If you are interested, it will be helpful for you to put together a written proposal or other information, including promotional flyers about the presentations or workshops you offer. If possible, identify the grade levels or course subjects with which your information best fits.

    Leadership: Schools are often looking to involve families and the community in leadership and advisory roles, and those people who can help advocate for schools and children in the larger community. Please contact your local school to find out what leadership or advisory roles they have for volunteers.