Our Story

Founded in 1998 by Cathy Thompson, Beyond the Classroom is a unique boutique tutoring organization focused on supporting students from JK to Grade 12.

Beyond the Classroom focuses both on boosting confidence and improving the academic success of students in communities across South Western Ontario. Highly experienced tutors provide in-home, customized, one to one tutoring. Tutors are specifically selected for their superior skill set and experience including backgrounds in special education, ESL and above all else, are certified Ontario teachers.

Each child is unique and Beyond the Classroom tutors customize the sessions based on individual learning styles and abilities, focusing on embracing a student’s differences rather than isolating them.

Our Philosophy

The centre of our business model is the whole child and Beyond the Classroom is the only boutique tutoring organization with this unique focus. Not only do the tutors strive to increase the achievements of their students, they also embrace other psycho-social aspects of the students. Beyond the Classroom collaborates with local health and wellness professionals to provide support for anxiety, depression, sleep issues and nutrition – fostering the whole child rather than just academics in isolation.


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Our Statistics

Over 3 thousand students supported by Beyond the Classroom since 1998.

What families are saying

Our tutor was amazing! She helped my daughter so much! We look forward to having her back in September to continue tutoring Carly – Maggie B.

Working with Beyond the Classroom has helped my daughter in her reading and writing and I have only been with them for 3 months. Already we are seeing a difference in her confidence and ability. Thanks BTC! -Heather B

Thanks for your help Beyond the Classroom! The tutor you assigned to us was very helpful with our daughter’s challenges in grade 8 Math. After several weeks of hard work our daughter’s average increased 15%!!! She has a much better understanding of math concepts heading into grade 9 – thanks again. – Melissa T.

Cathy Thompson


Beyond the Classroom

“I believe in inspiring people to see their own brilliance in this world in order to achieve their own true potential.”

Trish Petersen Owner of Beyond the Classroom South Mississauga

Trish Petersen


South Mississauga

“I believe that when we support and nurture our children’s success, they are better positioned to be good stewards of our future.”

Cheryl Vrkljan



“My philosophy of education is that children deserve the opportunity to learn in a way and in a style that works best for them.”

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