Our Boston Campus is still accepting applications. Apply today! 

Please reach out to Ashleandra Opoku, Manager of Student Services at aopoku@btgbmail.org or (617) 599-9824, with questions or for more information on how to submit your application.

Applications are available in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Portuguese.

Application Process

Overview: 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.

Timeline: Once students decide to apply, the first step is to complete the student application. The application includes short answer questions for students, a brief section for parents/guardians and a Teacher Feedback Form, which will be sent directly to the teachers electronically.

The second step in the process is a Virtual 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.


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


Did you miss the student recruitment presentation at your school? Click below to check it out.

Are you a parent who wants to learn more?

Be sure to watch the recording of our recent parent information session. Click below to watch. The video is also available in Spanish and Portuguese


What does a BTGB student look like?

Prospective students and families often ask us, “Who are you looking for?” Check out our student profile to see the four characteristics we are looking for!


What schools does Breakthrough partner with?

We partner with Cambridge Public Schools, Community Charter School of Cambridge (CCSC), Prospect Hill Academy (PHA), and Somerville Public Schools. In Boston, we have partner schools: TechBoston Academy, Neighborhood House Charter School, Codman Academy, New Mission High School, Academy of the Pacific Rim, and Boston Prep.


Who should I reach out to if I have questions?

Boston: Ashleandra Opoku, Manager of Student Services, at aopoku@btgbmail.org or (617) 599-9824

Cambridge: Valerie Coimbra, Director of Student Services, at vcoimbra@btgbmail.org or (617) 599-9827

Somerville: Gabi Rivero, Manager of Student Services, at grivero@btgbmail.org or (857) 600-6187