Our History and Our Mission
Breakthrough was founded in 1978 as Summerbridge by San Francisco University High School. The program was designed to serve motivated yet under-supported middle school students from the public schools with the goal of ensuring that each student has the confidence and academic skills to thrive at rigorous college preparatory high schools.
With 27 sites around the country (including one in Hong Kong), the Breakthrough Collaborative serves thousands of middle-school students each year with ambitious, tuition-free programs.
Breakthrough Santa Fe welcomed our first students in 2004 on the campus of Santa Fe Prep. The School initiated the Breakthrough program as part of our “Local Ground” initiative, seeking to serve the broader Santa Fe community with what we do best: provide an ambitious course of study in a warm, nurturing environment.
Prep supports the program financially and institutionally—we consider Breakthrough an integral part of the School’s mission. In addition, we provide high school and college-age young adults, who come from around the country, with a rewarding experience as teachers and mentors. Breakthrough Santa Fe works in close collaboration with the Santa Fe Public Schools and other groups that serve our city’s youth.
For more details, visit the Breakthrough Santa Fe website.
Why is Breakthrough Important in Santa Fe?
Breakthrough: Students Teaching Students is a tuition-free program in which talented high school and college students teach middle school students with limited educational opportunities the academic, organizational and social skills they will need to succeed in competitive high schools.
Nearly 90% of our students are of color, nearly all are drawn from the public school system, and many participate in free or reduced-price lunch programs. English is a second language for a substantial number of our students, and many are the first in their family to have the opportunity to attend college.
Because children from ethnic minority and low-income backgrounds are more likely to attend poorly funded, less rigorous elementary and middle schools, they are less likely to graduate from high school and, therefore, to attend college. Breakthrough: Students Teaching Students provides a valuable opportunity to supplement our students’ traditional education and to set them on the path to college. Visit the national site to learn more about the program’s history and success.