Breakthrough Atlanta’s programs help students develop the academic skills and study habits to enroll and succeed in college-and, ultimately, in life.

Students apply and make a six-year, year-round commitment to participate in academically intense programs-while having fun and learning the skills that give them an edge. Classes are taught by carefully selected high school and college students from across the country, who commit for eight weeks, full-time, in the summer, or for two semesters, part-time, during the school year. By investing heavily in their training and support, we create a supply of diverse and talented future leaders for the education field.


Breakthrough’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.


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.


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.

The Power of Students Teaching Students

Breakthrough Atlanta teacher interns are academically talented college students from around the country selected through a competitive application process. Under the guidance of experienced professional educators (mentor teachers), the teacher interns assume primary teaching responsibilities during the program.