ACT & SAT


Our ACT students improve by an average of 5.5 points.



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High School Entrance Tests

98% of our HSPT, ISEE, SSAT & CPS students are accepted into one of their top-choice schools.

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Academic Tutoring

Our students earn higher grades and gain confidence in their classes!


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Executive Functioning

In executive functioning tutoring, students work on organization, time management, and study skills

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Why Nurturing Wisdom?

At Nurturing Wisdom, we focus on one goal: Helping your child.

Whether you work with us in person or online, you'll love our support, customization, and expertise. From day one, you'll work with a director who will get to know your child's needs and will candidly answer your questions to guide you through our tutoring process. Your child's carefully selected tutor will be equally invested in your child's success and will have a team of experts and curriculum supporting them every step of the way.

Our Process

Customization starts with your first phone call!

We start with an in-depth consultation.
Then, we create a customized tutoring plan + find a great tutor!
One-on-one tutoring sessions take place in your home, on your schedule.
We'll check in regularly about your child's progress and your overall experience.
  • Katie, parent of a 4th grader
    We had a wonderful tutoring experience. Our tutor worked with our son, John, for most of the school year. It didn’t take long for them to form a nice “working” relationship that developed into a bond. He made progress with everything she presented to him. He was so eager to impress her that we’d hear him talking to himself as he fell asleep about the things they worked on. Clearly she motivated him and knew how to get the best from him. She was flexible with scheduling, prompt and worked hard to accommodate John’s specific challenges and needs.
    Katie, parent of a 4th grader
  • Jill, parent of an 11th grader
    We have been so impressed with our tutor. He is friendly, approachable, responsive, and very good at what he does. We have seen a big improvement in Owen's strategies and preparation for the ACT.
    Jill, parent of an 11th grader
  • Lori, parent of an 11th grader
    Our tutor is very personable and real. My son relates to him beautifully. I hear them talking sports, joking and having fun together. He has given my son the confidence he needs to know he can do well. The sessions are well paced. Our tutor never feels rushed or in a hurry to leave, which creates a very nice, laid back atmosphere. He is focused on Griffin and there for him.
    Lori, parent of an 11th grader
  • Lori, parent of an 11th grader
    It's been a pleasure working with everyone. Very professional customer service. People really listened to my son's personality and needs and found the right tutor for him. Follow up for feedback, reminders for tests and tips, etc. have been great.
    Lori, parent of an 11th grader
  • Melissa, parent of 11th graders
    Our tutor has been wonderful. She is always on time and takes every minute of her time with the boys very seriously. She is engaging and doesn't just sit, which I notice keeps the boys a bit more attentive. She seems to really want them to succeed.
    Melissa, parent of 11th graders
  • Ellen, parent of a 12th grader
    Our tutor was wonderful. I can’t think of a thing we would suggest to improve. She was so responsive, available, flexible, and willing to do anything to get my son feeling well-prepared for the SAT Subject Tests. Evan thought she was wonderful and absolutely loved working with her. Highly recommend her to everyone!
    Ellen, parent of a 12th grader
  • Ellen, parent of a 12th grader
    Honestly every interaction has been great. I am so happy with the work of this company and have already given out the contact info to other families. I can’t say enough positive things!
    Ellen, parent of a 12th grader
  • Melissa, parent of 11th graders
    We have used NW with our other three children so it was a no-brainer to reach out again to NW for our twins. You all teach them strategies for test taking, but it also teaches them to 'read between the lines' in life also. Whether it is current news or trying to get along with a roommate or colleague, these are important lessons. Thank you!
    Melissa, parent of 11th graders
  • Michelle, parent of a 12th grader
    Our tutor was fabulous! He taught Kevin more about grammar, punctuation, and writing than at least his three years in junior high! He also is unbelievably patient with a fantastic sense of humor. He helped with both ACT prep as well as college essays. My son really enjoyed working with his tutor.
    Michelle, parent of a 12th grader
  • Laura, parent of an 11th grader
    I find our tutor to be extremely professional, accommodating, and knowledgeable. Most importantly, my son Michael enjoys working with her. He thinks she clearly explains the concepts being taught. Without judgment, she explains any errors he has made. He feels his reading skills have improved after working with her. Additionally, he has said she has explained confusing grammar rules better than any previous teacher. We are both very happy with our tutor
    Laura, parent of an 11th grader
  • Marcy, parent of a 12th grader
    Our tutor was a great help to my son in preparation for his ACT. He was very responsive and flexible with us, as my son’s work schedule can be complicated.
    Marcy, parent of a 12th grader
  • Tenah, parent of an 8th grader
    You have helped my daughter in so many ways. Her confidence, grades, and test scores increased beyond our expectations, especially the test scores in only a couple of weeks. Thank you! Thank you so, so much! I have a happy, confident child entering high school.
    Tenah, parent of an 8th grader
  • Laura, parent of an 11th grader
    I have enjoyed all of my conversations with our tutoring director. She has demonstrated a deep concern for the academic needs of my son. She has been very patient in all or our conversations, which have been lengthy at times. I found her to be very knowledgeable when discussing various academic issues and developing a tutoring plan.
    Laura, parent of an 11th grader
  • Marcy, parent of a 12th grader
    I have been so impressed with your company. Excellent communication and interactions with both the students and the parents. Tutoring is a huge investment for us, so I appreciate feeling like we got what we paid for!
    Marcy, parent of a 12th grader
  • Mary, parent of a 7th grader
    Our tutor was great! He was always very prompt and ready to get to work. My son enjoyed his tutoring sessions. He would engage my son, and I would hear laughter at some point during most sessions. He made schoolwork fun!
    Mary, parent of a 7th grader
  • Cheryl, parent of an 11th grader
    My experience has been fantastic. Our tutor is a great match for Peter. Very smart and easy to be around. He has developed a great rapport with Peter. Peter has told me that he feels that our tutor is good with explanations and understands his strengths and weaknesses. Peter said that he has given him many tips and tricks to working the test properly, and he is excited to use them on the test. I highly recommend Nurturing Wisdom to my friends!
    Cheryl, parent of an 11th grader
  • Kristi, parent of an 8th grader
    My eighth grade daughter has been tutoring this fall in preparation for the HSPT in December. They hit it off right away on the first day. Our tutor is a friendly, patient, funny, kind, outgoing, genuine, intelligent person who has been extremely easy for my daughter to work with. She just seems to be at ease with herself as a tutor, and that quality helps make the sessions very successful. My daughter has made great progress from the initial pre-test to the mid-test, and I’m sure that by the post-test she will have made even more progress. We really love our tutor and cannot say enough positive things about her!
    Kristi, parent of an 8th grader
  • Mirjana, parent of a 7th grader
    He is the perfect tutor. He is knowledgeable and personable. He has the right approach to teaching a middle schooler, and my son responds well to his teaching style. He usually summarizes to me at the end of the lesson what my son and he worked on for that day. I cannot say enough positive things about our tutor. My son looks forward to tutoring with him, which speaks for itself : )
    Mirjana, parent of a 7th grader
  • Sarah, parent of an 8th grader
    He is an exceptional tutor: energetic, creative, generous, interested and interesting, attentive, detail-oriented (in the best way), communicative, friendly, and kind. And effective!
    Sarah, parent of an 8th grader
  • Deanna, parent of an 8th grader
    We couldn't have been happier with our tutor! He is a remarkable young man who listened and cued in on Maximus' needs! He was definitely everything my son needed. I would recommend Nurturing Wisdom to all, and I will also use them for my daughter as well!
    Deanna, parent of an 8th grader
  • Deanna, parent of an 8th grader
    Nurturing Wisdom was recommended by our school. I have to say I have been so happy with our overall experience - from the beginning of discussing my needs for my son to our current tutoring. Our tutoring director was always so respectful and caring. Nurturing Wisdom is an amazing company that will listen and help get the right fit for each child's needs! Going through high school testing is hard enough. When your child feels lost and unsure of how to handle testing, Nurturing Wisdom definitely prepares them for it.
    Deanna, parent of an 8th grader
  • Jenni, parent of a 4th grader
    We have had a very positive experience with our tutor. She and my daughter are very well-matched. She has been very helpful. She is patient and has given my daughter wonderful tools to use on her test. She is always punctual, and it was so easy to schedule our appointments with her.
    Jenni, parent of a 4th grader
  • Jenni, parent of a 4th grader
    Our tutoring director has been wonderful to work with. She did a great job matching my daughter with her tutor. She was very on top of things whenever I had any issues or questions. I have been incredibly happy overall with the service Nurturing Wisdom has provided us and would definitely recommend this company to my friends.
    Jenni, parent of a 4th grader
  • Andrea, parent of an 8th grader
    We can't say enough positive things about our tutor. He is reliable, patient, flexible, smart, hard-working, and makes tutoring as fun as it can be! We love that he has an easygoing style while also being very committed to covering necessary content. We've seen terrific gains attributable to our tutor’s efforts. He has been an absolute pleasure to work with.
    Andrea, parent of an 8th grader
  • Kelly, Parent of an Online Tutoring Student
    We could not have been more pleased with the tutoring at Nurturing Wisdom. From the pre-tutoring interview to learn what type of student/learner my daughter is to the tutoring itself, this program is top-notch. Although we were a little nervous to use a tutor online, that aspect was a non-issue. Overall, my daughter was so prepared for the ACT, and her score showed that preparedness. Nurturing Wisdom knows what they are doing and we highly recommend them!  
    Kelly, Parent of an Online Tutoring Student
  • Eddie Pryce, Secondary School Placement Counselor, Catherine Cook School
    Nurturing Wisdom has been a wonderful partner to our school. They have offered top-notch test prep services and feedback that are on par with other popular sources I have worked with; and their executive functioning workshops have proved to be very useful to many of our students that need a little bit of extra help in that area. Whatever supplemental services we have collaborated on, they have proved to be worthwhile. I love their pedagogy and the way that they seem to very student-focused instead of business and revenue-focused.
    Eddie Pryce, Secondary School Placement Counselor, Catherine Cook School
  • Katie Gallagher, Principal, The Frances Xavier Warde School
    Nurturing Wisdom provided our teachers with useful, practical information and strategies to improve our students’ executive functioning skills. It was a pleasure to work with the staff at Nurturing Wisdom in planning this professional development opportunity.
    Katie Gallagher, Principal, The Frances Xavier Warde School
  • Angelika Rupp, Counselor, St. Francis High School
    The executive functioning workshop offered by Nurturing Wisdom was a wonderful experience. Both students and parents learned so much from the information and hands-on experiences offered in the workshop.The feedback we received was amazing and we look forward to offering this great opportunity to our school community again.
    Angelika Rupp, Counselor, St. Francis High School
  • Molly, online ACT student
    Nurturing Wisdom was a great experience. They were accommodating, helpful, and nice every step of the way. My tutor and I worked great together. She helped me improve my scores significantly, and I am happy we decided to go to Nurturing Wisdom for my tutoring.
    Molly, online ACT student
  • Virginia, parent of a 6th grader
    Here are the pro's of online tutoring: Not having to go anywhere - just sit at the computer at home! He doesn't depend solely on me - I get a break! Watching the tutor get his agreement on actions, then writing out goals and faithfully addressing these at each session. His tutor is young, fun, and keeps him focused without the "mom factor." So far, Matthew has improved his grades from C's, D's, and F's to A's, B's and C's!
    Virginia, parent of a 6th grader
  • Aunt of a 12th grader
    After our experiences, I would recommend Nurturing Wisdom to anyone. We appreciate our tutor’s excellent work with Rahul. He has learned study skills and gained confidence in his abilities that will serve him well in college. And he's already been accepted to some colleges with generous merit and need-based financial offers!
    Aunt of a 12th grader
  • Amy, parent of an 11th grader
    Our tutor has been a great fit for our son. He is very focused, experienced, and thorough. He arrives at each session promptly and very well-prepared. He stays strong and clear the full two hours and has built our son's test-taking endurance. Our son has responded well to the lessons and has improved his SAT score.
    Amy, parent of an 11th grader
  • Parent of an 8th grader
    Our son was very skeptical about his odds of getting into the high school of his choice, St. Ignatius College Prep, after having taken the practice test and performing well below his normal standards. We were told of the tutoring program offered through Nurturing Wisdom and spoke to several parents who explained how much it helped their child, so we decided to enroll our son in their program. We were very pleased with his tutor and his style of teaching our son how to take this specific exam and what methods to implement to help him score high. As a result, he took the exam and was accepted into St Ignatius College Prep! We are extremely happy with our investment in his tutoring through Nurturing Wisdom and would recommend their program to anyone in our situation!
    Parent of an 8th grader
  • Andrea and Richard, parents of an 8th grader
    As parents, we want the best for our children. So when we make such a critical decision on who will best serve the tutoring needs for our child, we'd better be right the first time, and we were - it was Nurturing Wisdom. We knew from the minute we signed that we hit a home run. This feeling first came about when we spoke with Connor's tutor. He was an absolute professional who really knows how to convey his talent on strategic and quality test-taking. I was impressed with how he explained to Connor the importance of the test-taking strategies for each subject. He showed Connor how to tackle math equations in ways he was never taught.
    Andrea and Richard, parents of an 8th grader
  • Casey, parent of a 10th grader
    Our tutor was wonderful for my 16-year-old daughter. He was very flexible with his time and was always respectful of our tutoring time - he arrived early to every session and was ready to dive right into work. My daughter enjoyed his kind demeanor and responded well to his tutoring style...which is understanding, resourceful, and very knowledgeable.
    Casey, parent of a 10th grader
  • Casey - parent of a 10th grader
    Our tutoring director was very professional, very on point. She followed up immediately with all aspects of my daughter’s tutoring. The pre-test results are the most fascinating part of this whole “project” - being able to distill the ACT down by subject/question/content makes the entire test achievable. Having the tutor come to your home, is also a huge benefit — especially in the winter months in Chicago! I referred my nephew to your program, he, too, is reaping tremendous pleasure and growth with your program! A+.
    Casey - parent of a 10th grader
  • Darla, parent of an 11th grader
    Our tutor was very encouraging to my daughter and motivated her to try hard. She never said anything negative and always gave my daughter hope that she could get a really good ACT score. She seemed very excited about what she was doing which gave my daughter more motivation, too. She used their time very well, and their sessions always went until the last minute. She helped my daughter raise her ACT score quite a bit! I will pursue additional tutoring with my son because of the great experience with my daughter.
    Darla, parent of an 11th grader
  • Cynthia and Jim Patti, parents of high schoolers
    We continue to be really pleased with Nurturing Wisdom Tutoring. We have used NW tutors now for our two oldest children and have been very impressed with the tutors we’ve been matched with and the resulting ACT scores. The process, from initial introduction and tutor assignment to practice tests and scheduling, was very seamless and customer-focused. In our case, both children raised their scores significantly. We believe in the program and will definitely be back to Nurturing Wisdom when it is time for our third child to prepare for the ACT.

    Cynthia and Jim Patti, parents of high schoolers
  • Andrea and Richard, parents of an 8th grader
    We say this with extreme sincerity: had it not been for our tutor, Connor would have struggled on the HSPT test. We feel that Nurturing Wisdom went above and beyond to prepare Connor for such an important test. We hope that other parents who view this critical step with such high importance also choose Nurturing Wisdom.
    Andrea and Richard, parents of an 8th grader
  • Janelle, parent of a 9th grader
    Our tutor is excellent! He is so patient and never gets frustrated. He is good at giving a big picture view as well as a closer understanding of concepts. He works with our son until he has a firm grasp on that concept before moving on. He is easy to work with and very accommodating.
    Janelle, parent of a 9th grader
  • Donielle, parent of high schoolers
    Both my son, Matt, and daughter, Maggie, absolutely LOVE their tutor. We have had an amazing experience and we would (and have) recommended her to our friends. Our tutoring director is terrific! She sends reminders not just about tutoring but about the tests themselves. As a busy mom I love the fact that she reminds me about registering for a test or that the test is coming up!
    Donielle, parent of high schoolers
  • Parent of a 12th grader
    Our daughter's improvement on the ACT increased her scholarship money by $4,000 per year! I am already "prepping" my high school freshman to expect ACT tutoring from Nurturing Wisdom! Your approach works! Thanks so much for everything. We appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts.
    Parent of a 12th grader
  • Ciara N, Speech Language Pathologist & Clinical Supervisor
    Your workshop was so helpful and relevant to us. Our staff hasn’t stopped referencing things we learned, and we’ve already had the opportunity to utilize some of the skills and strategies you showed us during our programs. You were engaging and knowledgeable about executive functioning which made it easy to learn! Thank you so much.
    Ciara N, Speech Language Pathologist & Clinical Supervisor
  • Parent of a 11th Grader
    I want to let you know how you and your tutors changed the lives of my children. You were crucial in helping my daughter study for the ACT. Due to a chronic illness, she missed six weeks of school in her junior year and needed some extra help. She raised her ACT score from a 24 to a 30 and was able to get into her #1 college!
    Parent of a 11th Grader
  • Parent of an 11th grader
    Our tutor has demonstrated a clear command of the subject matter while establishing a connection with our son. Their connection enabled him to more readily grasp concepts and maximize his test results. She matched her teaching style and pace to our son’s learning style and pace.
    Parent of an 11th grader
  • Parent, "Nurturing Persistence" talk attendee
    Clearly parents were thirsty for this topic. I appreciated having both theory and case studies presented, as well as concrete suggestions for fostering the growth mindset in family life.
    Parent, "Nurturing Persistence" talk attendee
  • NW Tutor and Coach
    I’m happy to be working with a company that really cares whether they’re helping students be successful as people, not just getting them A's.
    NW Tutor and Coach
  • Parent of an 8th grader
    Our son can't believe he got every math problem correct on his high school placement test! We are very pleased because he was placed in all honors classes! Thanks for all your help.
    Parent of an 8th grader
  • Parent of an 8th grader
    I just told my husband last night what a great decision it was to have our son do summer writing tutoring with you and how much he gained. His writing teacher this year told me in conferences that she had her husband read our son’s first essay because of how great it was.
    Parent of an 8th grader
  • NW Tutor
    I've had a lot of jobs in education but none as rewarding as tutoring. You get to have a personal connection with students and families, and use the best of your skills to bring out the best in your students.
    NW Tutor
  • Marybeth, parent of high schoolers
    Both of my young adult children really love their tutor. Not only is he a great tutor, he makes it fun and somehow even my teenage son enjoys meeting with him. He is responsive to our requests and very trustworthy. He has really become part of our family.
    Marybeth, parent of high schoolers
  • Marybeth, parent of high schoolers
    Our tutoring director is great. He checks in all the time with me and he always makes sure that our needs are met. He goes out of his way to make sure that the kids get what they need.
    Marybeth, parent of high schoolers
  • Adam Krieger, Executive Director, Warren Township Youth Services
    We contracted with NW to provide parenting presentations and skills workshops to our local youth. The staff were very high energy and well organized in their presentations to the community. I would definitely recommend them for a school, library, or PTA-sponsored workshop.
    Adam Krieger, Executive Director, Warren Township Youth Services