Students & Families

Our Students

Breakthrough Greater Boston students love learning and are determined to achieve the goal of four-year college. Reflective of their high levels of motivation, students commit to BTGB for six years in order to realize their dreams.

Each year, Breakthrough Greater Boston serves 10% of seventh through twelfth grade students attending the public schools in Cambridge and Somerville, as well as students in Boston attending TechBoston Academy, New Mission Collegiate Academy, Neighborhood House Charter School and Codman Academy. Breakthrough recruits in every sixth grade classroom in both Cambridge and Somerville as well as in our four partner schools in Boston, accepting students who are willing to make a multi-year commitment to the program and who are serious about pursuing the goal of college.

Cambridge Campus Demographics

94% are students of color |

District wide: 65%

81% are students of low income |

District wide: 45%

77% of students will be the first generation in their families to go to college

Cambridge Campus Demographics

94% are students of color

81% are students of low income

81% of students will be the first generation in their families to go to college

58% of students are multilingual

Boston Campus Demographics

100% are students of color

95% are students of low income

85% of students will be the first generation in their families to go to college

16% of students are multilingual

Boston Campus Demographics

100% are students of color |

District wide: 86%

95% are students of low income |

District wide: 65%

77% of students will be the first generation in their families to go to college

Somerville Campus Demographics

89% are students of color |

95% are students of low income |

91% of students will be the first generation in their families to go to college

Somerville Campus Demographics

88% are students of color

94% are students of low income

88% of students will be the first generation in their families to go to college

56% of students are multilingual

Click here to see where Breakthrough Greater Boston students were accepted to college in 2017!

Adelphi University American University Barnard College Boston College
Boston University Brandeis University Bryn Mawr College Clark University
Columbia University Cornell University Denison University Emmanuel College
Florida Atlantic University George Washington University Georgia State University Goucher College
Hampshire College Hampton University Hofstra University College of the Holy Cross
Howard University Ithaca College Johns Hopkins University Keene State College
Lasell College Lehigh University Lesley University Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mount Holyoke College Newbury College Northeastern University Pine Manor College
Roger Williams University Sarah Lawrence College Simmons College Smith College
Spelman College Suffolk University Swarthmore College Temple University
Tufts University University of Alabama University of Connecticut University of Massachusetts – Amherst
University of Massachusetts – Boston University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth University of Massachusetts – Lowell University of New Hampshire
University of San Francisco University of Vermont Washington University in St. Louis Wentworth Institute of Technology
Wheelock College Williams College Worcester Polytechnic Institute Xavier University
Yale University

Our Families

Breakthrough Greater Boston starts engaging with families well before students enroll in our program. During the recruitment process, Breakthrough sends all eligible 6th grade students home with information and recruitment packets, translated into Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and English. We host general family information sessions throughout the winter and spring and ask prospective families to participate in Student and Family Interview Day where current Breakthrough families share their experience with the program and answer questions.

Once enrolled in Breakthrough, Program Directors strive to cultivate meaningful relationships with parents through several in-person touch points throughout the year (including orientation sessions, Family Night, Summer Celebration, and parent-teacher conferences). Additionally, Program Directors and Breakthrough teachers schedule at least three in-person check ins with families annually, and send periodic calls and emails to parents and guardians. Breakthrough parents are asked to fill out a survey at the end of the summer, assessing their child’s academic and socio-emotional growth over their time with Breakthrough.