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Our students make huge strides each year. After four summers of rigorous math instruction, 61% of our students begin eighth grade algebra-ready according to the Renaissance STAR exam, positioning them well for success in advanced math. In contrast, an ACT study found that just 23% of potential first-generation college students nationwide are algebra-ready by grade eight.

During the school year, our students participate in after-school academic classes and personalized tutoring. We also assist our fifth and eighth graders with the middle and high school admissions processes. 83% of current sixth graders attend a college preparatory middle school, while 98% of current ninth - eleventh graders are attending a college preparatory high school.

For two decades, Breakthrough San Francisco was a two-year program serving fifth and sixth graders. As part of our expansion planning process, from 2009 - 2011, we researched the college matriculation rates of our graduates. We found that only 44% were attending four-year colleges: despite the enormous promise they showed in elementary school, far too many were falling off track as they got older. After extensive deliberation, we decided to increase Breakthrough’s investment in students from two years to eight years. To ensure sustainability, we’re expanding one year at a time. Our oldest class of students is currently in tenth grade; when they graduate from high school in spring of 2018, we expect 100% to attend college, with at least 90% matriculating at four-year schools - doubling our baseline rate and transforming their prospects exponentially. Learn more about our expansion plan

Teaching Fellows

Teaching Fellows grow tremendously during their time at Breakthrough. As a group, they improved by an average of 26% over the course of summer 2016 on our Teacher Excellence Rubric, which measures such skills as lesson planning, student engagement techniques, and classroom management, as evaluated by Instructional Coaches -- accomplished professional educators -- during their frequent classroom observations. At the end of the 2016 summer program, 87% of our Teaching Fellows reported increased interest in an education career, while 97% said they were better prepared to enter the teaching profession.

The opportunity to begin learning the craft of teaching while simultaneously making an impact regularly puts Breakthrough on The Princeton Review’s list of Top Ten Internships for college students. One TF wrote: “Breakthrough is incredibly difficult yet rewarding: it exposes you to the grittiness of teaching and the amazing, inspiring resilience and joy of students. It made me realize how I want to impact the world: by improving the quality of American students' education, one classroom at a time.” Another reflected, "The level of dedication, organization, and positivity here at Breakthrough is staggering. Being surrounded by so much constant support and encouragement was probably the most incredible part about working here, and I can't imagine it to be all that common in the workforce anywhere else."

66% of the Breakthrough San Francisco Teaching Fellows who earned their bachelor’s degree between 2011 and 2016  (84 of 127) are currently working in the education field. 45% are enrolled in teacher preparation programs or currently in the classroom, predominantly in urban district and charter schools. Another 21% are working in other roles in the education sector.

Breakthrough’s Teacher Pipeline Project encourages this trend by channeling Teaching Fellows into highly regarded teacher training programs after college. Among the next steps for recent Fellows:

  • Aspire Public Schools Teacher Residency
  • Boston Teacher Residency
  • Knowles Science Teaching Foundation
  • Match Teacher Residency
  • San Francisco Teacher Residency
  • Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP)
  • Teachers College at Columbia University
  • Teach For America