Breakthrough Fort Worth
New student applications will be available December 2023.
Interested families should fill out an inquiry form.
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.
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.
Super Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Jan 27, 2024 (Upper School)
- Apr 20, 2024 (Upper School)
- May 11, 2024 (Upper School)
Holiday Party, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Dec 16 (FDP)
BT High School College Trip
- Feb. 19, 2024 (Upper School)
Interview Day (Tentative)
- March 30, 2024 (FDP/Middle School)
New Family Orientation, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
- May 4 (FDP)
Senior Dinner, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
- May 18th (FDP)
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.
- Passion for Learning
(These values are embraced by the entire Breakthrough family of students, teaching fellows and staff.)
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.
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