Our Program


Breakthrough’s program combines individualized case management with extended learning time over twelve years of direct service.


Each Breakthrough student is assigned a case manager who shepherds the critical relationship between students, parents, schools, and community from middle school through high school and college completion. Breakthrough staff members fill gaps and find resources to make college possible. We work over the long term to meet the needs of the whole child – academic, social, physical, and emotional – to ensure that he or she remains on the path to college.


Our cornerstone program is the academically rigorous Middle School Summer Program. The programs are held on the University of Texas at Austin campus, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, and a campus in Manor 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 model helps younger students experience breakthroughs in academics and confidence while the older students discover potential as educators and leaders.


In order to keep students engaged and academically focused, Breakthrough offers Saturday and after-school programming. Students participate in project-based academic activities and community service while learning valuable skills.


To inform 8th grade students and families of important high school programs, services, and requirements, so they transition successfully into the 9th grade.


As students enter high school, Breakthrough helps them gain experience and life skills that will be beneficial in college and beyond. In 9th grade, students participate in a four-week STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Academy where hands-on projects teach a passion for STEM. 10th graders attend a summer institute focusing on leadership skills, school success habits, and college and career exploration. Breakthrough facilitates productive summer activities – from volunteer work to internships to college courses – for students entering 11th grade, helping them build their college resumes. And the summer program for rising high school seniors focuses on college preparation and guidance, with an early start on completing college applications.


Students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade visit colleges, attend college fairs, receive SAT/ACT preparation and registration support, and begin guided scholarship searches. Our 12th graders receive individualized support as they apply to college and complete financial aid paperwork. We guide students and families through the entire process, every step of the way.


The College Completion Program is a year-round program to help our college students and high school graduates be successful in college, persist, and ultimately graduate from college. Our program addresses two key components that studies have shown increase college completion outcomes of low-income, first-generation college students: comprehensive and ongoing mentoring and support, and mastery of important non-academic skills needed for college success, such as academic perseverance, learning strategies, and social skills.