Apply to be a Scholar

Thank you for your interest in Breakthrough Miami. Our Scholar application is now closed. We are working diligently to process and review applicant submissions. All applicants will be notified no later than April 19 with a Round 1 Admissions determination. Final admissions decisions will be made by May 3.

Admissions Timeline

April 5: Application Closes

April 5-17: Application Process and Review

April 19: Round 1 Admissions Letters

April 19-26: Student Interviews

May 3: Final Admissions Decision Letter

The application is open to all eligible 4th grade students. The application process will consist of three parts:

Part 1: Online Application Student Section

  • Student Information
  • Student Application Questions

Parent/ Guardian Section

  • Parent/Guardian Information
  • Student Information
  • Parent/ Guardian Short Answers

Part 2: Supplemental Documents

  • Photograph of student
  • Math Teacher Recommendation (will be emailed directly to the Math Teacher from the online application)
  • Reading/ Language Arts Teacher Recommendation (will be emailed directly to the Reading/ Language Arts Teacher from the online application)
  • Most recent FSA/ Standardized Test Scores

How To Access M-DCPS Test Scores (Video)

  • Student Transcripts for current and previous year

How To Access M-DCPS Transcripts (Video)

Part 3: In-person interview & essay writing  (please note: not all students will make it to this part) After Part 2, the submitted material will be reviewed and evaluated and a decision will be made as to whether or not the applicant will advance to Part 3. Our admission process is holistic, which means that all parts of an application will be considered before making a final decision. Breakthrough Miami suggests reviewing Preparing for the Online Application resource before you start the online application.

Application Timeline

November 9thApplication opens

March 22: Application deadline

March 22 – April 5: Applications reviewed

April 5 – April 19: Students are notified and finalists are invited to

April 19 – April 26: Students will receive final decision letters

Student Eligibility Criteria

  1. Academically Motivated with a minimum B average GPA and at or above grade level standardized test scores.
  2. Meet 2 of the following 5 need factors:
  • Qualify for free or reduced lunch
  • Live in a single parent household
  • English is not the primary language spoken in the home
  • Will be1st generation in the family to attend four-year college
  • Racial or ethnic minority

Frequently Asked Questions

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-April. Student applications are typically due in early March each year. Breakthrough staff takes approximately one month to review all applications. In mid-March, we notify students of an in-person interview. Breakthrough staff reviews interviewed applicants and notifies students 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, Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart.

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