Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia is a tuition-free, academic enrichment program, which prepares academically motivated, but under-resourced middle-school students to enter and succeed in college-preparatory high school programs and matriculate to a four-year college. Programming for students and families begins the summer before seventh grade and continues during the school year.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should my student apply to Breakthrough?
Unfortunately, we cannot accept students prior to their 5th-grade school year. We may be able to accommodate older students on a wait-list basis in our older classes.
Who are Breakthrough students?
Breakthrough students have above-average grades and are good citizens in their schools. Breakthrough students embrace hard work, challenging tasks, and honest feedback. They support and encourage their peers, are excited to explore and learn new things, and set goals, and meet them.
What is the commitment?
Breakthrough families are expected to participate actively in the program starting the summer before seventh grade. The program consists of school-year Saturday programs at least twelve times throughout the school year and a six-week, intensive summer session, before a student’s seventh, eighth, and ninth grade years.
Is it okay to miss a few days of the summer program for a vacation?
Attendance in the summer program is mandatory, except in cases of illness. With a limited number of days in the summer program, students who are absent will fall behind quickly and miss valuable instruction. If your family is planning an extended vacation and your student will miss more than three academic days, you should not apply to the program.
After our family submits an application, what’s next?
Within two weeks of the submission deadline, you will know if you are invited for an interview.
Where is Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia?
The Breakthrough office is located at Germantown Friends School, 34 W. Coulter St., Philadelphia, PA 19144. We hold program activities at Germantown Friends School.