Mission, Vision & History


Breakthrough Atlanta Pursues a Dual Mission to:

  • Increase academic opportunity for highly motivated, underserved students and get them into college ready to succeed; and
  • Inspire and develop the next generation of teachers and educational leaders.


Enabling Full Potential

Our vision is to create an empowering educational experience that results in equitable access to higher education for our students and prepares our teaching fellows for education sector roles, enabling all of our students, teaching fellows, and instructional coaches to achieve their full potential as learners, teachers, leaders, and agents of change in their communities.


Inaugural Celebration Summer of 1996

That year, 40 motivated middle school students participated in their first summer experience. Six years later, those students graduated from high school-and 34 of them went on to pursue higher education in a university or college setting.

Since Breakthrough Atlanta’s beginning; the program, hosted by The Lovett School, has served more than 400 young teachers and almost 1,900 students from Metro Atlanta’s public schools. Of those students, 85 percent have gone on to college. 62 percent were the first in their families to attend college, ending a cycle of generational poverty.

Breakthrough Atlanta is a member of a national network called Breakthrough Collaborative with 24 affiliates across the country.

Breakthrough Collaborative programs have received numerous accolades. For example, in 2007, Breakthrough was named a top summer learning program by Johns Hopkins University. We are also proud to say that once again the Princeton Review has chosen Breakthrough as one of the top ten internships in the United States.