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Breakthrough honors its 28-year history and looks forward to building upon this solid foundation for many years to come.

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The Philadelphia chapter of Breakthrough Collaborative (formerly known as Summerbridge) is launched by Julie Friedberg (GFS ‘89), Carolyn Friedman, Peggy Greenawalt, Cheryl Wade, and Dick Wade, former head of Germantown Friends School

Germantown Friends School, one of the region’s leading independent schools, is the home to the summer and year-round enrichment programs

1998 - 1999

The first class of 30 students enter high school after attending Breakthrough for three years



Breakthrough opens a second site at Saint Joseph’s University, nearly doubling the number of middle school students served


Teaching Fellow Residency is ranked as top ten internships for college students in the US by Princeton Review, along with the White House, the Supreme Court, and MTV

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Drexel University becomes an institutional sponsor, joining St. Joseph’s University and Germantown Friends School




Breakthrough adds a program to include classes and services for high-school students as an extension of their middle school experiences

Enters into a new partnership with Germantown Friends School.

GFS helps power Breakthrough's program with its passion for intellectual exploration, curriculum enhancements, experienced faculty to coach Teaching Fellows, facilities to house offices and program, and operations support

Continues to operate programs virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing an

essential support for Philadelphia students whose schools

were closed for two months

Returns to in-person learning

during the Fall semester


Breakthrough increases Scholar enrollment by 56% for its Summer 2022 class (140 Scholars) and aims to serve more students in Philadelphia year after year!

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