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Breakthrough San Francisco Student Application

Application Deadline: Friday, Feb 10, 2023

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

 

Breakthrough accepts students regardless of race, creed, or color and is committed to selecting a class of students that represents the diversity of San Francisco. Please note that applicants must meet at least three of our five need criteria: potential first-generation college student; eligible for free- or reduced-price lunch; speaks a language other than English at home; lives in a single-parent household; and/or attends an under-resourced school.



Selection Timeline for Summer 2023:


Online Application and Parent/Guardian Packet Due Date: Fri, February 10, 2023


Applications Reviewed by Breakthrough Staff: February 20-26, 2023


Interview Notifications: Mon, March 6, 2023


Decision Letters E-Mailed: Mon, March 31, 2023




Breakthrough San Francisco is a year-round academic enrichment program for motivated San Francisco students with limited educational opportunities. Students apply as fourth graders and make an eight-year commitment, with the goal of attending a best-fit four-year college. All programming is tuition-free and takes place at San Francisco Day School (350 Masonic Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118).

To learn more, please visit our website at www.breakthroughsf.org.
BTSF
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 Language(s)
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 Recommendation
Breakthrough requires one recommendation as part of the application process.  Please list the teacher who will provide your recommendation.  Your parent / guardian will be asked to provide their email address in the parent section of the application.
Please provide the teacher's full name.
Breakthrough History

If more than one, choose the option that was most influential in applying for Breakthrough
Names of family members, teachers, etc.
School Information
ID number issued to you by the school or district.
Affiliate Instruction
For all short answer and essay questions you need to populate the question(s) below AND in the Connector in order for the record in Salesforce to show the question they are answering. These instructions are for your use and will be hidden from applicants.
Short Answer Questions:  Please answer all of the questions in AT LEAST 2 sentences.  We want to see your best work!  You may copy/paste from a Word document if you like.
1. Describe​ ​a​ ​time​ ​when​ ​you​ ​did​ ​something​ ​difficult​ ​or​ ​outside​ ​your​ ​“comfort​ ​zone.”​ ​What​ ​was​ ​the​ ​outcome? What​ ​did​ ​you​ ​learn​ ​from​ ​the​ ​experience?

Your answer is required in order to submit.
2. 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.
3. 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.
Essay:  Please answer the questions below using AT LEAST 8-10 sentences.  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. If you could fast-forward into the future and see yourself, where do you think you will be in the next 10-15 years? What kinds of things will you be doing?  What type of job will you have? How will you achieve these goals? Where will you be living? Describe in detail what your life will be like in the future.

Your answer is required in order to submit.

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

Parent / Guardian Information

Employment History

Education History

A first-generation student means BOTH parents did not complete a 4-year college or university degree (or higher). If a degree was obtained from a country other than the United States, a student qualifies as a first-generation student.

Home Language(s)

Relationship Details

Ex: Name, relationship, contact information, etc.
Parent / Guardian #2 Contact Information

Relationship Details

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

Select all that apply.
Names of family members, teachers, etc.
Family Background

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
If you are unsure if your student qualifies, visit this website to calculate free or reduced price lunch status: https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/1953 (copy and paste into a new browser).

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.

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.

Affiliate Instruction
For all short answer and/or essay questions you need to populate the question(s) below AND in the Connector in order for the record in Salesforce to show the question they are answering. These instructions are for your use and will be hidden from applicants.
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 do you love about your student? What would you like us to know about them?

Your answer is required in order to submit.
2. What goals do you have for your student? How do you see Breakthrough fitting into your student's future?

Your answer is required in order to submit.
Student School Information
Recommendation Information: Breakthrough requires one recommendation as part of the application process. Your student has already provided a name, please provide the email address and we will contact the recommender directly via email. 

Recommender
If this name is incorrect or mispelled, please correct under the student section on page 3 of this form.
Breakthrough Expectations


Breakthrough San Francisco students make an eight-year commitment. During the summers before fifth - eighth grade, students attend our six-week summer academic program and complete roughly one hour of homework nightly. During their fifth - eighth grade school years, students attend Breakthrough two afternoons per week for academic support. During their ninth - twelfth grade years, students attend monthly Saturday workshops. Students and families are also expected to participate in middle school, high school, and college admissions support and carefully consider the advice and suggestions of Breakthrough staff. Attendance is mandatory; we expect our students and families to plan all other commitments around Breakthrough programming over the course of their eight years with us.



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

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