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Improve your test scores and optimize your college planning

CLTRising is a tutoring and college preparatory nonprofit that provides services to help high-achieving, low-income students gain opportunities to pursue their dream career path and a college of their choice. Our goal is to help bridge the gap for students in Charlotte who are dedicated to pursuing higher education and making a difference in the world but may lack the means and resources to do so. We partner with high schools in Charlotte to select students who would like to participate in the 2-year, zero cost program during their junior and senior years.

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Services At-a-Glance

  • SAT Fundamentals – Pre-Prep Summer Online Program – assistance in building a foundation in math and ELA skills essential for scoring well on the SAT (summer between 10th and 11th grade)
  • Weekly personalized SAT tutoring (alternating math and ELA sessions) (11th grade)
  • College planning, application & essay revision assistance (summer through spring, 11th-12th grade)
  • Provision of SAT resources, including SAT registrations, study guides, transportation to/from tutoring as necessary


A few testimonials from students, parents and faculty who have worked with CLTRising

I am incredibly grateful for the support CLTRising has given me with my college admissions journey by offering SAT/ACT tutoring services in English and Math, providing feedback on admission and scholarship supplements, and giving advice on the college admissions process. I not only boosted my SAT score and received assistance with revisions on my supplemental essays, but I also gained constant guidance to become successful when applying to college.
Shanly V.
Shanly V.
CLTRising Student
This program gave me confidence to know that I will be prepared for college admissions. Their help with SAT preparation and the college application process is phenomenal, and now I've been admitted to a top school!
Jaime C.
Jaime C.
CLTRising Student
CLTRising is the best service one can get for the SAT and ACT, which also includes help with college planning. They have great tutoring sessions, helpful tips and lots of resources. Alice is an amazing math tutor and Maryanne is a blessing. She helps out with literally everything from college essays, SAT ELA tutoring, making sure that the student stays organized, to helping them believe that they can achieve anything and solve any problem. Plus, CLTRising is also very understanding of their students’ situations and is flexible. All you have to do is be willing to give them your best.
Anita O.
Anita O.
CLTRising Student
CLTRising has provided opportunities to students at Harding such as afterschool tutoring, scholarship writing, and a personal mentor during the Questbridge process. The opportunities and resources afforded have led to students receiving full academic scholarships to Ivy League institutions such as Dartmouth College and The University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, students who been accepted into High Point University, Elon University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Colorado State University.
Chemier Bufford
Chemier Bufford
IB Coordinator at Harding University High School
The program is tailored to my son's needs, tackling the areas that he needed to improve his scores. My son improved drastically, over a 100 points on his SAT reading and writing score, allowing him to be accepted into many Ivy League schools as well as other top universities. The coaching is personalized, not limited to tutoring but also includes help with essay revisions and university applications.
Jaime C. Sr.
Jaime C. Sr.
Parent of CLTRising student
CLTRising has helped me significantly and has put me on a fast path to success. In addition to tutoring and college application help, Matt has provided me with finance internship opportunities while I am attending Dartmouth. This has helped me to build my resume and gain experience that otherwise would have been very difficult as a college freshman.
Vicente V.
Vicente V.
CLTRising Student

Our Team

Meet our core leadership team. We look forward to serving you.

Matt Magan
Matt Magan


Maryanne Hogan
Maryanne Hogan

Executive Director & ELA Development Lead

Alice Lou
Alice Lou

Math Program Lead

Nia Matherson
Nia Matherson

Math Tutor


We offer a holistic approach to the college planning, test preparation, application, and matriculation processes. A litmus test of our success is the quality of universities that accept CLTRising students with financial aid relative to initial student benchmark.

Colleges & universities that have accepted our students:
  • Darmouth**

  • University of Pennsylvania**

  • UNC-Chapel Hill*

  • Howard University*

  • New York University

  • Elon University**

* Denotes partial scholarship awarded
** Denotes full scholarship awarded

Average SAT Score Improvement ~3.5x More than Average Test Taker
SAT Comparison Bar Chart

(1) ETS Data
(2) Khan Academy May 2017 Announcement

School Rank Increase from Initial ‘Target’ School to Matriculated School


* Methodology: Taking GPA and best pre-program SAT score plus 65 point average improvement score; PrepScholar ‘Same Level’ school are considered Initial ‘Target’ School, and US News National Universities ranking is utilized (assumed lowest – #400 – if Initial Target School not ranked)

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Do feel free to contact us or just send in your queries in the form to the right and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

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