We are Breakthrough. We are achievers, leaders, learners, and teachers. We are a diverse, safe, and close-knit community, dedicated to excellence in life-long learning. We work hard, take risks, and have fun.

What is Breakthrough Santa Fe?

Breakthrough: Students Teaching Students is a tuition-free program in which talented high school and college students teach middle school students with limited educational opportunities the academic, organizational and social skills they will need to succeed in competitive high schools.

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Summer Applications Are Now Available!


Calling all 6th Graders!  The Breakthrough Santa Fe summer application is now available for Summer 2014.  In order apply, complete all three parts of the application, and be sure that they are submitted by Wednesday, March 19th

2014 English Application
2014 Spanish Application

To submit, either give the application to your teacher or mail it right to us here at Breakthrough! 

Also, Breakthrough will be visiting your school during January to meet with interested students and their parents.  Ask your teacher and check back at the website for more information.

Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 | Permalink


Breakthrough Completes 9th Summer Program


This August, Breakthrough Santa Fe students, teachers and directors rounded out a wildly successful ninth summer program, housed at Santa Fe Preparatory School. Breakthrough’s mission is to support talented underserved youth in Santa Fe in thriving on the path to college and the rigorous yet fun six-week summer program is a key component. This summer, 18 high-school and college-aged teaching interns came from schools across the country, from Yale to Texas Tech to Pomona, as well as schools here in Santa Fe to dip their feet into the world of education and stand before their very own classrooms. They led Breakthrough’s 60 middle-school students in analyzing novels like Ender’s Game, understanding Singapore math, and engaging in creative electives such as, “Animal Bodies” and “Russian 101.” Students completed two to three hours of homework each night and made significant gains in the skills which will prepare them for rigorous high-school and college coursework.

In addition, Breakthrough’s high school students returned to Santa Fe Prep’s campus for the second summer of the innovative “College Bound” program. In College Bound, each high school grade returns for one or two weeks of community building, ACT prep, college campus visits, essay writing and more! With upwards of 70 Breakthrough students participating in College Bound each summer, this new component of the summer program has allowed Breakthrough to double its impact in the summer and allow older students to return for a booster-shot of intellectual stimulation, Breakthrough spirit, and to become excellent role models for younger students in the BTSF community.

We’d like to thank all of our teacher, families, students, volunteers and supporters for helping make Breakthrough summer 2012 one of the best ever!

Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 | Permalink


Breakthrough Goes To College!


This year, Breakthrough students and staff have been busy visiting colleges across the country. Our 11th grade students recently returned from a weekend trip to visit The University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado College, The University of Denver, and CSU-Pueblo. In addition, this winter, Directors Kristin and Talia participated in community-based organization visits to Colgate University (NY) and Kalamazoo College (MI).

Please join us in celebrating our newest students to head off to college: The Class of 2012. We will be celebrating their many accomplishments during the annual Breakthrough Graduation on Thursday, May 17th at 5:00pm in the Santa Fe Prep auditorium. All students, families, and friends of the program are invited to join us for this very special event! For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kristin Economo at 505.982.1829 ext. 1248.

Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | Permalink