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Breakthrough Pittsburgh Student Application 2024

Application Deadline: __March 6, 2024__________

Thank you for your interest in Breakthrough!  Students and parents should carefully read all of the information below. 
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 grade and continues during the school year and throughout high school.


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 2024:


Applications Reviewed by Breakthrough Staff: On a rolling basis


Interviews: March 16, 2024


Decision Letters Mailed:  March 26, 2024




Breakthrough Pittsburgh
Sewickley Academy 
315 Academy Avenue
Sewickley, PA 15143
412-741-2230 ext. 3534
lagunter@sewickley.org 
   

Student
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 or Other Recommenders
Breakthrough requires two 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

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
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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 is your favorite book? Why do you like it?

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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?
5. What three attributes or characteristics will you bring to Breakthrough? How will you demonstrate these qualities in the Breakthrough community? 
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. Affiliate Student Essay Selection #1

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2. Affiliate Student Essay Selection #2

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

Please complete the Parent/Guardian section below.
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
Form 1040 is an IRS tax form used for personal federal income tax returns filed by United States residents. The form calculates the total taxable income of the taxpayer. IRS 1040 form can be found here : https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040.pdf (copy and paste into a new browser).

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://reports.educateiowa.gov/ICAVES/Home/Calculator (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.

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.

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 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.
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?

Your answer is required in order to submit.
3.  What do you love about your student? What would you like us to know about them?

Your answer is required in order to submit.
Student School Information
Recommendation Information: Breakthrough requires two recommendations as part of the application process. Your student has already provided names, please provide the email address and we will contact these recommenders directly via email. 

Recommender 1
If this name is incorrect or mispelled, please correct under the student section on page 3 of this form.
Recommender 2
If this name is incorrect or mispelled, please correct under the student section on page 3 of this form.
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.

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