Student Application

Breakthrough Greater Boston recruits 6th grade public school students district-wide in Cambridge and Somerville, and in our six partner schools in Boston: TechBoston Academy, New Mission Collegiate Academy, Neighborhood House Charter School, Codman Academy, Academy of the Pacific Rim and Boston Prep. Breakthrough 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

Applications will open soon. Please check back at the end of December for an update. If you have specific questions, please reach out to the campus contacts listed below. 

Boston Campus:  Ashleandra Opoku, Manager of Student Services, at or (617) 599-9824

Cambridge Campus: Valerie Coimbra, Director of Student Services, at or (617) 599-9827

Somerville Campus: Gabi Rivero, Manager of Student Services, at or (857) 600-6187

Boston Campus

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

Boston Application: Coming Soon

Cambridge Campus 

Cambridge Public School Students

Cambridge Application: Coming Soon

Somerville Campus 

Somerville Public School Students
Somerville Application: Coming Soon

For more information, please contact Jennie McDonald-Brown, Somerville Site Director, at or (617)-945-6252.