Become A Student

Each year, Breakthrough admits a new class of students, rising 5th  graders in Manor and Del Valle and rising 6th graders in Austin ISD. New students have their first Breakthrough experience at our cornerstone program, an academically rigorous Middle School Summer program held on the University of Texas at Austin Campus, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, and campuses in Manor and Del Valle ISD. The middle school Summer Program helps combat summer learning loss, a leading contributor to the achievement gap. Teachers are exceptional and diverse high school and college students who serve as AmeriCorps members. With a 1:6 teacher-student ratio, our 3-pillar model, consisting of extended learning, comprehensive advising, and leadership experiences, helps younger students experience breakthroughs in academics and confidence while the older students discover potential as educators and leaders.

The following characteristics are typically describe our students:

  • Will be first-generation college graduates
  • Motivated to learn, work hard and achieve success in school
  • Willing and able to make a long-term commitment to Breakthrough

Please note the different applications for each school district.

Apply to Become a Breakthrough Student

2018 Applications Now Open!

AUSTIN ISD

Breakthrough admits a new class of sixth grade students each spring and makes a commitment to help them graduate from high school, enter college and become the first in their families to graduate from college.  Breakthrough will accept applications from sixth graders at all schools in the Austin ISD boundaries. We recruit directly from the following schools: Martin Middle School, Mendez Middle School, Webb Middle School, O. Henry Middle School, Fulmore Middle School, Dobie Middle School, Sadler Means Middle School, Gus Garcia Middle School, and Kealing Middle School.

To apply:

Step 1: Students complete the Austin Application (click to download). The application also includes a brief parent section.  The 2018 application is due on February 16, 2018.

Step 2: Submit your completed application via mail or in person to the Breakthrough office: ATTN: Alicia Flores, Breakthrough Central Texas, 1050 East 11th Street, Suite 350, Austin, TX 78702.

Step 3: Breakthrough invites qualified students and parents to attend an interview session in February or March at their school or at the Breakthrough Office.

Step 4: Breakthrough will mail acceptance letters in late April.

If you have questions, please contact Alicia Flores. Alicia can be reached at 512.692.9444 ext. 146, or by email at alicia@breakthroughctx.org. 

MANOR ISD

Breakthrough admits a new class of fifth grade students from Manor ISD each spring and makes a commitment to help them graduate from high school, enter college and become the first in their families to graduate from college. Breakthrough will accept applications from fifth graders at all elementary schools in the Manor ISD boundaries. We recruit directly from the following schools: Lagos Elementary, Shadow Glen Elementary, Decker Elementary, Manor Elementary, Blake Manor Elementary, Pioneer Crossing, Presidential Elementary Bluebonnet Trails and Oak Meadows Elementary.

To apply:

Step 1: Students complete the Manor Application (click to download). The application also includes a brief parent section. Applications will be available at your school as well as online. The 2018 application is due on February 16, 2017.

Step 2: Submit the completed application, including student and parent sections, to your elementary school.

Step 3: Breakthrough will invite qualified students to attend an interview session.

Step 4: Breakthrough will mail acceptance letters in early May.

If you have questions, please contact Dorothy Vasquez.  Dorothy can be reached at 512.692.9444, or by email at dorothy@breakthroughctx.org.

DEL VALLE ISD

Breakthrough admits a new class of fifth grade students from Del Valle ISD each spring and makes a commitment to help them graduate from high school, enter college and become the first in their families to graduate from college. Breakthrough will accept applications from fifth graders at all elementary schools in the Del Valle ISD boundaries. We recruit directly from the following schools: Creedmoor Elementary, Baty Elementary, Smith Elementary, Del Valle Elementary, Popham Elementary, Hornsby Dunlap Elementary, Gilbert Elementary and Hillcrest Elementary.

To apply:

Step 1: Students complete the Del Valle application (click to download). The application also includes a brief parent section. Applications will be available at your school as well as online. The 2018 application is due on February 16, 2018.

Step 2: Submit the completed application, including student and parent sections, to your elementary school.

Step 3: Breakthrough invites qualified students and parents to attend an interview session in February or March at their school or at the Breakthrough Office.

Step 4: Breakthrough will mail acceptance letters in early May.

If you have questions, please contact Zakiyyah Kareem.  Leslie can be reached at 512.692.9444, or by email at Zakiyyah@breakthroughctx.org.

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