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For more than 20 years, Breakthrough Atlanta has increased academic opportunity for thousands of highly motivated, underserved students and put them on a successful pathway to college, while developing the next generation of teachers and educational leaders.

Our Mission

Breakthrough Atlanta is a six year, tuition-free academically intense program that pairs high school and college-age teachers with students from Atlanta’s public schools. Breakthrough Atlanta teaches middle school students college preparatory, academic and personal skills that increase their chances of college admission. At the same time, the program provides an intensive hands-on teaching experience for high school and college students through a students-teaching- students model.



Summer Program

Breakthrough Atlanta’s summer program is both fun and academically rigorous. Classes in math, language arts, science, and social studies offer the chance to read great literature, solve challenging word problems, and tackle enticing subjects like history and science.

Students receive five hours of academic instruction daily and complete two hours of homework each night. They are supported by small classes, an advisory system, and active parent involvement. Extracurricular activities such as debate and dance, and horizon-expanding special events like College Day and Future Week are also a part of the program.

School-Year Program

Breakthrough Atlanta’s School Year program supports our students’ educational success throughout the year. Two Saturdays a month, from October to April, students attend the School Year Program, focusing on the academic subjects that are most challenging for them. They also attend enrichment classes characterized by small class sizes, inspired instruction, and supportive peers. Students participate in special activities, such as college visits, community service, and museum trips.

Teaching Fellowship Program

Breakthrough Atlanta’s innovative “Students Teaching Students” model offers high school and college students a hands-on teaching experience. The BTA Teaching Fellowship program provides students with an enduring and unique experience that reaffirms a desire to become a teacher or an advocate for education.