Who We Serve

We serve low-income children in the Upstate area who are reading, writing and spelling at least one grade level below their peers.

Because reading, writing and spelling difficulties can result in poor school performance and low self-esteem, families who are financially able send their children with language-related learning differences to special schools or hire private tutors.

The Augustine Literacy Project is committed to providing caring, professionally-trained tutors for those whose families cannot afford to pay. The combination of nurture and knowledge that an Augustine tutor offers early to a young, at-risk student can mean the difference between productivity and a positive future, or a greater chance of falling further behind in school, dropping out, joblessness, and trouble with the law. Early reading proficiency is that important.

Since 2006, ALP has trained over 140 tutors who have provided over 9,000 hours of specialized, individualized reading tutoring in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Augustine tutors currently serve in the following elementary schools:


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

Augustine Literacy Project of the Upstate (ALP-Upstate) believes that educational equity requires a child to become competent in reading and writing regardless of their learning differences. We recognize that there is a diversity in the way individuals process information. It is vitally important that children in this significant learning-differences population be able to "Read to Learn" by the end of third grade in order to progress successfully through the rest of school and on into adult life. If this is not achieved, this population will be disadvantaged in society and not be able to contribute their full talents to it.

Educational equity requires identifying these differences and tailoring learning for them. ALP-Upstate is committed to providing high quality assessment and evidence-based one-to-one literacy tutoring services to learning-diverse students in order to address this inequity.

Working with schools under their own Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) guidelines to select students that meet the ALP-Upstate charter, we will accept children regardless of any other attributes beyond a willingness to learn.

ALP-Upstate accepts tutors, volunteers and staff of all ages, ethnicity, backgrounds, beliefs and physical attributes based solely on their commitment, character, competence and ability to perform their relevant tasks relating to ALP-Upstate.

From the Board and staff to volunteers and students, we create an instructional partnership environment that is diverse, inclusive, harmonious, and respectful.


“If children do not have reading fluency by the end of the third grade, it's going to cost 7-8 times as much in time and money to address their reading problems and get them up to grade level in reading. ”
  — James Wendorf, Executive Director of the National Center for Learning Disabilities