The COACH Program

The COACH Program is a district-wide, in-school, peer tutoring program available to all students, at all levels, in all subjects. It is designed to empower students to become Academic Coaches to their student colleagues. COACH provides multiple benefits for both students being tutored and those providing assistance. Teachers and the community are winners as well.

COACH is currently active at Maine East and Maine West.

While the district has several tutorial programs in place, the COACH program expands tutorial benefits to all students -- low achieving, high achieving, and everyone in between.

Students serve as tutors within the classroom. Each teacher potentially may receive one tutor for each class he/she teaches. Student coaches receive 1/4 credit for a semester of service. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to be tutors.

The before and after school tutoring component not only improves learning for those being tutored and those coaching, it provides income for the student tutors who earn minimum wage for a maximum of three hours per week. Earning while increasing learning is definitely a win-win game plan, and the flexibility and limited hours permit students to participate in activities or take other after-school employment.

Peer tutoring programs consistently raise the achievement of both the students receiving instruction and those providing it. Structured, well-planned programs like COACH, provide solid instructional methods and training, and show the best results. Specific benefits abound for all participants.


  • Increases mastery of academic skills
  • Improves self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Improves students' attitudes and attendance

For Those Being Tutored

  • Individual instruction, tailored to individual learning styles and ability level
  • Increases feedback, encouragement, motivation and pride
  • Improves grades, test scores, and employability

Benefits for the Tutors

Instills a sense of pride and accomplishment for being helpful, and a new appreciation and respect for what it takes to impart knowledge to students

Game Plan

All District 207 students are eligible. Tutoring is available within each school Monday through Friday. Hours vary at each school, but are usually:

7:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. or 7:50 a.m.

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 5:00 p.m.

Sodexho Marriott Corporation provides snacks and soft drinks. Faculty mentors train and supervise student tutors, and match tutors with students. Individual and aggregate learning data will be used to measure the success of the program. The District's commitment to the program is long term. There is no cost to receive tutoring services.

Parents willing to pay for tutoring may make a donation to the MTHS District 207 Educational Foundation.

Donation Information

Student tutor "salaries" are paid by the District from funds raised by the Maine Township High School District 207 Educational Foundation. Other costs including three school coordinators, curriculum development fees, and stipends for thirty faculty mentors are paid from grant money obtained by the District. Students today often need and want employment. What could be better than providing students with a chance to earn some money while improving their own learning and that of others?

Invest in student achievement and help develop the local talent of the future employment pool. By supporting COACH, businesses, citizens, and home owners will receive an improved return on their tax dollars by creating a future workforce which is academically "fit" with the necessary work ethic, motivation, organization, and time management skills.

Costs to cover the hourly rate of 150 students tutors is over $80,000 per year. Parents of students being tutored can pay the hourly fee if they wish to do so, thus supporting the program.

Tax-deductible contributions for the COACH Program, should be sent c/o the

MTHS District 207 Educational Foundation

1177 S. Dee Road

Park Ridge, IL 60068

Make checks payable to the MTHS District 207 Educational Foundation, designating "COACH"

COACH Support

COACH helps well-educated, self-confident students are BETTER PREPARED FOR THE WORLD OF WORK. Even advanced placement students can IMPROVE THEIR Learning. Approximately 10% of students entering our high schools have SKILLS BELOW FRESHMAN GRADE LEVEL.

National Recoginition

The COACH program received recognition in April from the National Tutoring Association for an Outstanding Peer Tutoring Program at the high school level.