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Breakthrough Houston Student Application

Application Deadline: February 14, 2020

Thank you for your interest in Breakthrough!  Students and parents should carefully read all of the information below. 


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


1) Breakthrough Houston Online Application Requirements:

    • Student Section (to be completed by the student)
    • Family Section (to be completed by the parent/guardian)
    • Digital Current Photo of Student
    • Most Recent Copy of Family Tax Return (acceptable documents include 1040 or W2s of both parents/guardians)
    • Math Teacher Recommendation (you provide email and we send)
    • Reading/Language Arts Teacher Recommendation (you provide email and we send)



Selection Timeline for Summer 2020:


Online Application Due Date: Feb 14, 2020


Applications Reviewed by Breakthrough Houston Staff: Feb - April 2020


Diagnostic Testing: Feb 29th, 2020, 1:00-3:00 pm


Decision Letters Mailed: April 13th-17th, 2020


Interviews (if needed): March 16th-18th, 2020




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. Shah - mshah@sjs.org

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

BTH Students
Saving Instructions

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 or Other Recommenders
Breakthrough Houston requires 2 teacher recommendations as part of the application process.  Please list the teachers who will provide your recommendations.  Your parent / guardian will be asked to provide their email addresses in the parent section of the application.
Please provide the teacher's full name.
Please provide the teacher's full name.
Breakthrough History

Names of family members, teachers, etc.
School Information
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 your future goals? How is attending college going to help you reach these goals?
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.

Parent / Guardian Contact Information

Employment History

Education History

Home Language

Please select all that apply.

Relationship Details

Other Parent / Guardian Contact Information

Relationship Details

Employment History

Education History

Home Language

Please select all that apply.
Additional Parent / Guardian Contact Information
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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.
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Can be specific ethnicity (Hmong, Chinese, Nigerian), religious affiliation (Muslim, Jewish, Jain), or any other community your student identifies with.

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 part of Breakthrough?
2.  What do you love about your student?  What would you like us to know about them?
Student School Information
Recommendation Information: Breakthrough Houston requires 2 teacher recommendations as part of the application process.  Your student already provided names (please revisit the student section if these need to be changed).  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.
Math Teacher
If this name is incorrect or mispelled, please correct under the student section on page 3 of this form.
Reading/Language Arts Teacher
If this name is incorrect or mispelled, please correct under the student section on page 3 of this form.
Breakthrough Expectations
Breakthrough Houston is an academic program that requires an 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 and that you agree to turn in a completed Parent Packet.