All sixth graders at Marco Forster Middle School got the opportunity to learn about Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano. This year 14 presentations were given over two days to recruit students for the class of 2024. The sixth graders learned that Breakthrough students commit to a six-year tuition free program that provides resources and opportunities to be able to graduate from college.

Breakthrough now maintains a strong relationship and reputation with many Marco Forster Middle School teachers who encourage their students to apply. Mr. Nelson teaches sixth grade science and is a great supporter of Breakthrough. When asked his thoughts about Breakthrough he stated, “You don’t know what you don’t know. Especially some parents that did not have a college education. They do not know what steps to take or what going to college really entails. Sadly, sometimes it is too late, but Breakthrough is a great guide because there is focus on what expenses and requirements are necessary to be on the right successful college path.” Mr. Nelson was also the first in his family to attend college, graduating from University of California, Berkeley, and his parents struggled to get him all the resources necessary, so he admires what Breakthrough does for his students.

In addition, we hosted two Family Information Nights for families to learn about our program. Topics included the year round support, three mandatory summer years, and the College Mentor Program offered. Breakthrough puts a lot of effort in demonstrating that the college path is achieved through team effort and parents also have a commitment to their student. Thus, parents are informed every year of the steps that their children are participating in and how to support their son or daughter. Breakthrough builds strong student-parent relationships to maintain effective communication. We look forward to welcoming the class of 2024.

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