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 students need to give directly to a teacher to complete.

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 accepts 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.

Student Applications

Boston Campus |

Boston Students

TechBoston Academy, Neighborhood House Charter School, Codman Academy, and New Mission High School

The 2019 Breakthrough student application will be posted this fall.
Please contact: Jocelyn Coo, Director of Student Services, at jcoo@btgbmail.org or 617-349-6647

Cambridge Campus |

Cambridge Public School Students

The 2019 Breakthrough student application will be posted this fall.
Please contact: Noelani Gabriel, Manager of Student Services, at ngabriel@btgbmail.org or 617-599-9827

Somerville Campus |

Somerville Public School Students

The 2019 Breakthrough student application will be posted this fall.
Please contact: Jennie McDonald Brown, Somerville Site Director, at jmcdonaldbrown@btgbmail.org or 617-945-6252

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