Apply to be a Scholar

Breakthrough Scholars are a dynamic cadre of motivated students selected from across Miami who are supported through an unparalleled eight-year academic and social enrichment program. The journey includes six-week Summer Institutes (grades 5-9) and Saturday programming during the school years.

Why Become A Breakthrough Scholar?

  • Get a head-start on the school year
  • Join a group of kids as motivated as you are
  • Come to a place where it’s cool to be smart
  • Meet high school and college age role models
  • Reach for your wildest dreams
  • Be an inspiration to your community

Step 1

Click below to complete the STUDENT INTEREST FORM and receive admissions information throughout the recruitment season.

Step 2

Apply To Be A Scholar

Selection Timeline for Summer 2021:

Rolling Decision Admission Letters: April 16, April 30 and May 14, 2021

Summer Information Sessions:

To be directed to a zoom link click on your preferred date below.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021: 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021: 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021: 6:00 p.m.

Summer Institute 2021 Details

Dates: June 14, 2021 – July 23, 2021
Time: 9:00 – 4:20
Closed: Friday, July 5, 2021



  • Academically Motivated with a mostly B’s and above
  • At or above grade level in Math and Reading (FSAs or other standardized tests)
  • Enrolled in 4th or 5th Grade in  Public, Charter, Private, or Home School
  • Can attend both school year and summer programming


  • Qualify for free or reduced lunch
  • Live in a single parent household
  • English is not the primary language spoken in the home
  • Will be 1st generation in the family to attend four-year college
  • Racial or ethnic minority

Frequently Asked Questions


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What commitments will I have to make to Breakthrough Miami?

Breakthrough Miami is a tuition-free, academic enrichment program consisting of a six week Summer Institute and a comprehensive school-year program, taking place over 14 Saturdays. Students enter the program the summer before 5th grade and complete the program upon high school graduation and college entry.

What are the responsibilities of Breakthrough parents and guardians?

Family support is very important for academic success and that holds true at Breakthrough Miami. We will ask for your support in ensuring that your child attends the program every day, does his or her homework consistently, and attends events and individual academic advising meetings that parents/ guardians must attend annually. Details are available once the Scholar is enrolled, and throughout their time as a Breakthrough Miami Scholar.

What is the Breakthrough Miami summer schedule?

During the summer, Breakthrough Miami takes place over six weeks (mid-June to early August), Monday through Friday, from approximately 9:00 a.m. - 4:20 p.m.

How much does the program cost?

Nothing. Breakthrough Miami is tuition-free for Scholars. Due to support from numerous foundations and individual supporters, our Scholars pay nothing to participate. We expect families and Scholars to “pay” for the program through their commitment to attend all Breakthrough Saturdays and six-week summer program.

Is it okay to miss a few days of the program for vacation?

Attendance is a vital component of the Breakthrough Miami mission. You may not miss more than 3 days during the summer institute, and failure to attend at least 11 sessions can potentially result in dismissal from the Breakthrough Miami program. Our Scholars stand to benefit most when they attend the program on a consistent basis and actively participate. We have committed ourselves to providing our Scholars with a high quality school-year program at no cost to families. As part of your commitment to Breakthrough Miami, you are required to sign an attendance and progress report contract.

Where is Breakthrough Miami? Breakthrough Miami has six program sites: Miami Country Day School, Ransom Everglades School, Gulliver Schools, Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, Palmer Trinity School and College Bound at the University Miami.  Students do NOT need to attend one of the host schools to apply.

Which site will I go to if I am accepted? Site assignment is determined by a student's current school.  All students apply through the Breakthrough Miami website.  The online application will assign a Breakthrough Miami campus for each student school's zip code.

Is transportation provided? Yes, all Scholars are provided with FREE transportation at a Breakthrough Miami bus stop.  In some cases, the bus stop will be at the Scholars' home school.  We strongly encourage carpooling and parent collaboration.

Are meals provided? Yes. During the summer, Breakthrough Miami provides breakfast, lunch, and snack to all Scholars.  During the School Year, lunch is provided to all Scholars.  You may bring lunch if you desire.

Is Breakthrough Miami a regular school? No, Breakthrough Miami is an enrichment program, which means that it only takes place during the summer and on Saturdays during the school year, taking place outside of regular school hours. Scholars will attend Breakthrough programming in addition to their regular school. Breakthrough is not an alternative to year-round school.

How do I apply? One must fill out an online application found on the website. Everything can be submitted via the online application.  Breakthrough Miami staff will notify a student of their final site upon acceptance.

When do I find out if I am accepted?

Mid-February for Early Action and mid-April for Regular Decision. Student applications are typically due early December for Early Action and mid-March for Regular Decision. Breakthrough staff takes approximately one month to review all applications. Breakthrough staff will notify applicants of an in-person interview and whether they are accepted in the program for the next eight years.  Unfortunately, because of a limited number of spaces, we cannot accept every student who applies.  

Breakthrough Miami Site Locations

Please note: Applications for Breakthrough Miami, Ransom Everglades School and Breakthrough Miami, Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart should be submitted to Breakthrough Miami, Ransom Everglades School.

For more information regarding our program, please call the Central Office at: (305) 646-7210  or email

Breakthrough Miami

3250 SW 3rd Avenue, Miami, FL 33129