Is Breakthrough right for you?

  • Do you have hopes and dreams to achieve great things in your life?

  • Do you love to learn, and have fun in the process?

  • Are you a 6th grade student attending a public school within the San Jose Unified or Franklin-McKinley school districts?

  • Are you doing well in school and is going to college important to you?

If you answered "yes" to all of these questions, Breakthrough Silicon Valley may be the right program for you.

How to Apply

Applying to Breakthrough Silicon Valley involves a selection process. We seek motivated students who are ready to work hard to achieve their dreams. There are no tuition fees for our program. Your commitment is your only payment.

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Be a current 6th grader

  • Perform at grade level or higher in core academic subjects (some students nearing grade level may be considered)

  • Identify as a first-generation college student

  • Currently attend a San Jose Unified School District (SJUSD) or Franklin-McKinley School District (FMSD) school

  • Demonstrate a compelling economic need for a tuition-free program

  • Show motivation for learning


Information Sessions FOR 2019 APPLICATIONS

Join us for an information session in either Spanish or English to learn more about the program and the application process. Pick up an application at an information session or download one below.

Spanish-language sessions: 5:30 PM to 6:15 PM at all locations

English-language sessions: 6:30 PM to 7:15 PM at all locations


Download an Application


The application deadline for the 2019 cycle has been extended to Friday, March 15, 2019.

SJUSD students should submit completed applications to your school’s main office.

FMSD students should submit completed applications to your 6th grade teacher.

Completed applications may also be delivered to either of our two offices.


After the application deadline, a group of students will be invited to participate, with their parents, in a family interview during the second round of the application process. Not all students will be invited to interview.

Interviews will be scheduled throughout March and April 2019.

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Decision NOTICES

Our new class of students is selected based on the student and parent applications, recommendations, and interview.

Decision letters will be e-mailed in late April 2019.

Want to know more?

Read these frequently asked questions and answers.

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