Breakthrough is the leading college access and success non-profit in Central Texas.

For more than 20 years, we have partnered with thousands of middle and high school students who aspire to be the first in their family to graduate with a degree or certificate. We make a radical, long-term commitment to students, to and through college, unlocking the power of education and a lifetime of opportunity. We support the whole student with personalized services, work closely with community partners, campuses, and employers, and advocate for our students with lawmakers.

Breakthrough students attend 60+ public schools and persist at nearly 100 colleges and universities. As a resuly, nearly 60% of Breakthrough students graduate from college, compared to 15% of low-income students in our region.

Our work has resulted in more than 350 college graduates, with more than 3,400 on their way, positively impacting families for generations, our region’s educational equity, and the Central Texas economy.

Only 1 in 7 Central Texas high school graduates from low-income communities go on to earn a college degree or certificate each year.

Despite being among the most highly educated cities in the nation for adults, our region has one of the lowest college graduation rates in the state among students from low-income communities.


We’re in it for the long haul

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We make a radical, long-term commitment to partner with students, families, and communities for up to 12 years, beginning as early as 6th grade. In addition to our direct support for students to and through college, we partner with targeted public high schools in low-income communities to transform them into best-in-class college access institutions. Through our advocacy efforts, we elevate the voices and experiences of our students and families to champion policies that advance educational equity for all students at the local, state, and federal policy level.

We support the whole student

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We combine comprehensive, individualized advising with academic learning, career preparation, and leadership development – from middle school summer programs to college. This includes high-quality postsecondary counseling to guide students to apply to, afford, and persist on their chosen educational pathway after high school. Supporting the whole student also means helping them overcome non-academic obstacles, including direct assistance for unexpected financial hurdles, mental health services, and basic needs.

We get real results

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At every grade level, our students outpace their peers on critical milestones, including school attendance, grades, test scores, and college entrance exams.

  • 96% graduate from high school on time, compared to 83% of students from low-income communities.
  • 82% enroll directly in a four-year, two-year or certificate program, compared to 35% of students from low-income communities.
  • Nearly 60% graduate with a diploma or certificate, compared to 15% of high school students from low-income communities.


Breakthrough Central Texas is a safe place for people of all races, abilities, ethnicities, gender expressions, sexual orientations, immigration statuses, religions, and backgrounds. We accept, support, and celebrate all students and families. We believe that building our practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion will allow people to access and thrive in this community. With thriving people, we will be able to achieve greater impact and move toward our vision for a better future. In order to have clarity in our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we have created the following definitions:

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Diversity includes all the ways in which people differ, encompassing the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another. At Breakthrough we define diversity as broadly as possible. Furthermore, diversity can include diversity of thought, perspectives, ideas, and

Inclusion is creating an environment in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate. An inclusive and welcoming climate embraces differences and offers respect in words and actions for all people.

Equity is the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. 

​Breakthrough Central Texas is a member of a national network called Breakthrough Collaborative with 24 affiliates across the country. Learn more.