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.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - Dahl Elementary School, 3200 Water Street, San Jose, CA 95111
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - FMSD Courtyard Learning Center, 645 Wool Creek Drive, San Jose, CA 95112
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - John Muir Middle School Media Center, 1260 Branham Lane, San Jose, CA 95118
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - Burnett Middle School Media Center, 850 N 2nd Street, San Jose, CA 95112
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.
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.