A network of brilliant college mentors that will guide and inspire your student.

We’ll help you equip your student with the resources and tools to explore, build, or design anything they can dream up.

The summer of possible
2 Months. Limitless Learning.
Say goodbye to the pressure to perform and hello to a summer of endless possibilities. Sign up for a personalized and flexible 10-session mentorship program for your K-12 student.
Enrollment ends June 21.
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how it works

Tell us about your student

Take a quick survey or hop on a call. We love to hear you brag about your kid(s) or listen to your concerns. We’re also happy to chat directly with your student.


Identify your needs & goals

Does your student need help going beyond their school’s curriculum? An accountability partner or subject-matter expert for a passion project? A math mentor?


Get matched with a mentor

We’ll send you and your student up to 3 mentor suggestions to choose from within 24 hours. 99% of our customers are very happy with the matches we make but if you’re not we’ll keep trying until we get it right.


Start meeting & tracking progress

Your student will meet with their mentor virtually on a custom schedule. You’ll get progress reports and notes from the mentor after every session.

We’re experts at helping both students that know exactly what they want and those that have no idea.

Our mentors are hand-selected to be the ideal match for your student.

We focus on identifying the traits and qualities that would best help students connect with their mentors. Because who you’re learning from is just as important as what you’re learning.

Meet our mentors


Champaign, IL
Major ->
Bioengineering and Pre-Med
School ->
Stanford University


Groton, MA
Major ->
Material Science and Engineering
School ->
Stanford University


New Haven, CT
Major ->
History and Political Science
School ->
Yale University

we have 290 mentors from 39 colleges and universities, across 8+ disciplines with expertise in 147 topics.

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If we don’t already have the IDEAL mentor for your student, we’ll recruit them.

What parents are saying

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“Curious Cardinals not only helped spark Bethany's passion for writing, but connected her to a college mentor who she could see herself in and look up to for inspiration.

Every parent hopes that their kids can find role models who are not only highly ambitious and highly accomplished, but also have integrity and compassion too - and that's what Curious Cardinals has facilitated for my daughter. Her mentor helped her find her author's voice and put together a viable plan to launch her blog, all empowering her with more confidence in herself as an individual. She loved it so much that I signed my son up too!”

deb liu
mom & ceo of ancestry.com

"We marvel at the fact that the best teachers our kids have ever had aren’t even teachers! Alec and Audrey have such an impressive mastery of their respective subjects. They create engaging, relevant and challenging coursework that accomplishes what we most want for our kids - a love of learning."


“Asher is an engaging mentor who inspires my son to love learning.

Igniting intellectual passion is the key to creating life long learners who never stop wanting to understand and grow and my son is lucky to have Asher as a partner in his unusual covid-period learning!”

heather lefcourt
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“My husband, Jeff, his favorite quote growing up was always chance favors the prepared mind.

So my son Daniel is meeting with [his Curious Cardinals mentor] Matt and building his cryptocurrency expertise. There was one day, I was in my office meeting with a woman, and she says she does a podcast. One of [the episodes] was about NFTs. And I was like, ‘Oh, Daniel, my son, is learning about NFTs,’ so I called Daniel, and they basically interviewed him to see if he actually knew anything. He was great, and he was on the podcast. Without Curious Cardinals and without the mentor…that all led to this moment. It just shows that by connecting [kids] with a mentor – somebody that they can really connect with on a particular topic – they can find great opportunities.”

what you pay
per hour

Invoiced twice
per month

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what you get
  • Access to our network of college mentors
  • Personalized curriculum and project plan for your student
  • Progress reports after every session
  • Custom schedule based on your needs & availability
  • Access to our education team
  • No commitment necessary