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Our scholars are highly motivated middle school students who are curious about the world around them. Every summer, they spend six intensive weeks with us where they polish up their academic and social skills. They walk into the school year ahead of the curve and with new friends from their Breakthrough family. They maintain their excellence throughout the year by participating in our Fall and Spring programs. Our scholars go on to attend college at a rate of 64% — a full ten points higher than the Birmingham City School average. 

We run year round programming — summer, fall, and spring sessions. Click below to find out more.

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Every year, undergraduate students from around the US make a commitment to bring joy and excellence into their classrooms. Those relationships continue long after their time with us. Our families trust that our teaching fellows will follow through on the promise to expose their children to new experiences and skills to help them become their best selves. Our fellows not only leave our program ready to take on the professional world but are more developed as advocates and leaders.

Undergraduate college students, apply now to become a part of Breakthrough Birmingham.

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Thrive Teachers Program is a 1-on-1 long-term coaching program that will provide first and second year teachers supportive, respectful, and psychologically safe mentorship, reducing burnout, resulting in fewer teachers leaving the profession.

We run a 10 month paid fellowship led by veteran teachers. Click below to find out more.

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