Kimberly Lightford Saturday University

Kimberly Lightford Saturday University is a FREE enrichment program for 5th though 8th grade students.


Senator Lightford

What is Kimberly Lightford Saturday University?

The program meets for 10 weeks during the Fall and Spring Semester in Maywood, IL from 10am to 1pm. The upcoming Spring semester starts February 8th, 2020. The Black Star Project and Kimberly Lightford Saturday University formed a partnership to create a comprehensive learning system designed to improve the academic performance of Chicago's children. The Black Star Project instructors will teach students: reading comphrension, critical thinking, effective writing, and math skills. The goal is for students to develop confidence, increase self-esteem, life long skills, and move into action to improve their communities.

Call 773-285-9600 to register your child for KLSU Spring 2020!  

Why is this program important?

Students in low-income, mostly Black and Latino neighborhoods are achieving academically at incredibly low levels. In 2013, only 11% of Black, 8th-grade students in Chicago scored at or above a proficient level in reading and only 10% of Black, 8th-grade students scored at or above a proficient level in math, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (nicknamed "The Nation's Report Card"). This means that 89% of these students are NOT reading proficiently and 90% of them are NOT calculating and problem-solving proficiently in math!

Our students need help, but tutoring can be incredibly expensive. The program goal is to not only improve the life of the Black and Latino communities, but closing the racial academic achievement gap. Kimberly Lightford Saturday University presents an opportunity for parents and communities to take control of their children's education by ensuring they receive the extra support needed to excel. 

Who do I contact with questions about Saturday University?

Please COMPLETE THIS FORM to register your student for the upcoming Spring semester, beginning Februrary 8th! Call 773-285-9600 with any questions. 


Academic Programs

Schools cannot educate children without the support of parents, families and communities. Good teachers and administrators are invaluable to the educational process, but they are not miracle workers. Schools, by themselves, do not educate children. What happens in a school is important; but just as important is what happens in the home and the community where the child lives. Good schools seldom (if ever) create good communities; but good communities usually create good schools!

All of our academic programs abide by this philosophy. In order for us to be successful, we need active and involved parents, families, communities! We are here to serve, but tutoring alone will not educate a child. This is a team effort. Join us. Be a part of the team.

Academic Programs

Kimberly Lightford Saturday University


Saturday University


Saturday University Helps 1st- through 4th-Grade Boys and Girls Become Reading Warriors.

Every Saturday, for the next 10 weeks, in Chicago, Illinois, The Black Star Project will teach young Black boys and girls to read well, think critically, study their history, love their people, develop confidence, increase self-esteem, and move into action to improve their communities. Call 773.285.9600 to register your child for another FREE term of Saturday University!  Boys 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Girls 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Private tutoring

The Black Star Project offers one-on-one private tutoring for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.  

We match students with tutors who specialize in the area where the students needs the most help.

The cost for tutoring is $40/hour, but you can pay as you go with no binding contracts or obligations.  Tutoring schedules are flexible with options as low as one hour each week.

Call Dorothy Davis at 773.285.9600 for more information or to schedule a diagnostic assessment.