Our Opportunity

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Making Breakthroughs Possible


Only 11% of students in the bottom quarter for income earn a bachelor’s degree within six years, compared to 58% of those in the top quarter for income (Pew Institute).

The ability to attain a quality education—and therefore go on to a successful career and a self-sustaining life—has, for too long, been determined by economic access and privilege, rather than potential. As a nation, America’s future depends on a diverse population of highly educated and skilled workers. Yet many students across the country are failing to thrive, losing opportunities to gain a competitive global edge, and create a positive path forward for themselves and their families.

At Breakthrough, our goal is to serve every single student who qualifies for Breakthrough’s proven program, because students only get one chance at the education they deserve.

Early intervention, in middle school—a time of tremendous academic, developmental, and social change—is a critical period during which students are either launched on the path to high school graduation and college success or knocked off track. 

Of the 10,000 Students we Serve…

    are students of color

      qualify for free &

        reduced lunch

      come from single-

      parent households

   will be the first in their

families to attend college


enroll in college at a rate 31% higher than their peers of a similar economic background

persist in college at a rate that is 19% higher than the national average for Black and Latinx students

graduate from college at a rate that is 27% higher than the national average for Black and Latinx students

Harnessing the Power of Relationships

We know that the key to student success is the relationship between student and teacher, and more specifically the power of having a teacher from a similar background as an inspiring mentor. Minority students are proven to perform better on standardized tests, have improved attendance, and are suspended less frequently when they have at least one same-race teacher*.

Just 20% of public school teachers in America are racial and ethnic minorities, while over 50% identify as students of color*.

Breakthrough Collaborative recruits a highly talented group of Teaching Fellows, the majority of whom represent the students they serve. We are proud that our teaching fellows are more demographically diverse than the national average for professional teachers.