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A Different Kind of Summer School:

Motivated, Low-Income Students Seek Academic Rigor and Path to College

- Low-income, high-potential NYC middle school students start the 10-year path to college graduation with Breakthrough New York’s summer classes -


(New York, N.Y.) – Traditionally, summer school is for students who need extra help to catch up. But for the middle school students about to begin Breakthrough New York’s summer program, the goal is to be challenged and enriched by the kind of academic rigor that their regular schools don’t offer.

Breakthrough New York (BTNY) is nonprofit organization that shepherds low-income, high-potential students from public middle schools through college with summer and afterschool programming, test prep, mentoring, college visits and more.

This summer, 99 rising 7th graders – a 50 percent increase from previous years – will begin the BTNY program with the six-week summer session. Hailing from underserved communities across the city, the students were admitted to the program from a pool of 250 applicants. All are expected to graduate from a four-year college, and most will be the first in their family to do so.

e six weeks, students will refine their skills in math, science, writing and literature, and they will learn coding. Classes are taught by BTNY Teaching Fellows who are undergraduate students from some of the nation’s most prestigious universities. This summer’s 56 Teaching Fellows, who were selected from a record 631 applicants, completed three weeks of intensive training.

In addition to academics, the summer program includes a speaker series in which business leaders will visit to tell students about the challenges they’ve overcome in their lives and careers.

During the regular school year, the students will return to BTNY twice a week for after school programming. As they progress through middle school, BTNY will guide them through the high school application process to ensure they attend a college prep school.

At a time of heightened concern over New York City public school system’s ability to prepare students for college admission, BTNY boasts a stellar track record. In 2015, all of the program’s rising 9th grade students matriculated to college prep high schools, and all of its graduating seniors matriculated to four-year colleges – including University of Chicago, Yale University, Carnegie Mellon and other elite institutions.

BTNY operates its programming at The Town School on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Bishop Loughlin High School in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and this fall will begin operating a new site in the South Bronx at the New York Junior Tennis & Learning’s new Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning. The third site has enabled the organization to accept 30 more students this year than in previous years.

Breakthrough New York was founded as Summerbridge at The Town School in 1999. Since then, Breakthrough New York has grown in size, and in 2009, Breakthrough New York became an independent not-for-profit organization in New York State.

About Breakthrough New York

Breakthrough New York is a ten-year college success program committed to getting high-potential, low-income students to and through four-year colleges. We provide after-school tutoring and summer enrichment programs to some of the best and the brightest middle school students from New York public schools, providing them on an ongoing basis with the academic preparation, guidance and mentoring they need to be able to attend selective four-year colleges. Learn more at