Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano provides tuition-free, year-round support for six years. Our program provides students with:

  • Summer Session: Three consecutive years of intensive six-weeks in core and academic courses.
  • In-Session: After-school tutoring twice a week throughout the school year to ensure success in current and future middle school classes.
  • College Bound: Weekly tutoring sessions for high school students that earn below 3.0 GPA.
  • Students Teaching Students: College and high school teachers and mentors create transformational relationships and learning environments.
  • College counseling: Support for students and parents in the college application process (guidance with ACT/SAT, applications, school selection and financial aid)

Summer Session

Hosted by St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, Breakthrough SJC students attend an intensive six week, summer program before entering seventh, eighth and ninth grades. Taught by high achieving and energetic college and high school teaching fellows, Breakthrough SJC students take challenging and engaging courses in core and elective subjects. Highlights of our summer program include:

  • Core classes in math, science, literature and writing, and social studies to prepare students for future middle school and high school courses.
  • Seventh graders read Sandra Cisnero’s novel House on Mango Street, eighth graders read John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, and ninth graders read Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson’s Chew on This.
  • Science courses: life science course in seventh grade, physical science in eighth grade and biology in ninth grade.
  • Tailored math classes in pre-algebra, algebra, advanced algebra I, geometry and algebra II.
  • Academic electives provide a well-rounded education in everything from psychology to creative writing to public speaking.
  • Exploration offerings allow students to explore hobbies and sports such as ultimate frisbee, soccer, basketball, poetry, dance, singing, and art.
  • College visits. In 2017 students visited La Verne University and the Claremont Colleges.
  • Field trips to locations that supplement learning, including the Ocean Institute, Los Angeles Environmental Learning Center, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
  • Breakthrough SJC special events such as Spirit Day, Olympics and Celebration which build a sense of community and a college-going culture!
  • All meals are provided free of charge through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).*


Hosted at Marco Forster Middle School, Breakthrough SJC students attend after-school programming twice a week for an hour during their seventh and eighth grade school years.  The main goal of In-Session is to provide academic support that ensures success in middle school classes. Highlights of In-Session include:

  • Tutoring focused on strengthening students’ skills in a specific content area.
  • Guest speakers and field trips to show the real-life importance of each subject.
  • All-school meetings to build students’ public speaking skills and spark their creativity.
  • Parent conferences each semester to provide support customized to each student’s and parents’ needs.
  • Bi-monthly grade checks to ensure students remain on the college path.

 College Bound

In order to achieve our mission of putting students on the trajectory of a successful college path, Breakthrough SJC provides six years of academic support to students and families. After competing their eighth grade, these rising high school freshmen re-enroll in the College Bound high school program. Highlights of College Bound include:

  • Monthly sessions at each high school, during tutorial or lunch, on topics ranging from goal setting to SAT prep.
  • Weekly tutoring with Breakthrough, provided by area college students. If students drop below a 3.0 GPA, they will be required to attend either this or tutoring at their high schools.
  • Monthly events for parents and students which include presentations from a college admissions counselors and college visits.

*In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.