Breakthrough Fort Worth
Breakthrough Fort Worth
Breakthrough Fort Worth
Breakthrough Fort Worth
Breakthrough Fort Worth
Breakthrough Fort Worth

Breakthrough Fort Worth

Breakthrough Fort Worth at Fort Worth Country Day

We are still accepting applications for Summer 2024.

Students must currently be in 6th or 7th grade and can apply with the link below.

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Breakthrough brings together high achieving students from schools across the Fort Worth area and pairs them with like-minded, aspiring classroom leaders from across the nation!

A leader in education equity, Breakthrough provides access and opportunity to students from under-resourced communities who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Even in a system where obtaining a quality education has, for too long, been determined by economic access and bias over ability, Breakthrough students gain resources and knowledge to bridge the gap and achieve their goals. Breakthrough works with them to structure their own college bound path while also developing college and high school youth for classroom leadership. By employing a students-teaching-students model, it ensures learning and guidance for students as well as an immersive pre-professional teaching experience for its diverse pool of teaching leaders.

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Breakthrough Fort Worth seeks to prepare high achieving middle school students to succeed in demanding high school programs; support and guide them on their college bound path; and encourage the talented high school/college students leading them to explore careers in education.

Upcoming Events

Breakthrough Teacher Training

  • June 3-June14

Breakthrough Family Night #1 -- Grades 7th/8th

  • June 11th, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Scott Theatre (FWCD),

Breakthrough Family Night #2 -- Grades 9th/10th

  • June 12th, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Scott Theatre (FWCD)

Breakthrough Fancy Meal 

  • June 13, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Fort Worth Club

Breakthrough Summer 2024

  • June 17-July 27

Champions Day (Visitor's Day)

  • July 1-2, 9:00 a.m.-12 p.m., FWCD

Breakthrough Open House

  • July 2, 6-7 p.m., FWCD

Spirit Day

  • July 12, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., FWCD

Fun Day/Swim Day

  • July 19, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., FWCD


  • July 29, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Scott Theater

Breakthrough Wrap Up Week

  • July 29-July 31


We seek to build meaningful relationships that propel aspiring students on their path to college and aspiring teachers on their path to classrooms. Expanding our services in breadth and depth programmatically, we will create a community of students, teachers and advocates devoted to education equity.

Core Values

  • Passion for Learning
  • Respect
  • Accountability
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Courage
  • Excellence
  • Self-Advocacy

(These values are embraced by the entire Breakthrough family of students, teaching fellows and staff.)

About Affiliate

Breakthrough Fort Worth (BTFW) is an affiliate in the nationwide Breakthrough Collaborative and like most early sites, it is hosted at an established independent school. The affiliate was founded at Fort Worth Country Day in 1992 and launched its first summer session in 1993 as Summerbridge, a summer-only program serving 40 students, grades 7-8. In 2008, Breakthrough became a year-round program and began its growth to a six-year program for students through grades 7-12. Today, BTFW serves more than 300 students, volunteers and teachers, annually recruiting 80 new seventh-graders from 41 middle schools throughout the Fort Worth Independent School District and surrounding areas. It is one of only three sites in Texas and the longest-running program in the state.

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Contact Us

The Breakthrough Fort Worth team is always glad to connect with our community. Please reach out as follows:

Students | Families | Student Recruitment | Alumni | Schools
Contact Rudi Flores, [email protected], 817.302.3280

Curriculum | Teaching Fellows | Instructional Coaches | Student Volunteers | Training
Contact Jessica Manzano-Valdez, [email protected], 817.302.3280

Grants | Donations | Fancy Meal | Junior League Volunteers
Contact Renee Pierce, [email protected], 817.302.3256

Collaborative Partners | Summer Food Service | Transportation | Affiliate Info
Contact Joe Breedlove, [email protected], 817.302.3294

Fort Worth Country Day has an institutional commitment to the principles of diversity. In that spirit, the School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability or national origin in admissions, the administration of its educational policies, financial aid, athletics, and other School-administered programs.