The 2019 admissions cycle (high school class of 2025) has closed.
Further information on the 2020 admissions cycle (high school class of 2026) will be updated in Fall 2019.
Is Breakthrough SILICON VALLEY 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 in either San Jose Unified School District or Franklin-McKinley School District?
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
Dates, times and locations for information sessions for the 2020 admissions cycle will be determined at a later date. Sessions will be conducted in either Spanish or English and allow parents to learn more about the program and the application process.
The application deadline for the 2020 admissions cycle (high school class of 2026) will be determined at a later date.
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 2020.
Our new class of students is selected based on the student and parent applications, recommendations, and interview.
Decision letters will be e-mailed in April 2020.
Want to know more?
Read these frequently asked questions and answers.