Breakthrough gets results

Our graduates defy the statistics in their communities as we set them on the life-changing path toward college. And hands-on teaching experiences in Breakthrough classrooms prepare and inspire our teaching fellows to make a difference through careers in education. 


  • 100% of our students attend college; 96% attend four-year universities.
  • 100% of our high school students take high level college preparatory courses including Honors, Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.
  • 88% of our high school students maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • 95% of our students enroll in Geometry or higher by 9th grade.

Surveys of students and parents:

  • 98% of parents say that Breakthrough positively impacted their child’s attitude toward learning and goals for attending college.
  • 94% of students report that Breakthrough is a meaningful and positive experience that helps them be prepared for school.
Since the beginning of my Breakthrough experience, the theme of college became integral to my life. I truly believe it helped me reach my goal of attending Stanford University.
— Danielle, Breakthrough Silicon Valley alumna, Stanford University student

Teaching Fellows


Surveys of former teaching fellows:

  • 78% go on to pursue a career in education because of their Breakthrough experience.
  • 86% report that by teaching with Breakthrough Silicon Valley, they became more committed to working for the well-being of children with limited educational opportunities.


Breakthrough was a crash course in social justice and education, taught by my students and fellow teachers. I would not have become involved, or even interested, in education as a career without experiencing Breakthrough Silicon Valley.
— Jessica, Breakthrough Silicon Valley teaching fellow, MA candidate, Teachers College, Columbia University