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Breakthrough New Orleans Student Application

Application Deadline: January 10, 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) Online application

    • Student Section (to be completed by the student)
    • Family Section (to be completed by the parent/guardian)
    • Teacher recommendations (2) (you will provide their email addresses and we will contact them directly)
Once all application materials are received, our team will review all information carefully, confidentially, and holistically.

Breakthrough New Orleans is a tuition-free, multi-year academic enrichment program for highly motivated middle school students with limited educational opportunities.  The program seeks to prepare students for challenging, college-preparatory high schools and college.  We are committed to selecting a diverse group of students who will benefit from the program.


Selection Timeline for Summer 2020:


Online Application Due: January 10, 2020


Applications Reviewed by Staff: Jan 10th - 15th, 2020


Interviews: Jan 25th, 2020


Decision Letters Mailed: Feb 14th, 2020


Summer Academy Dates: June 10th-July 17th, 2020




Breakthrough Site Information:

   Newman School:
   1903 Jefferson Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115 - breakthroughnola@newmanschool.org, 504-896-6393

New Orleans

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 New Orleans 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

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.  Breakthrough is a long-term commitment. See program description for a full explanation of the commitment. Why do you want to be a part of Breakthrough, and why do you feel ready for this commitment? What do you hope to gain?
Your answer is required in order to submit.
2.  What three attributes or characteristics will you bring to Breakthrough? How will you demonstrate these qualities in the Breakthrough community?
Your answer is required in order to submit.
3.  What does being a leader mean to you? Describe a time when you were a leader. 
Your answer is required in order to submit.
4.  If you had the opportunity to learn about something new, what would it be, and why? 
Your answer is required in order to submit.
5.  What are your favorite things to do outside of school (hobbies, special interests, etc.)? Why do you enjoy them? 
Your answer is required in order to submit.
6.  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
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Employment History

Education History

Home Language

Please select all that apply.

Relationship Details

Other Parent / Guardian Contact Information
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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 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 will review all information carefully, confidentially, and holistically.

Student Background

You may choose more than one.
***Please note that Breakthrough is unable to provide any bus transportation during the School Year Program, so please be aware that you will be responsible for arranging transportation for that portion of the program.
Check all that apply.
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 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.  Please describe your student's strengths, talents, and academic abilities. 
3.  What goals do you have for your student? How do you see Breakthrough fitting into your student's future? 
4.  Tell us about a time your child didn't handle a responsibility properly (missing homework, not doing chores, etc.). What steps did you take in order to get your student back on track? 
5.  What is one important value in your family and why?
6.  The success of students at Breakthrough, and of our program as a whole, depends on the continual support of family members. How will you support your student and contribute to the Breakthrough community?
Student School Information
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Please upload a PDF or photo of the document.
Please upload a PDF or photo of the document.
Recommendation Information: Breakthrough 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.
Teacher 2
If this name is incorrect or mispelled, please correct under the student section on page 3 of this form.
Breakthrough Expectations
Breakthrough New Orleans is an academic program that requires an seven-year commitment.  We expect our students to participate fully in all summer and school year programs throughout their middle and high school years.  Breakthrough New Orleans 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 New Orleans has for its students and families accepted into its program.