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Middle School

Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano’s middle school program is a fun, rigorous, year-round academic program. Breakthrough SJC recruits students from Marco Forster middle school who have displayed an interest in learning, academic excellence, and a financial need. Breakthrough SJC accepts students who are willing to make a six-year commitment to the program, are serious about pursuing the goal of college.

Summer Program

The summer program is the highlight of a student’s Breakthrough experience. Young, smart, energetic teachers introduce middle school students to new and exciting topics in English, Math, Social Studies, and Science. Summer teachers create engaging, student-centered classes. The small class size also allows students to receive individualized attention. All students receive up to two hours of homework each week night, and receive a great deal of support from their teachers to complete all assignments. Each day’s schedule includes time for mentoring, homework help, and community building. Students also participate in academic elective courses which in the past have included everything from studying French to poetry and hip-hop to creative writing.

School Year Program

During 7th and 8th grade, Breakthrough SJC students attend In-Session. The main goal of In-Session is to continue inspiring excitement for learning for students during the school year. On Tuesdays, our students meet with study group leaders to work on homework or self-identified areas of academic challenge. On Thursdays, students take a supplementary math course. Additionally, students receive tutoring as needed.

High School

Students who complete Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano’s Middle School Program enroll in the High School Program as rising 9th graders, committing to stay on the path to college and benefitting from Breakthrough SJC’s support each step of the way. Breakthrough teachers also help students register for rigorous college- prep courses in local high schools and work as mentors to help students choose A-G courses while becoming involved in school sports and clubs.

Summer Program

Rising 9th graders return to Breakthrough for a third summer of full day programming which includes a course in SAT Writing, Biology prep, and Algebra Camp or Geometry Prep. The mission of the summer program is to ensure that BT 9th graders successfully transition into college- prep courses in the fall.

College Bound Program

The College Bound program is the component of Breakthrough SJC that provides support for all Breakthrough students throughout their four years of High School. Services include academic advising, college counseling, tutoring, family resources, and grade tracking.


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