Match Corps Boston Frequently Asked Questions
For links to more detailed FAQs about the Match Corps at each campus, please scroll down to the end of the General FAQs.
1. Who are the children and adolescents who attend Match Charter Public School?
Match students come from all over Boston, and there is no entrance exam or application essay, just a straight lottery where the application form just asks for the student's residential address and basic contact information for the family.
Most of our students come from low-income households, and most are Black or Hispanic. Many arrive with math and literacy skills that are below their official grade level. Demographically, as urban youth, they arrive with just a 1-in-10 chance of earning a college degree. Our mission is to support their accelerated academic growth, so that each student, regardless of their skill level when they first enroll, goes on to thrive and succeed both in college and beyond.
2. Since they chose to attend a college preparatory charter school, all Match students super-motivated about school, right?
This isn't quite so simple. Most students enter the lottery and subsequently enroll at Match through a parent or guardian. From a kid’s point of view, Match isn't immediately attractive, since it means longer hours, harder academic work, and higher behavioral expectations and accountability.
Every single Match student receives high-dosage tutoring: from the top students (who might arrive to Grade 6 with 6th grade skills) to the lowest students (who might arrive in Grade 6 with 1st grade skills). Some of your tutees will be excited about the extra attention and accountability that comes with having a personal tutor, and others will resist it.
3. I've seen different forms of tutoring. What do Match Corps Boston participants actually do?
Corps members provide their students with individualized academic instruction in math and literacy, in a small group setting, during the school day, utilizing curriculum materials provided to them by teachers and school leadership. Each student has tutorial as a period in their daily schedule just like their core academic classes. Tutorial sessions typically takes up four or more periods of each tutor's workday.
Additionally, Corps members are also assigned a secondary project, where they assist a faculty or staff member several hours per week. Finally, tutors devote time to preparing for upcoming tutorials, call their student's parent or guardian weekly, and might spend some time after school helping the most at-risk students with their homework.
4. How are secondary projects assigned?
After having the opportunity to learn about the opportunities available at their campus during summer training, Corps members apply to their top choices and interview with the applicable teachers or staff members. Match Corps members rank their preferred projects, and the staff members identify the applicants they were most excited to collaborate with. The Match Corps director takes all this into account when assigning positions; Corps members usually receive one of their top two choices.
5. What kind of housing is available?
High School corps members live on the third floor of the Match High School in a dormitory-style living space. Match Middle School, Community Day and Next corps members live in group apartments near their respective schools. Everyone shares a bedroom with at least one other corps member of the same gender, and shares bathroom, kitchen and living space with a larger group. Accommodations are furnished, and the rent includes utilities. Although the majority of the Match Corps takes advantage of the convenience and value of this benefit, there are always some corps members who seek independent living arrangements.
6. Can Match Corps members really support themselves financially on the stipend?
Your ability to defer your loans is specific to your own situation. While Match can provide paperwork to your lender, Match is not involved in the decision. Historically, some tutors have received a loan deferral, and some have not.
8. Will I be able to receive SNAP benefits (also known as food stamps) during my year as a Match Corps member?
9. What kind of training do Corps members receive prior to starting their work with students?
There are two weeks of full-time training in August before the school year starts, as well as ongoing professional development over the course of the year. During summer training, Corps members get to know the Match community and culture, learn how to build professional relationships with students and their families, are introduced to instructional and behavior management techniques to run effective tutorials, and help the rest of the staff prepare for the students' arrival.