A Day in the Life

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A Day in the Life

Breakthrough students can expect a mix of engaging, exciting, and challenging educational activities. Each day builds skills that prepare students to enter an academically rigorous middle school, high school, and later a four year college. Breakthrough students commit to attending tutoring during the school year twice per week, in addition to daily attendance at Breakthrough's summer program. View some examples of a Breakthrough student's daily schedule below! (Please note that details may change.)

School Year (5th and 6th Graders)

3:30pm & earlier                   
Arrive at Breakthrough: Give a high-five to the Breakthrough staff and say hello to your friends. Play Apples to Apples or another board game, or get started on your homework.
3:30 – 3:45
All School Meeting: Eat a healthy, tasty snack. Do the “attitude check,” Breakthrough’s special cheer. Share a book you’ve read recently, or something interesting you learned in school. 
3:45 – 4:25
Tutoring: Work on your homework with the tutor assigned especially to you. If you finish your homework, try a challenge activity.
4:25 – 4:40
Recess: Head up to the rooftop play area for an energizing game of four-square, knockout, or soccer.
4:40 – 5:30
Enrichment Class: Read and discuss a great book, like The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez. Learn to speak French or Mandarin. Develop your own photographs. Or, get some extra homework help with your tutor.
5:30pm
Dismissal: Say goodbye to Breakthrough and head home to see your family members.

 

School Year (7th and 8th Graders)

4pm & earlier                   
Arrive at Breakthrough: Catch up with the Breakthrough staff and your friends, or get started on your homework.
4:00 – 4:05
Announcements: Eat a healthy, tasty snack. Do the “attitude check,” Breakthrough’s special cheer. Hear about what's going on this week! 
4:05 – 5:00
Tutoring: Work on your homework with the tutor assigned especially to you.
5:00 – 5:10
Recess: Head up to the rooftop play area for an energizing game of four-square, knockout, or soccer.
5:15 – 5:50
Tutoring (continued): Work on your homework with the tutor assigned especially to you. If you finish your homework, try a challenge activity.
5:50 – 6:00
Closing Circle: Have a conversation on a topic that's important to you.
6:00pm
Dismissal: Say goodbye to Breakthrough and head home to see your family members.


Summer Program (5th - 8th Graders)

7:45- 8:00am
Arrive at Breakthrough: Be greeted by smiling and dancing teachers. Enjoy breakfast with fellow students in the cafeteria, or meet your advising team in the gym. Get ready to start the day!
8:00-8:15            
Breakthrough Style Attendance:  Share one thought, idea, or interesting fact with the Breakthrough community instead of the typical “here.”
8:20-9:10
Math class: Learn about decimals by working as a cashier in a mock store.  
9:15-10:10
Science class: Construct a paper rocket, launch it, and analyze its design. Have a snack as well!
10:15-11:05
Literature class: Discuss the novel Tuck Everlasting and create a poster about the characters.
11:10-12:00
Writing class: Work on your “I Believe…” personal narrative. Topics range from sports, to family, to patriotism.
12:05-1:05
Lunch/Recess: Eat a delicious and healthy lunch and play soccer on the rooftop playground.
1:10-2:00
Elective: Participate in a stimulating class such as yoga, computer science, basic drawing, sports, or arts and crafts.
2:05-3:05
Advisory and Study Hall: Meet with your advisor and a few other students for support and advice. Get started on your homework - your teachers are there to help!
3:10-3:25
All School Meeting: Meet with the entire Breakthrough community for performances, announcements, and cheers. Find out who won the Spirit Stick today!
3:30
Dismissal/ Arrive Home: Work on the two hours of homework assigned daily. Call your teachers if any questions arise. Get prepared and excited for tomorrow!
3:30-5:30
Afterschool Program (Optional): Complete homework with support from Volunteer Leadership Participants.