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Founded in 1978, Breakthrough Collaborative has changed the lives of tens of thousands of students, utilizing a unique dual mission to:

-Increase academic opportunity for highly motivated, underserved students and put them on the trajectory of a successful college path

-Inspire and develop the next generation of teachers and educational leaders.

Sponsored by St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in partnership with the City of San Juan Capistrano and Marco Forster Middle School, Breakthrough SJC was founded by Headmaster Marcus D. Hurlbut of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School. Mr. Hurlbut recognized the need to broaden the school’s outreach into the San Juan Capistrano community by offering a program to prepare young people to enter and succeed in strong academic high school programs. In addition to founding the San Juan Capistrano program, Headmaster Hurlbut started two other Breakthrough (formerly known as Summerbridge) programs, one at The Derryfield School in Manchester, New Hampshire and the other at Friends Academy in Locust Valley, New York.


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