supporting Cambridge public school students

Middle (Upper) Schools (Grades 6–8)

Our volunteers play a variety of roles to support adolescent learners in Grades 6–8. CSV provides the training and expert matching to ensure a win-win volunteer placement in one of our district’s five middle schools, which are called “upper schools” in Cambridge: Rindge Ave. Upper School, Cambridge Street Upper School, Vassal Lane Upper School, Putnam Ave. Upper School, and Amigos Upper School.

Learning Centers

CSV, in collaboration with the Cambridge Public Schools staff, provides academic support to students in CSV Learning Centers both before and after school. Learning Centers serve students in Grades 6–8 with free, individualized tutoring by volunteers who are recruited and trained by CSV. Each center provides students with a quiet, supportive setting in which to reinforce academic content, complete homework assignments, and receive assistance building study skills.


NetPals pairs every seventh-grader in three schools—Rindge Ave. Upper School, Cambridge Street Upper School, and Putnam Ave. Upper School, with a NetPal STEM mentor for six months of emailing and face-to-face visits at the school and work site.

If your company is interested in becoming a corporate partner in our NetPals Program, contact Analía Ivanier, program director.

Classroom Assistants

Volunteers are placed in classrooms to provide assistance with both individualized and small group instruction within all curricular areas. This includes special education, English language learning, art, and science. Volunteers work with students of all levels and assist with a variety of academic needs.