Student Application

Breakthrough Greater Boston recruits 6th grade public school students district-wide in Cambridge and Somerville, and in our four partner schools in Boston: TechBoston Academy, New Mission Collegiate Academy, Neighborhood House Charter School, and Codman Academy. BTGB Program Directors complete formal recruitment presentations in each classroom to make sure every 6th grader has a chance to learn about the program, meet current Breakthrough students, and ask lots of questions.

Once students decide to apply, the first step is to complete the student application. The application has several sections including short answer questions, a 3-5 paragraph essay, and a Teacher Feedback Form, which will be sent directly to the teachers electronically.

The second step in the process is a Student and Family Interview Day. Each applicant is invited to Breakthrough to learn more about the program, participate in a challenging group activity and complete an individual interview.

Admissions decisions are mailed to families approximately 4-6 weeks after they have participated in Interview Day.

Prospective students and families often ask us, “Who are you looking for?” Breakthrough Greater Boston is looking for students who are willing to make a six-year commitment to the program, are serious about pursuing the goal of college, and have a demonstrated need.


Want to see what it’s like to be a Breakthrough student?

Student Applications

The application deadline for current sixth graders (Class of 2025) has passed. Please reach out to the appropriate campus director with any questions or concerns.

Boston Campus |

Boston Students

TechBoston Academy, Neighborhood House Charter School, Codman Academy, New Mission High School, Academy of the Pacific Rim and Boston Prep

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Join the Boston Campus for the 2018 Breakthrough Family Information Session on 11/29. You will have the opportunity to learn more about our program and admissions process. Please RSVP by November 22 at .

Please contact: Michael Vallejo, Manager of Student Services, at or (617)-599-9824

Cambridge Campus |

Cambridge Public School Students

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Please contact: Noelani Gabriel, Director of Student Services, at or 617-599-9827

Somerville Campus |

Somerville Public School Students

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Please contact: Jennie McDonald Brown, Somerville Site Director, at or 617-945-6252