Summer is an exciting time for Breakthrough, as hundreds of middle school, high school and college students kick off their summer learning with us. We would love for you to share in their experience and see our programs in action!

Visitors Days

Join us for a special behind-the-scenes peek at Breakthrough’s signature program. The six-week, academically intensive summer program for middle school students is the cornerstone of Breakthrough’s program. During Visitors Days, community members are invited to tour the program and meet Breakthrough students and teaching fellows.

Tuesday, July 11, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Northeast Site at St. Andrew’s Upper School
5901 Southwest Parkway, Austin, Texas 78735
Meet at the main entrance to St. Andrew’s Upper School

Complimentary parking is available in front of the school

Thursday, July 13, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Manor Middle School 12900 Gregg Manor Rd., Manor, Texas 78653
Meet at the main entrance to Manor Middle School
Complimentary parking is available in front of the school

Tuesday, July 18, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

South/Central Site at UT Austin
West 21st Street at University Avenue
Meet at Littlefield Fountain
Complimentary parking is available one block south at Capital Central Parking


Thursday, July 20, 8:30 – 10:00 AM

Del Valle ISD Site at Gilbert Elementary
5412 Gilbert Rd, Austin, TX 78724
Meet at the main entrance to Gilbert Elementary School
Complimentary parking is available in front of the school

Presentations of Learning

Breakthrough students at each grade level from middle school through college, demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have developed during the summer by participating in Presentations of Learning. Community volunteers provide essential feedback on student presentations. This meaningful interaction with caring adults and professionals helps prepare our students for both college and professional life. 


Friday, June 30, 11:30 AM  – 1:30 PM, Glickman Conference Center at UT Austin (40 volunteers needed)
Friday, July 21, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Applied Materials (40 volunteers needed)

The Leadership Institute will help our 10th grade students develop life skills that are essential to their success in college and beyond. At the end of the program, students participate in one-on-one interviews with community members, a unique opportunity to interact with professionals and gain valuable feedback on their communication and leadership skills.


Thursday, August 3, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM, SolarWinds (15 volunteers)
Thursday, August 3, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM, SolarWinds (15 volunteers)

11th grade students spend their summers branching out with activities like volunteer projects, internships and camps that will build their college resumes. At the end of the summer, students will present their experiences, what they learned, and how it will  help them on their journey to college, to a panel that will provide feedback on their presentation skills.


Wednesday, July 26, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Gilbert Elementary (15 volunteers needed)
Thursday, July 27, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Manor Middle School (50 volunteers needed)
Friday, July 28, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, St. Andrew’s Upper School (36 volunteers needed)
Friday, July 28, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, UT Austin (36 volunteers needed)

During the summer program, students in grades 6-9 work on in-depth academic projects, and prepare brief presentations for community members. This is a valuable opportunity for students to practice their communication skills and put their knowledge to the test.


Friday, August 11, Time TBD, Farm Credit Bank of Texas (36 volunteers needed)

Future Focus is a collaborative internship program for Breakthrough and KIPP Collegiate high school graduates to gain invaluable professional experience through paid internships at businesses in the Austin area. At the conclusion of these internships, students will give presentations on what the experience taught them to a panel of volunteers.

To RSVP for one or more Experience Breakthrough events contact Emma Roddy at emma@breakthroughctx.org.