Excel ACT Tutoring and Mentoring

Students studying in Spoelhof cafe

Improve your ACT score

The Excel ACT Tutoring and Mentoring Program, coordinated by the offices of pre-college programs and the Service-Learning Center at Calvin College, is available to high school students from the following public school districts: Grand Rapids (Central Campus, Ottawa Hills and Union), Wyoming, Godfrey-Lee, and Kentwood, as well as Potter's House Christian.

Up to 40 students in each semester (fall and spring) from the designated high schools will be able to participate in a five-week session in which Calvin students provide mentoring and tutoring assistance for the ACT. Students are also able to participate in additional academic enrichment and other activities offered by the college, such as Aspirando Alto and the MLK Young Leaders Weekend.

Dates, time and location

  • Orientation Dinner - Monday, October 13 at 6 p.m. Located at the Prince Conference Center. Families welcome.
  • Tutoring/Mentoring - October 21 - November 20, 2014, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4 - 5 p.m.
    > Optional tutoring time from 5 - 5:30 p.m. is available if both tutor and student are willing and available.
  • Celebration Dinner - Friday, November 21 at 6 p.m. Located at the Prince Conference Center. Families welcome).


There is no fee to apply. The refundable enrollment fee of $40.00 is due at the family orientation for those students who are admitted. The fee will be returned at the end of the five-week session with a minimum of 80% attendance.

Areas of study

Time is dedicated to covering specific subject matters included on the ACT:  English, math, reading, science and writing.  At the end of each five-week session, the pairs and triads (in addition to the pre-college students’ parents) will be honored through a celebration. 

This program is partially funded by Grand Rapids Youth Grants, a fund of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.