Breakthrough Greater Boston

at 459 Broadway, Cambridge, 02138 United States

Learn. Teach. Inspire. Breakthrough Greater Boston (BTGB) is transforming urban education for students and teachers. Through six years of intensive, tuition-free, out of school time programming, Breakthrough changes students' academic trajectories and supports them along the path to four-year college. Simultaneously, BTGB builds the next generation of teachers through competitive recruitment, research-based training, and coaching from master teachers. At Breakthrough, students and teachers and closing the achievement gap one breakthrough at a time. For the last three years, 100% of BTGB seniors have matriculated to four-year college. Over 70% of Breakthrough teachers pursue careers in education after interning at BTGB. BTGB is an affiliate site of the Breakthrough Collaborative:

Breakthrough Greater Boston
459 Broadway
Cambridge , MA 02138
United States
Contact Phone
P: (617) 349-6647


Middle School Program: Breakthrough Greater Boston’s acclaimed middle school program is a fun, rigorous, year-round academic program with three components, a summer program, a school-year program, and year-round advocacy. Breakthrough Greater Boston recruits in public sixth grade classrooms in Cambridge and Boston. Breakthrough accepts students who are willing to make a six-year commitment to the program, are serious about pursuing the goal of college, and have a demonstrated need. High School Program: Students who complete Breakthrough Greater Boston’s Middle School Program enroll in the High School Program, committing to stay on the path to college and benefitting from BTGB’s support each step of the way. Students remain closely tied to the BTGB community and a college-going peer group they built in middle school. The high school program is made up of three program components: Advocacy, Summer Programming, and the College Access Program. Teacher Training Program: Breakthrough trains high-achieving high school and college students to teach in the summer and school-year sessions as part of its unique students-teaching-students model. With guidance and support from Program Directors and experienced professional Mentor Teachers, college and high-school students shoulder the responsibilities of full-time educators as they implement curricula, plan daily lessons, manage student behavior, and commit their time to helping younger students follow in their footsteps on the road to college.

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While many people are taking a long holiday weekend, Breakthrough teachers are hard at work preparing Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and TechBoston Academy for the arrival of our students next week! #BigUps to our community partner, Fidelity Investments for donating summer learning kits for all of our Boston students this summer! #mybreakthroughsummer

Published Breakthrough Greater Boston on 2016-07-01 15:16:21 GMT

We are so thrilled to be partnering with the Highland Street Foundation's Community Impact Consulting Program! Today is our first meeting with Dot Joyce, former press secretary to late Mayor Menino. Dot will be helping our "small but mighty" team expand our marketing and communications strategy. Read more about Dot, her work with Breakthrough, and the Community Impact Consultants Program in this recent Globe article. Welcome to the Breakthrough community, Dot!

Published Breakthrough Greater Boston on 2016-06-30 14:01:41 GMT

Tonight is the kick off for our Summer Program at our Dorchester Campus! Watch some of our teachers practice their cheers while they wait for their students and families to arrive! #mybreakthroughsummer

Published Breakthrough Greater Boston on 2016-06-28 22:13:30 GMT

Breakthrough really enjoyed having Raffi Btgb Pontes join us as a Program Fellow with the Commonwealth Corporation this past year! While her time as a Commonwealth Corps Fellow has officially ended, we are thrilled she will be coming back to Breakthrough for another year of service with The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship in August! Read about Raffi's invaluable support of Breakthrough's students this past year on page 6th of the most recent Commonwealth Corps newsletter!

Published Breakthrough Greater Boston on 2016-06-27 19:15:31 GMT

Breakthrough's teacher training continues! Here, our Social Studies teachers are hard at work planning curriculum for for our Boston and Cambridge students. What was your favorite Social Studies class at Breakthrough? #mybreakthroughsummer

Published Breakthrough Greater Boston on 2016-06-24 19:00:25 GMT

Breakthrough teachers in Cambridge create the "cheer line" to welcome students and families to the summer kick off! #mybreakthroughsummer

Published Breakthrough Greater Boston on 2016-06-22 22:40:19 GMT

Tonight we are gathering for the Summer Program kick off event at our Cambridge Campus! #BigUps to Lizzy's Homemade Ice Cream for donating all of the ice cream and treats we need to welcome our students and families to another amazing summer at Breakthrough!

Published Breakthrough Greater Boston on 2016-06-22 21:25:01 GMT

Want to give the gift of reading to a Breakthrough student this summer? Visit Porter Square Books before July 1st, purchase a copy of A Raisin in the Sun for a Breakthrough student, and get 20% off your whole order! Help us learn, teach, read, and inspire!

Published Breakthrough Greater Boston on 2016-06-20 16:59:20 GMT

Teachers returning to Breakthrough this summer have officially arrived! Here, some of our returners are hard at work preparing for tomorrow's retreat when we will welcome all 70 teachers from 44 colleges and universities. On their agenda for today? Planning for spirit days, secret buddies, and practicing some of their favorite Breakthrough cheers. We can't wait to get started! #mybreakthroughsummer

Published Breakthrough Greater Boston on 2016-06-15 19:15:33 GMT

Breakthrough is proud to be a community parter of Lesley University and the Urban Scholars Program, featured in this recent Boston Globe piece on college affordability. #BigUps to the Urban Scholars Program, which offers a four-year, 50% tuition discount to promising students who are recommended by nonprofits in the area!

Published Breakthrough Greater Boston on 2016-06-13 17:41:46 GMT

Last night, Breakthrough's seniors at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School officially graduated from high school! Breakthrough staff and volunteers were honored to be at the ceremony to celebrate this impressive group of students we have known since 6th grade!

Published Breakthrough Greater Boston on 2016-06-10 18:06:40 GMT

100% of Breakthrough's graduating seniors were accepted to four-year colleges! Join us in congratulating Breakthrough’s class of 2016. We can’t wait to see the amazing things this group will accomplish in college and beyond!

Published Breakthrough Greater Boston on 2016-06-03 18:32:19 GMT

Tomorrow our graduating high school seniors and staff will gather with this year's College Access Coaches for a celebration. Our Coaches have been supporting BTGB students one-on-one over the past year in applying to college, crafting a strong personal statement, and navigating complex financial aid paperwork. We are so grateful for the personalized support our Coaches provide to our students. "Share" and "like" this post to thank all of our College Access Coaches for their hard work this year!

Published Breakthrough Greater Boston on 2016-05-27 14:48:08 GMT

We are having a great morning with the team from Boston Cares, learning how we can best support our new VISTA members next year. If you're looking to join the phenomenal team at BTGB, gain impressive experience in the nonprofit sector, and build your network, apply for one of our two AmeriCorps VISTA positions through Boston Cares: Hurry, the deadline to apply is coming up in June!

Published Breakthrough Greater Boston on 2016-05-25 16:40:06 GMT

#BigUps to the Highland Street Foundation for continuing to open doors to MA's cultural institutions for ALL! Check out this year's Free Fun Friday list, released today. #SeeMoreSummer

Published Breakthrough Greater Boston on 2016-05-24 17:07:26 GMT

Did you know that Breakthrough not only prepares students to succeed academically but also helps our 10th-12th grade students gain work experience through summer internships? Listen to the words of encouragement Breakthrough teachers from our 2015 Summer Program in Dorchester have for their students:

Published Breakthrough Greater Boston on 2016-05-13 19:04:46 GMT

BTGB is currently hiring for four year-long service roles! Opportunities to work with students and teachers, volunteers, and on marketing and communications available! Check out these opportunities and help us spread the word:

Published Breakthrough Greater Boston on 2016-05-09 17:01:19 GMT

“When it comes to student success, what happens outside school is arguably just as important as what happens inside school.” - Tommy Chang, Superintendent of Boston Public Schools Yesterday, leaders from Boston gathered to kick off another year of combatting summer learning loss through the Boston Summer Learning Community. Breakthrough is proud to again be a part of this citywide initiative! Read more about this year’s kick off (and our community’s collective impact) here:

Published Breakthrough Greater Boston on 2016-05-06 21:04:08 GMT

At BTGB, we know that our Students Teaching Students model is the "secret sauce" in the success of our students and teachers. Read this recent feature on BTGB by the National Association of College Admission Counseling to see why!

Published Breakthrough Greater Boston on 2016-05-05 22:14:29 GMT

We are wishing a happy #nationalteacherappreciationday to all of the amazing Breakthrough teachers and Instructional Coaches who dedicate their lives to inspiring our students! In honor of #nationalteacherappreciationday, please take a minute to share the name of a Breakthrough teacher or Instructional Coach you appreciate below.

Published Breakthrough Greater Boston on 2016-05-03 19:42:09 GMT

#BigUps to Jenn Alton Photography for this beautiful blog post on our recent gala! We love working with Jenn. You can check out her work here:

Published Breakthrough Greater Boston on 2016-04-19 21:26:43 GMT

Last week, WBUR 90.9 FM's Learning Lab discussed the challenges of diversifying student enrollment in honors and AP courses at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. Breakthrough has been supporting low-income students and students of color in taking rigorous courses and pursuing their goals of college for over 20 years. This week, Breakthrough’s Executive Director Elissa Spelman wrote a guest column in the Cambridge Chronicle to share what we have learned over the past two decades.

Published Breakthrough Greater Boston on 2016-04-06 19:35:27 GMT

Did you hear? Breakthrough officially beat our fundraising goal and raised over $400,000 during last week's Breakthrough Gala! We are especially thankful to the 470 guests who joined us and showed their support for transformational teaching! It takes a village to put an event like this together, and we couldn't have done it without the hard work and generosity of so many of our community partners. We are so grateful for Earth2, Puritan & Company, Catalyst Restaurant, Deuxave, Barcelona Wine Bar South End, Tremont 647, Smoke Shop BBQ, Goose Eats Catering, Rosa Mexicana, Central Bistro Boston, La Fete Catering, Downeast Cider House, Samuel Adams, Gemini Audio Visual Inc, Capitol Photo Booths, Thorne Boston for the beautiful flowers, Peterson Party Center, our volunteers from Ernst & Young, and all of our students and teachers for the time and energy they put into making this event such a success! #teachingtransforms We look forward to seeing many of you next year for Breakthrough Greater Boston's 25th anniversary!

Published Breakthrough Greater Boston on 2016-04-05 18:46:55 GMT

Breakthrough senior Elmer shares how Breakthrough teachers have transformed his life! #teachingtransforms

Published Breakthrough Greater Boston on 2016-04-01 00:23:22 GMT

The 2016 Breakthrough Gala was an evening inspired by transformational teaching. Thanks to the support of the 470 community members in attendance, Breakthrough Greater Boston raised over $400,000 in contributions at the 8th Annual Breakthrough Gala!