Middle School Program

Breakthrough Greater Boston (BTGB) is a year-round, tuition-free program that offers six years of academically intensive out-of-school time services to highly motivated, traditionally underserved middle and high school students in greater Boston. 

Breakthrough Greater Boston recruits 6th grade public school students from the district of Cambridge, the district of Somerville, and in Boston 6th graders from TechBoston Academy, Neighborhood House Charter School, Codman Academy, and New Mission High School.

Breakthrough Greater Boston 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 Public School Students (TechBoston Academy, Neighborhood House Charter School, Codman Academy, and New Mission High School)

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Breakthrough is accepting applications for the Boston Campus 2018 Summer Program.
Please contact: Jocelyn Coo, Director of Student Services, at jcoo@btgbmail.org or 617-349-6647

Cambridge Campus | Cambridge Public School Students

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Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Priority will be given to applicants who submitted their applications by the December deadline.

Please contact: Noelani Gabriel, Manager of Student Services, at ngabriel@btgbmail.org or 617-599-9827

Somerville Campus | Somerville Public School Students

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Breakthrough is accepting applications for the Somerville Campus 2018 Summer Program.

Please contact: Jennie McDonald-Brown, Somerville Site Director, at jmcdonaldbrown@btgbmail.org or 617-945-6252

Summer Program

The summer program is the highlight of a student’s Breakthrough experience. Young, smart, energetic teachers introduce middle school students to new and exciting topics in literature, math, social studies, science, and writing. With a student-to-staff ratio of 3:1, Breakthrough Greater Boston classes are small and allow students to receive individualized attention. Summer teachers create engaging, student-centered classes that culminate in a hands-on final project. All students receive up to two hours of homework each week night, and receive a great deal of support from their teachers to complete all assignments. Each day’s schedule includes time for mentoring, homework help, recess, and community building.

School Year Program

During 7th and 8th grade, Breakthrough Greater Boston students attend the weekly After School Program (ASP). The main goal of the ASP is to continue inspiring excitement for learning for students during the school year. At the ASP, students receive homework assistance, one-on-one tutoring as needed, and take part in hands-on workshops featuring Breakthrough's Full STEAM Ahead curriculum. 


Breakthrough Greater Boston staff members are in continual communication with middle school students and their families to ensure that students are doing well both inside and outside the classroom. Breakthrough staff members communicate regularly with public school teachers, counselors, and administrators in order to track student progress and ensure students receive the necessary services. Students who need additional academic support are matched up with high school and college students who serve as Academic Mentors in core subjects of math, literature, science, and social studies, as well as study skills and independent school entrance exam prep. Finally, Breakthrough Greater Boston also employs licensed social workers during the summer who meet with teachers and staff to help support students’ social-emotional health.

Frequently Asked Questions

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