Become A Student

Breakthrough students work hard and have fun. They are highly motivated and pursue big dreams. The following characteristics typically describe our students:

Will be first-generation college graduates:

Their parents have not completed a degree from a four-year college or university in the United States.

Are motivated to learn, work hard in school, and achieve success in school:

  • They frequently go above and beyond what is expected.
  • They love to learn.
  • They maintain good grades.
  • They look for assistance in reaching goals.
  • They have a positive and respectful attitude toward teachers, peers, and self.
  • They have consistent attendance in school.

Willing and able to make a long-term commitment to Breakthrough:

  • They will consistently attend Breakthrough workshops, events, and all Summer Program dates.
  • They will communicate any challenges, successes, or needs promptly and clearly to Breakthrough staff.
  • They are excited about being a partner with Breakthrough throughout high school and college.

Please note there are different applications for Austin and Manor students.


DEL VALLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (DVISD)

How to apply as a 5th grader attending a school in DVISD:
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.

To apply:

STEP 1: Students complete the Del Valle application. The application also includes a brief parent section. Applications will be available at your school as well as online. The 2017 application is due on April 7, 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 Zakiyyah Kareem.  Leslie can be reached at 512.692.9444, or by email at Zakiyyah@breakthroughaustin.org


AUSTIN ISD – APPLICATIONS CLOSED

How to apply as a sixth grader attending a school in AISD:
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, and 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. The application also includes a brief parent section.  The 2017 application is due on February 17, 2017.

STEP 2: Submit your completed application via mail or in person to the Breakthrough office: ATTN: Randall Ischy, Breakthrough Austin 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 Randall Ischy.  Randall can be reached at 512.692.9444, or by email at randall@breakthroughaustin.org.


MANOR ISD (MISD) – APPLICATIONS CLOSED

How to apply as a 5th grader attending school in 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.

To apply:

STEP 1: Students complete the Manor Application. The application also includes a brief parent section. Applications will be available at your school as well as online. The 2017 application is due on February 17, 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 Leslie Perkins.  Leslie can be reached at 512.692.9444, or by email at leslieperkins@breakthroughaustin.org.