This summer, Breakthrough summer programs have been redesigned to combat setbacks caused by the pandemic, the most disruptive event in recent history to our children’s education, and to help students successfully re-enter school in the fall prepared to advance academically. 
  • For Middle School students, we are offering a five-week Summer Academy that integrates math, science, social studies, and language arts into project-based learning, utilizing a trauma-informed lens. While the majority of the program will be delivered virtually, students will have an opportunity to attend in-person events throughout the summer.
  • For High School students, we are offering virtual learning opportunities for 10th and 11th graders to connect with their peers and explore career and postsecondary pathways. Rising seniors will work closely with their advisors to research and apply to colleges.
  • For College students, advisors will continue to help graduating high school seniors successfully enroll in college and ensure older students are able to return to college in the fall.
All Breakthrough students are offered highly personalized advising to help prepare for their upcoming semester and make sure all needs are met—academic, social, health, and financial. Together, we are helping reverse the losses resulting from COVID-19 school disruptions and keep students and families connected and close to our community and their college aspirations. 

“Students have lost so much during the past 15 months. Sometimes we forget that for some students, their school is critical space for human connection with friends and caring adults outside of their household. Add to that, the loss of so much in-classroom learning resulted in many students struggling academically, in some instances for the first time in their lives.”
– Zakiyyah Kareem, Chief Student Support Officer


 More than 100 Middle School students attended their first in-person field trip at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. Not only did they learn about different colleges, but they got to become one! They created a college video with fun facts, a chant, and all kinds of college spirit. Afterwards, they transitioned to Olympic day events, which included Breakthrough Jeopardy, Incoherent, Water Balloon Toss and many more!

11th Graders visited The Expedition School last week to work on team building exercises! This summer, 11th grade students will spend two weeks, virtually and in-person, exploring career and college majors, learning about college options, building resumes, and practicing professional skills.

Rising college freshmen attended the THRIVE Summit to prepare for their first semester of college, meet representatives from the schools they plan to attend, connect with their peers, and learn from older Breakthrough students.