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.
  • We recruit students from San Jose Unified and Franklin-McKinley School District middle schools. If you would like to learn more about the application process, join us for an information session. You can pick up an application at an information session or download one.

Information Session Dates

December 15  Burnett Middle School Library, 850 N. 2nd Street, San Jose - Spanish 6-7 pm, English 7-8 pm

January 19      John Muir Middle School, 1260 Branham Lane, San Jose - English 5:30-6:30 pm, Spanish 6:30-7:30 pm

January 25     Burnett Middle School Library, 850 N. 2nd Street, San Jose - Spanish 6-7 pm, English 7-8 pm

January 26     Hoover Middle School Media Center, 1635 Park Ave, San Jose - Spanish 6-7 pm, English 7-8 pm

January 31      FMSD Board Room, 645 Wool Creek Dr, San Jose - Spanish 6-7 pm, English 7-8 pm 

More Information Sessions will be scheduled soon. Please check back to find a date that works for you.


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 in March and April.

Decision Letters

Our new class of students is selected based on the student and parent applications, recommendations, and interview. Decision letters are mailed in late April.

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Important Dates

Early application deadline: January 30, 2017  Breakthrough siblings and students with strong interest, who are certain they want to become part of Breakthrough Silicon Valley are encouraged to apply by the early deadline.

Regular application deadline: March 10, 2017

Want to know more?

Read these frequently asked questions and answers.