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 Richard Wright’s Black Boy.
  • 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 astronomy to economics to public speaking.
  • Exploration offerings allow students to explore hobbies and sports such as soccer, football, friendship bracelet braiding, animation,  dodge ball, basketball, and art.
  • College visits. In 2015 students visited Loyola Marymount University and Pomona College.
  • Field trips to locations that supplement learning, including the Science Center and African American History Museum.
  • 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 law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

 To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call 800-795-3272 or 202-720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.