Students & Families
Who Are Our Students?
Breakthrough Birmingham recruits middle-school students from all 17 Birmingham City schools middle and K-8 schools, with 100% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, and many are the first generation in their families to go to college. Breakthrough students come from as far east as Huffman and Roebuck and as far west as Pratt City and Wylam. They live in Birmingham neighborhoods including Woodlawn, Ensley, North Birmingham, Gate City, and some travel over an hour by bus to participate in our summer learning program. Our community of scholars includes students who qualify for free or reduced lunch, will be the first in their families to graduate from college, and who exhibit Breakthrough’s pillars of success, including persistence, curiosity, and a strong work ethic.
How Do We Select Our Scholars?
Breakthrough Birmingham’s program is advertised directly to students and their families with added assistance from returning students and their powerful word of mouth promotions to new families. We collaborate with district officials and principals as well as teachers, counselors, and parents to host recruitment sessions and outreach. Breakthrough’s student selection committee chooses participants through a rigorous application process; including a lengthy application for students, recommendations from math and English teachers, report cards, and student writing samples. Students and families also participate in interviews.