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Breakthrough students are academically-motivated middle and high school students who are committed to success in a four-year college and demonstrate need for the program. They make a six-year commitment to Breakthrough, with the end goal being college graduation.

Breakthrough SJC students attend Marco Forster Middle School, Capistrano Valley High School, San Juan Hills High School, Dana Hills High School, JSerra Catholic High School, or St. Margaret’s Episcopal School. The program strives to serve students that demonstrate a need for Breakthrough in at least two of the five following ways:

  • The student will be a first generation student in their family to attend a four-year college in the United States.
  • The student’s family income qualifies him or her for free or reduced price lunch.
  • English is not the primary language spoken in the student’s household.
  • The student lives in a single-parent household.
  • The student identifies as a student of color.

Breakthrough SJC students

  • 95 percent will be the first in their families to attend college.
  • 76 percent do not have English as the primary language spoken at home.
  • 99 percent identify as students of color.
  • 84 percent are from low-income homes.
  • 100 percent of 2023 Breakthrough high school graduates are attending college.
  • 3.62 is the current average GPA of Breakthrough students enrolled in the program.