Students Teaching Students
Breakthrough Sacramento is part of the Breakthrough Collaborative, a national organization plus a site in Hong Kong. We are a public-private partnership providing a year-round, tuition-free, college preparatory program for academically-motivated, ethnically diverse students from under-resourced schools in the urban-core of Sacramento. We are also an innovative pre-professional teacher training program with professional mentorship for impassioned high-school and college students pursuing careers in education. This “Students Teaching Students” model has been recognized for its positive outcomes by national, state, and regional leaders and and has been the topic for numerous theses and dissertations at prestigious universities such as John Hopkins University, Columbia University, and Stanford University.
Students are invited to apply in sixth grade. During the summers before seventh and eighth grades, selected students attend an intensive six-week academic summer program taught by talented and enthusiastic college and high school students. The school-year program for middle school students consists of weekly after-school tutoring sessions and monthly Breakthrough Saturday events (cultural events, outdoor adventures, college visits, and community service). Grade tracking, high-school options counseling, and advocacy ensure that Breakthrough students have the opportunity to enroll in challenging college-preparatory high-school programs. During high school, Breakthrough students are supported through SAT prep programs, college preparation workshops, financial-aid information sessions, and self-advocacy coaching for the entire family to ensure they are prepared to be successful in college and life.