Monthly Archives: February 2014

Breakthrough SJC Seeks Motivated Students for Summer 2014

Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano is currently seeking middle school students to join the Breakthrough SJC family.

After presenting at Marco Forster Middle School and Kinoshita Elementary School in San Juan Capistrano, Breakthrough SJC has kicked off its student recruitment season for 2014.  While Breakthrough SJC is predominantly searching for 25 sixth graders to join the program this summer, all students interested in joining Breakthrough SJC should apply.

Breakthrough SJC is a tuition-free program providing academic enrichment opportunities and support for highly motivated, underserved middle and high school students from San Juan Capistrano so that they can realize their potential to excel in high school and graduate from college. Breakthrough SJC recruits highly motivated students from Marco Forster Middle School who can commit to the six-year program.

The selective Breakthrough SJC application process is designed to give middle school students a small glimpse of what it would be like to apply to college.  The application includes two teacher recommendations, a parent questionnaire and a student essay.  After initial applications are submitted, grades are reviewed and students are interviewed by Breakthrough SJC staff and Breakthrough high school students.

Applications for Breakthrough SJC are due Friday, February 21 by 5 p.m. to either the Marco Forster Middle School Office or the Breakthrough Office at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School.

Visit our “Become a Student” page to download an application.

Two Ivy-League Intern-Teachers Hired for 2014 Summer

Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano is pleased to announce José Limón, a student from Yale University, Class of 2015, and Eliza McDonough, a student from Dartmouth College Class of 2018, as the first two intern teachers hired for Summer Session 2014.

José, a first-generation college student himself, taught seventh grade math and astronomy at Breakthrough SJC last summer and Eliza instructed eighth grade English and photography.

Program Director Lorena Martinez said, “Both José and Eliza bring incredible leadership skills, passion for education, and experience to the 2014 summer team. We are happy to welcome them back to San Juan Capistrano.”

“We’re off to a great start and the process has only just begun. Breakthrough SJC is looking to hire a team of 20 intern teachers for the 2014 Summer Program. Summer teachers are high-achieving college and high school students from around the country, dedicated to making a difference in the lives of highly motivated, underserved youth in our community,” said Ms. Martinez.

For more information about the Breakthrough teaching experience, please visit our Become a Teacher page. The Regular Decision Application deadline is Tuesday, February 25, 2014.