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Breakthrough Pittsburgh Student Application


Breakthrough Pittsburgh is a tuition-free, six-year academic enrichment program committed to supporting academically motivated, but under-resourced middle and high school students to enter and succeed in college-preparatory high school programs and attend a four-year college. Operating under a six-year model, programming for students and families begins the summer before 7th or 8th grade and continues during the school year and throughout high school.


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)
    • Two Teacher Recommendations (you will provide their email addresses and we will contact them directly)
Learn more about the expectations of Breakthrough Pittsburgh by reading this document.


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


Selection Timeline for Summer 2020 for current 7th Graders:


Online Application and Parent / Guardian Packet Due Date: December 7th


Teacher Recommendations Due: December 16th


Interviews: January 16th


Decision Letters Mailed: February 5th



Selection Timeline for Summer 2020 for current 6th Graders:


Online Application and Parent / Guardian Packet Due Date: February 3rd


Teacher Recommendations Due: February 15th


Interviews: March 6th


Decision Letters Mailed:  March 12th




Breakthrough Contact Information

Breakthrough Pittsburgh
Lawrence Gunter - lagunter@sewickley.org - 412-254-6013



   

BTP 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 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.  Breakthrough is a long-term 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 is your favorite book? Why do you like it?

Your answer is required in order to submit.
3.  What are your future goals? How is attending college going to help you reach
these goals?

Your answer is required in order to submit.
4.  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.
5.   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.
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.
2. 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.

Edit section title
I would like to complete the Parent section the following language. 
Me gustaría completar la sección de padres en el siguiente idioma.
Tôi muốn hoàn tất phần của phụ huynh bằng ngôn ngữ sau.

Please click the circle ONCE to select a language and then it will take about 10 seconds for the circle to darken and for the remainder of the form to load in your selected language.  Thank you!


Por favor oprima el círculo para elegir el idioma UNA VEZ. Después de seleccionar el idioma preferido, pasarán 10 segundos antes de que el círculo se oscurezca y la aplicación aparezca en el idioma indicado.  Muchas gracias por su paciencia. 


NEED TEXT IN VIETNAMESE


Parent / Guardian Contact Information
Press Ctrl to select multiple options
Press Ctrl to select multiple options

Employment History

Education History

Home Language

Please select all that apply.

Relationship Details

IF BTP ENABLES THIS LANGUAGE THE QUESTIONS AND CONDITIONAL ABOUT ADDING PARENT 2 DATA WILL NEED TO BE UPDATED SINCE THIER FORM WAS CLONED BEFORE THAT WAS ADDED TO THE BASE TEMPLATE -------Información de contacto del padre/guardián (Parent / Guardian Contact Information - Spanish)
First Name
Last Name
Gender
Birth Country
Home Address Street
Home Address City
Home Address State
Home Address Zip Code
My address is the same as the student
Parent Email Address
Home Phone
Cell Phone
Work Phone
Preferred means of contact
Please select the best day(s) to contact you. Press Ctrl to select multiple options
Please select the best time(s) to contact you. Press Ctrl to select multiple options.

Historial de empleo (Employment History)

Employment status
Employer name
Years with company or organization
Work Hours

Historial educativo (Education History)

Highest level of education completed
Country of bachelor’s degree
Country of master’s/professional/doctoral degree
Country of highest level of education

Idioma del hogar (Home Language)

What languages are regularly spoken in your home? Please select all that apply.
Specify home language(s)
How often do you speak English with your child at home?
What was the first language your child learned to speak?
How comfortable are you with English?
Would you need documents and communication to be translated for you?

Detalles de la relación (Relationship Details)

What is your relationship to the student?
Do you have a spouse or partner who lives in the same household as you and your student?
What is your spouse/partner's relationship to the student?
Is there any other adult(s) involved in the student's upbringing or living in your home that we should be in contact with?
Please provide details
How much of the time does your student live with you?
Does student receive additional financial support from another parent or guardian?
Where does the student live when not living with you?
If you selected "other" for the question above, please explain
***IF BTP enables this language it will need to be updated to match the required fields above, and to update the questions and conditionals about entering Parent 2 info ----------------Lời tuyên bố của phụ huynh/ người giám hộ (Parent/Guardian Information - Vietnamese)


Hướng dẫn: Biểu mẫu này dành cho phụ huynh hoặc người giám hộ của học sinh để hoàn thành. Xin vui lòng nộp biểu mẫu này với đơn đăng kí của học sinh. Tại sao chúng tôi hỏi những câu hỏi này? Yếu tố chính mà chúng tôi xem xét trong mỗi đương đơn là động lực. Tuy nhiên, chúng tôi cũng xem xét những yếu tố khác như học sinh có phải là thế hệ đầu tiên trong gia đình đi đại học. Mặc dù những yếu tố này có thể ảnh hưởng đến quyết định của chúng tôi, nhưng chúng không đảm bảo hoặc loại bỏ đơn học sinh. Những câu hỏi này sẽ không được chia sẻ với bất cứ ai bên ngoài chương trình BreakthroughXin lưu ý rằng chương trình này chỉ dành cho học sinh học lớp 6. 

First Name
Last Name
Gender
Birth Country
Home Address Street
Home Address City
Home Address State
Home Address Zip Code
My address is the same as the student
Parent Email Address
Home Phone
Cell Phone
Work Phone
Preferred means of contact
Please select the best day(s) to contact you. Press Ctrl to select multiple options
Please select the best time(s) to contact you. Press Ctrl to select multiple options.

Lich sử công việc (Employment History)

Employment status
Employer name
Years with company or organization

Lịch Sử học vấn (Education History)

Highest level of education completed
Country of bachelor’s degree
Country of master’s/professional/doctoral degree
Country of highest level of education
Please specify country of education
Ngôn ngữ ở nhà (Home Language)
What languages are regularly spoken in your home? Please select all that apply.
Specify home language(s)
How often do you speak English with your child at home?
What was the first language your child learned to speak?
How comfortable are you with English?
Would you need documents and communication to be translated for you?
Chi tiết mối quan hệ (Relationship Details)
Do you have a spouse or partner who lives in the same household as you and your student?
What is your relationship to the student?
What is your spouse/partner's relationship to the student?
Is there any other adult(s) involved in the student's upbringing or living in your home that we should be in contact with?
Please provide details
How much of the time does your student live with you?
Does student receive additional financial support from another parent or guardian?
Where does the student live when not living with you?
If you selected "other" for the question above, please explain
Parent / Guardian #2 Contact Information
Press Ctrl to select multiple options
Press Ctrl to select multiple options

Employment History

Education History

Please select all that apply.
If BTP enables this language the required fields will need to be checked to match English --------------Información de contacto del otro padre/guardián (Parent / Guardian #2 Contact Information - Spanish)
First Name
Last Name
Gender
Gender Specify
Birth Country
Home Address Street
Home Address City
Home Address State
Home Address Zip Code
Home Phone
Cell Phone
Work Phone
Email Address
What is their relationship to the student?
How much of the time does your student live with them?
Preferred means of contact
Please select the best time(s) to contact you. Press Ctrl to select multiple options.
Please select the best day(s) to contact you. Press Ctrl to select multiple options

Historial de empleo (Employment History)

Employment status
Employer name
Years with company or organization
Work Hours

Historia educativo (Education History)

Highest level of education completed
What year were they last enrolled in college
Country of bachelor’s degree
What year did they complete your bachelor’s degree?
Country of master’s/professional/doctoral degree
Country of highest level of education
Please specify country of education
What languages are regularly spoken in your home? Please select all that apply.
Specify home language(s)
How often do they speak English with your child at home?
What was the first language your child learned to speak?
How comfortable are they with English?
Would they need documents and communication to be translated for you?
If BTP enables this language the required fields will need to be checked to match English -------Thông tin hụ huynh/người giám hộ #2  (Parent / Guardian #2 Contact Information - Vietnamese)
First Name
Last Name
Gender
Gender Specify
Birth Country
Home Address Street
Home Address City
Home Address State
Home Address Zip Code
Home Phone
Cell Phone
Work Phone
Email Address
What is their relationship to the student?
How much of the time does the student live with them?
Preferred means of contact
Please select the best day(s) to contact you. Press Ctrl to select multiple options
Please select the best time(s) to contact you. Press Ctrl to select multiple options.

Lịch sử công việc (Employment History - Vietnamese)

Employment status
Employer name
Years with company or organization

Lịch Sử học vấn  (Education History)

Highest level of education completed
Country of bachelor’s degree
Country of master’s/professional/doctoral degree
Country of highest level of education
What languages are regularly spoken in your home? Please select all that apply.
Specify home language(s)
How often do they speak English with your child at home?
How comfortable are they with English?
Would they need documents and communication to be translated for you?

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.

Historal de Breakthrough (Breakthrough History - Spanish)

How did you hear about Breakthrough?
Other - please explain
Please provide details on how you heard about Breakthrough. Names of family members, teachers, etc.
Do you have any other children in the program or who has/have completed the program?
Other Student Name
Other Student Birthdate
Other Student Grade
Other Student Breakthrough Site

Lịch sử Breakthrough (Breakthrough History - Vietnamese)

How did you hear about Breakthrough?
Other - please explain
Please provide details on how you heard about Breakthrough. Names of family members, teachers, etc.
Do you have any other children in the program or who has/have completed the program?
Other Student Name
Other Student Birthdate
Other Student Grade
Other Student Breakthrough Site

Family Background
Antecedentes de Familia (Family Background - Spanish)
Is your monthly income fixed or flexible?
What is your ANNUAL pre-tax household income
How many people living in your household are under the age of 18?
How many people in your household are 18 years of age or older?
Please upload your 1040 (optional):
Has anything happened in the last year that has impacted the accuracy of the information provided on your current financial situation?
Hoàn Cảnh Gia Đình (Family Background - Vietnamese)
Is your monthly income fixed or flexible?
What is your ANNUAL pre-tax household income
How many people living in your household are under the age of 18?
How many people in your household are 18 years of age or older?
Please upload your 1040 (optional):
Has anything happened in the last year that has impacted the accuracy of the information provided on your current financial situation?

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.
Hold down the Ctrl button to choose more than one.
Can be specific ethnicity (Hmong, Chinese, Nigerian), religious affiliation (Muslim, Jewish, Jain), or any other community your student identifies with.

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.)
Antecedentes del estudiante (Student Background - Spanish)
Does your student qualify for Free and Reduced Price Lunch?
Is your student Hispanic or Latino/a?

Which of the following choices describe your student's race? You may choose more than one.
Please specify student's country/ies of origin. Hold down the Ctrl button to choose more than one.
Please list or describe any other communities your student identifies with. Can be specific ethnicity (Hmong, Chinese, Nigerian), religious affiliation (Muslim, Jewish, Jain), or any other community your student identifies with.
How will your student get to/from Breakthrough?

Other transport:
Breakthrough provides students with access to public transportation, but students often travel to and from the program alone. Would you allow your child to travel alone on public transportation:
Ejemplos: Deportes, Avid, Boys and Girls Club, actividades religiosas, etc. Does your student currently participate in any other programs or activities?Examples: Sports, Avid, Boys and Girls Club, Religious Activities, etc.

Please describe your student's other commitment(s). How many hours per week does your student dedicate to each activity and how flexible are these commitments?
Do you foresee any conflicts with the dates of the program?

Please explain conflicts/concerns:
To ensure that your child receives the consideration, support and encouragement they need while in Breakthrough, please share any educational support your student has or is currently receiving. If applicable (i.e. speech therapy, extra tutoring, medication, any accomodations, IEP, 504 Accomodation plans, RSP, etc.)
Please describe educational support
Breakthrough is a rigorous 6-year academic commitment. How will you help your student fulfill this commitment? Please explain.
Please upload a student photo (optional)
If BTP enables this language the required field settings will need to be updated to match English -------Hoàn Cảnh Học Sinh (Student Background - Vietnamese)
Does your student qualify for Free and Reduced Price Lunch?
Is your student Hispanic or Latino/a?

Which of the following choices describe your student's race? You may choose more than one.
Please specify student's country/ies of origin. Hold down the Ctrl button to choose more than one.
Please list or describe any other communities your student identifies with. Can be specific ethnicity (Hmong, Chinese, Nigerian), religious affiliation (Muslim, Jewish, Jain), or any other community your student identifies with.
How will your student get to/from Breakthrough?

Other transport:
Breakthrough provides students with access to public transportation, but students often travel to and from the program alone. Would you allow your child to travel alone on public transportation:
Ví dụ: Thể thao, Avid, Boys and Girls Club, Hoạt Động Tôn Giáo, vv. Does your student currently participate in any other programs or activities?Examples: Sports, Avid, Boys and Girls Club, Religious Activities, etc.

Please describe your student's other commitment(s). How many hours per week does your student dedicate to each activity and how flexible are these commitments?
Do you foresee any conflicts with the dates of the program?

Please explain conflicts/concerns:
To ensure that your child receives the consideration, support and encouragement they need while in Breakthrough, please share any educational support your student has or is currently receiving. If applicable (i.e. speech therapy, extra tutoring, medication, any accomodations, IEP, 504 Accomodation plans, RSP, etc.)
Please describe educational support
Breakthrough is a rigorous 6-year academic commitment. How will you help your student fulfill this commitment? Please explain.
Please upload a student photo (optional)

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.  What goals do you have for your student? How do you see Breakthrough
fitting into your student's future?

2. 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?

3. What do you love about your student? What would you like us to know about
them?

CHOSEN QUESTIONS NOT YET TRANSLATED - CAN'T ACTIVATE THIS LANGUAGE UNTIL THESE AND MAPPINGS ARE UPDATED for BTP - Preguntas de respuesta corta: ayúdenos a conocer a su estudiante respondiendo a las siguientes preguntas (Short Answer Questions - Spanish)
1.  Díganos por qué USTED, como padre(s)/guardián(es) quiere(n) ser parte de la comunidad de Breakthrough y por qué cree que es importante que su hijo/a asista a un colegio o una universidad de 4 años?
Tell us why YOU, as the parent(s)/guardian(s) want to be part of the Breakthrough community and why you think it is important for your child to attend a 4-year college or university?
2.  Breakthrough busca estudiantes comprometidos a ellos mismos, a sus estudios,  y a todos sus responsabilidades. Por favor díganos por que cree que su hijo/a es un estudiante dedicado/a y comprometido/a. Por favor comparta cualquier ejemplo para apoyar su respuesta.
Breakthrough is looking for students who are committed to themselves, their academics, and to all responsibilities. Please tell us why you think your child is a dedicated and committed student. Please share any examples to support your ideas.
3.  Por favor comparte su propio viaje educativo con nosotros. Qué le impidió obtener una educación superior o un título universitario?
Please share your own educational journey with us. What obstacles, if any, did you experience, that prevented you from pursuing higher education or a college degree?
CHOSEN QUESTIONS ARE NOT YET TRANSLATED.  CAN'T ACTIVATE THIS LANGUAGE UNTIL THESE AND MAPPINGS ARE UPDATED - Những câu trả lời ngắn: Giúp chúng tôi tìm hiểu thêm về học sinh của bạn bằng cách trả lời các câu hỏi bên dưới (Short Answers - Vietnamese)
1.  Hãy nói cho chúng tôi biết tại sao BẠN, với tư cách là cha mẹ/ người giám hộ muốn là một phần của Breakthrough và tại sao bạn nghĩ rằng điều quan trọng đối với con bạn là được đi học đại học 4 năm?
Tell us why YOU, as the parent(s)/guardian(s) want to be part of the Breakthrough community and why you think it is important for your child to attend a 4-year college or university?
2.  Breakthrough đang tìm kiếm những học sinh có trách nhiệm với bản thân, với việc học hành và với mọi trách nhiệm khác. Hãy cho chúng tôi biết tại sao bạn nghĩ con bạn là một học sinh có trách nhiệm. Xin hãy chia sẻ ví dụ hỗ trợ ý kiến của bạn.
Breakthrough is looking for students who are committed to themselves, their academics, and to all responsibilities. Please tell us why you think your child is a dedicated and committed student. Please share any examples to support your ideas.
3.  Xin hãy chia sẻ hành trình giáo dục của bạn với chúng tôi. Có bất kì trở ngại nào mà bạn đã trải qua đã ngăn bạn theo học bằng cao đẳng hay đại học không?
Please share your own educational journey with us. What obstacles, if any, did you experience, that prevented you from pursuing higher education or a college degree?
Student School Information
Información de la escuela del estudiante (Student School Information - Spanish)
Name of student's current school
Will the student be attending the same school next year
Student's new school name
Please list the school counselor who will send your student's grades/test scores.
IF BTP ACTIVATES THIS LANGUAGE WE WILL NEED TO ADD TWO MORE UPLOAD LINKS AND TWO NEW CONTENT VERSION CONNECTORS
Thông tin trường hoc (Student School Information - Vietnamese)
Name of student's current school
Will the student be attending the same school next year
Student's new school name
Please list the school counselor who will send your student's grades/test scores.
IF BTP ACTIVATES THIS LANGUAGE WE WILL NEED TO ADD TWO MORE UPLOAD LINKS AND TWO NEW CONTENT VERSION CONNECTORS
Recommendation Information: Breakthrough Pittsburgh requires two recommendations as part of the application process. 

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.
Información de recomendación: Breakthrough Pittsburgh requiere dos recomendaciones cómo parte del proceso de solicitud. (Recommender Information - Spanish) 

Maestro 1
Recommender's Name. If this name is incorrect or mispelled, please correct under the student section on page 3 of this form.
Recommender's Emai
Maestro 2
Recommender's Name. If this name is incorrect or mispelled, please correct under the student section on page 3 of this form.
Recommender's Email
NOT TRANSLATED FOR BT Pittsburgh.  Need translation of their custom text if want to activate this language. Thông tin giới thiệu: Chương Trình Breakthrough Thung lũng Silicon yêu cầu hai người giới thiệu như là một phần của quá trình đăng ký. Nếu con bạn học trong học khu Franklin McKinley, hai người giới thiệu có thể là hai giáo viên hoặc một giáo viên và một người làm giáo dục (ví dụ: người cố vấn học sinh, hiệu trưởng). Nếu con bạn theo học ở học khu San Jose Unified, hai người giới thiệu phải là MỘT giáo viên toán và MỘT giáo viên ngữ văn. Học sinh đã cung cấp tên, vui lòng cung cấp địa chỉ email và chúng tôi sẽ liên hệ với các giáo viên trực tiếp qua email. (Recommenders - Vietnamese)

Giáo Viên 1 (Teacher 1)
Recommender's Name. If this name is incorrect or mispelled, please correct under the student section on page 3 of this form.
Recommender's Emai
Giáo Viên 2 (Teacher 2)
Recommender's Name. If this name is incorrect or mispelled, please correct under the student section on page 3 of this form.
Recommender's Email
Breakthrough Expectations

Breakthrough is a six-year commitment and families are expected to participate actively in the program starting with the summer before 7th grade and continue through the end of their student’s senior year in high school.  Read more about our expectations here.


By checking the box below, you are acknowledging that you understand the expectations Breakthrough has for its students and families accepted into its program.
NOT YET TRANSLATED FOR BT Pittsburgh specific language - Expectativas de Breakthrough (Breakthrough Expectations - Spanish)
Affiliate specific expectations language...

Al marcar la casilla a continuación, reconozco que entiendo que el programa es un compromiso de seis años y que estamos entusiasmados de participar y recibir el apoyo necesario para asegurar que nuestro hijo/a se inscriba en una universidad de cuatro años después de la escuela secundaria.
I understand the expectations of Breakthrough.
NOT YET TRANSLATED for BT Pittsburgh specific language - Kỳ vong của Breakthrough (Breakthrough Expectations - Vietnamese)
Affiliate specific expectations language...

Bằng cách chọn ô dưới đây, tôi xác nhận rằng tôi hiểu được chương trình là một cam kết kéo dài sáu năm và chúng tôi rất hào hứng tham gia và nhận được sự hỗ trợ cần thiết để đảm bảo con của chúng tôi đi học trường đại học bốn năm sau trung học
I understand the expectations of Breakthrough.
Unhide one or both of these and update conditionals if additional languages are activated.

Podrá tomar hasta un minuto para procesar la aplicación antes de que vea la confirmación.  Por favor no ingrese la aplicación dos veces.  Muchas gracias por su paciencia. 


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