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Student Application

Application Deadline: February 14th, 2019

Thank you for your interest in Breakthrough!  Students and parents should carefully read all of the information below.  Please click here to download and print a copy of this application for future reference.



Prospective families are asked to complete the following to be considered for Breakthrough:


Breakthrough Houston Online Application Requirements:

    • Student Section (to be completed by the student)
    • Family Section (to be completed by the parent/guardian)
    • Digital Current Photograph of the Student
    • Most Recent Copy of Family Tax Return (Acceptable Documents Include: 1040 or W2s of both parents/guardians)


Once submitted, applications will be carefully reviewed, and communications will be disseminated according to the following admission deadlines:
    • Completed Online Application Due Date: February 14th, 2019
    • Applications Reviewed by Breakthrough Houston Staff: February 14th - April 2nd, 2019
    • Decision Letters: Early April


Breakthrough Site Information:

   St. John's School/Episcopal (SJS/EHS):
   2401 Claremont Ln. Houston, TX 77019 - Morris Nwogwugwu - mnwogwugwu@sjs.org

   KIPP Connect Middle School (Connect):
   6700 Bellaire Blvd. Houston, TX 77074 - Mira K. Shaw - mshaw@sjs.org

   Gregory Lincoln Education Center (GLEC):
   1101 Taft St. Houston, TX 77019 - JoAnna Duncan - joduncan@sjs.org


Breakthrough Houston
PLEASE NOTE: Site assignment is determined by the school that the student attends.  For more information go here: breakthroughhouston.org/apply

Student Section: We are interested in getting to know each student who applies to Breakthrough so this section should ONLY BE COMPLETED BY THE STUDENT.  If you have any questions as you complete this portion of the application, please reach out to an adult.

Student Contact Information

Student Section: We are interested in getting to know each student who applies to Breakthrough so this section should ONLY BE COMPLETED BY THE STUDENT.  If you have any questions as you complete this portion of the application, please reach out to an adult.

Teacher Recommendations
Please list the (2) teachers who will write you a recommendation below: 


Please provide the teacher's full name.


Please provide the teacher's full name.

Breakthrough History

Names of family members, teachers, etc.
School Information
How do you feel about your current schoolwork?
ID number issued to you by the school or district.
Short Answer Questions:  Please answer all of the questions below using at least 2 sentences.  We want to see your best work!  You may copy/paste from a word document if you like.
1.  Tell us about a time when you were confronted with a difficult academic challenge.  How did you deal with it?
Your answer is required in order to submit.
2.  What are three personal qualities or strengths of yours, and how do you see those qualities as being important in your path to college?
Your answer is required in order to submit.
Essay:  Please answer the questions below using 250 words or less.  We want to see your best work!  You may copy/paste from a word document if you like.
1. Consider a community of which you are part (e.g. neighborhood, school, or church) and reflect on one challenge faced by that community.  How can you help solve this challenge?
Your answer is required in order to submit.

Family Section: This section of the application should ONLY BE COMPLETED BY A PARENT / GUARDIAN.

Once all the application materials are received, our team will review all information carefully, confidentially, and holistically.

Breakthrough Houston is committed to selecting a class of students who approximate the ethnic, racial, religious and cultural diversity of Houston.  Breakthrough Houston accepts students regardless of race, creed, or color; we are committed to selecting a diverse group of students who benefit from the program.

Parent / Guardian Contact Information

Please select which days and times are best for contacting you (Check all that apply):
Morning Daytime Evening

Employment History

Education History

Home Language

Please select all that apply.

Relationship Details

Other Parent / Guardian Contact Information

Please select which days and times are best for contacting you (Check all that apply):
Morning Daytime Evening

Relationship Details

Employment History

Education History

Home Language

Please select all that apply.
Additional Parent / Guardian Contact Information

Please select which days and times are best for contacting you (Check all that apply):
Morning Daytime Evening

Employment History

Education History

Home Language

Family Section: This section of the application should ONLY BE COMPLETED BY A PARENT / GUARDIAN.  Breakthrough Houston will review all information carefully, confidentially, and holistically.

Breakthrough History

Names of family members, teachers, etc.

Family Background
Annual Household Income Estimator
Need help figuring out your annual pre-tax household income?  Input your average monthly income and the number of months you worked in 2018 in the boxes below to get an estimated calculation.

Family Section: This section of the application should ONLY BE COMPLETED BY A PARENT / GUARDIAN.  Breakthrough Houston will review all information carefully, confidentially, and holistically.

Student Background

You may choose more than one.

Examples: Sports, Avid, Boys and Girls Club, Religious Activities, etc.

If applicable (i.e. speech therapy, extra tutoring, medication, any accomodations, IEP, 504 Accomodation plans, RSP, etc.)

Family Section: This section of the application should ONLY BE COMPLETED BY A PARENT / GUARDIAN.  Breakthrough Houston will review all information carefully, confidentially, and holistically.

Short Answer Questions: Help us get to know your student by responding to the questions below.  You may copy/paste from a word document if you like.
1.  Why would you like your student to be a part of Breakthrough?
2.  Please tell us about your commitment to your student's education and how committed you are to making sure your student attends college?
Student School Information
If student school is incorrect, please correct under the student section on page 3 of this form.
Recommendation Information: Breakthrough Houston requires 2 teacher recommendations as part of the application process.  Please provide information for 2 teachers who would be willing to provide a recommendation for your student.  We will contact these teachers directly via email.
Teacher 1
If this name is incorrect or mispelled, please correct under the student section on page 3 of this form.
If this email address is incorrect or misspelled, please correct under the student section on page 3 of this form.
Teacher 2
If this name is incorrect or mispelled, please correct under the student section on page 3 of this form.
If this email address is incorrect or misspelled, please correct under the student section on page 3 of this form.
Breakthrough Expectations
Breakthrough Houston is an academic program that requires a six-year commitment.  We expect our students to participate fully in all summer and school year programs throughout their middle and high school years.  Breakthrough Houston expects 100% of its students to graduate from high school and enter college, university, or a post-secondary educational opportunity.

By checking the box below, you are acknowledging that you understand the expectations Breakthrough Houston has for its students and families accepted into its program.