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Welcome to the Breakthrough Twin Cities Student Application 2020-2021
APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 12, 2021

Breakthrough Twin Cities is forming its next class of sixth grade students and making a commitment to help these students get to college! Our goal is to identify young people who will benefit from and who will take full advantage of the opportunities that Breakthrough Twin Cities offers.

Breakthrough students demonstrate and work to improve their ability to live out our Breakthrough Codes for College Success.

  • Be Breakthrough: Demonstrates motivation to learn, work hard, and find their own, unique path to college
  • Strive to Understand: Appreciates differences in others and seeks to learn more about others’ points of view.
  • Relish Hard Work Together: Tries to work well with teachers, school counselors and family members.  We’re here as a team, so parent(s) and  guardian(s) also have to be committed to student’s success in the program
  • Be Grateful: Shows respect towards peers and adults and works to make Breakthrough a great place for everyone
  • Be Curious: Demonstrates excitement about learning and eagerness to explore their passions and interests
  • Live the Growth Mindset: Willing to accept feedback
  • Persist: Knows that getting to college takes a lot of work and is fully committed to the 6-year Program

In addition, Breakthrough Twin Cities students typically meet two or more of the following need-criteria:
  • First in their families to graduate from college
  • Eligible for free or reduced lunch
  • Speak a primary language at home other than English
  • Live in single-parent home
  • Identify as a race that is under-represented in college

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Breakthrough Twin Cities Student Application 2020-2021
APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 12, 2021


APPLICATION CHECKLIST
Thanks for your interest in applying to Breakthrough Twin Cities!  If you have any questions about applying to Breakthrough Twin Cities, please email learn@breakthroughtwincities.org. There are also Frequently Asked Questions and Answers at the bottom of this application.

In the following pages you will be asked to provide:

Student Statement
  • Personal Information
  • School Information
  • Short Answer Questions
  • Essay Question
  • Express Yourself! (Optional)
  • Statement of Understanding
Parent/Guardian Statement:
  • Parent/Guardian 1 Information
  • Parent/Guardian 2 Information
  • Family Information
Student and Family Expectations
  • Middle School – Summer Program
  • Middle School – School Year Program
  • High School Program
  • Family Involvement
  • Transportation
  • Statement of Understanding
Teacher Recommender Information
  • As part of your application to Breakthrough Twin Cities, you will need TWO recommendation forms from teachers, mentors, coaches, or other adults who are NOT a family member, and who can tell us a variety of things about you. 
  • You will provide their Name & Email and we will contact them directly
Student Information Release
  • This form will allow Breakthrough Twin Cities to access your child’s grades through their school report card.

IDENTITY AND DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION
Breakthrough Twin Cities collects demographic data for students in our program in order to be able to describe the communities we serve and better understand how we can improve our programming for participating families. We understand that ethnicity is a complex part of identity, involving such factors as nationality, cultural identities, faiths, language, and more. We use ethnicity data at the group level for reporting and analysis, and not on an individual level. We would never share a student’s ethnicity data outside of our program without your express permission as a family, and only for the purposes of sharing student success stories to gain support for the program.

It is helpful to us to collect this data, but we also respect the individual and family rights not to identify in this way. If you have any additional questions, please contact BTC staff at 651-748-5592 or at learn@breakthroughtwincities.org. 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What commitments will I have to make to Breakthrough Twin Cities?
If you are accepted to Breakthrough Twin Cities as a student, you are expected to participate actively in the program starting the summer before seventh grade through the end of your senior year in high school.

What is the Breakthrough Summer 2021 schedule?
The tentative Summer 2021 schedule (subject to change) is Monday through Friday, June 28 through August 6, 2021, with Celebration in the afternoon and evening of August 7.  There will be no Breakthrough on July 5th. Due to transportation scheduling, there may be some alterations to this schedule—if so, we will notify families as soon as possible.

Will Breakthrough Summer 2021 be online or in-person?
Breakthrough Twin Cities is currently considering an entirely virtual summer program, an in-person program, and a hybrid model. We will make a final decision by late February in accordance with Minnesota health and safety guidelines, and will notify families as soon as that decision is finalized. 

Is it OK to miss a few days of the program for vacation?
Daily attendance at Breakthrough Twin Cities is mandatory, except in cases of illness. With only 40 days of summer programming each year, students who are absent will fall behind quickly and miss valuable instruction. If your family is planning an extended vacation during the Breakthrough dates, you should talk to Breakthrough staff before applying to the program.

Where is Breakthrough Twin Cities?
Breakthrough Twin Cities has two sites in Saint Paul:
Mounds Park Academy: 2051 Larpenteur Ave E, St. Paul, MN 55109
St. Paul Central High School: 275 N Lexington Pkwy, St. Paul, MN 55105

Is transportation provided?
If you live in Saint Paul, buses will pick you up and drop you off at points near your homes. If you do not live in Saint Paul or change schools outside Saint Paul, families are responsible for arranging transportation to and from the program.

Are meals provided?
Yes. During the summer, we will provide breakfast, lunch, and a snack to all students. You may bring lunch if you desire.

How much does the program cost?
Nothing. Breakthrough Twin Cities is tuition-free for students. Due to support from Mounds Park Academy, the Saint Paul Public Schools and numerous supporters, students pay nothing to participate. We expect families and students to “pay” for the program through their commitment.

When do I find out if I am accepted?
All student applications are due by February 12, 2021. BTC takes approximately two months to review all applications. In late-March, we notify those students and families who we would like to accept, and invite them to a final in-person enrollment meeting. Unfortunately, because of a limited number of spaces, we cannot accept every student who applies.

What are the responsibilities of Breakthrough parents and guardians?
Parental support is very important for academic success and that holds true at Breakthrough Twin Cities. We will ask for your support in ensuring that your child attends the program every day and does his or her homework consistently. 

Breakthrough Twin Cities Student Application 2020-2021
APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 12, 2021


APPLICATION CHECKLIST
Thanks for your interest in applying to Breakthrough Twin Cities!  If you have any questions about applying to Breakthrough Twin Cities, please email learn@breakthroughtwincities.org. There are also Frequently Asked Questions and Answers at the bottom of this application.

In the following pages you will be asked to provide:

Student Statement
  • Personal Information
  • School Information
  • Short Answer Questions
  • Statement of Understanding
Parent/Guardian Statement:
  • Parent/Guardian 1 Information
  • Parent/Guardian 2 Information
  • Family Information
Student and Family Expectations
  • Middle School – Summer Program
  • Middle School – School Year Program
  • High School Program
  • Family Involvement
  • Transportation
  • Statement of Understanding

IDENTITY AND DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION
Breakthrough Twin Cities collects demographic data for students in our program in order to be able to describe the communities we serve and better understand how we can improve our programming for participating families. We understand that ethnicity is a complex part of identity, involving such factors as nationality, cultural identities, faiths, language, and more. We use ethnicity data at the group level for reporting and analysis, and not on an individual level. We would never share a student’s ethnicity data outside of our program without your express permission as a family, and only for the purposes of sharing student success stories to gain support for the program.

It is helpful to us to collect this data, but we also respect the individual and family rights not to identify in this way. If you have any additional questions, please contact BTC staff at 651-748-5592 or at learn@breakthroughtwincities.org. 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What commitments will I have to make to Breakthrough Twin Cities?
If you are accepted to Breakthrough Twin Cities as a student, you are expected to participate actively in the program starting the summer before seventh grade through the end of your senior year in high school.

What is the Breakthrough Summer 2021 schedule?
The tentative Summer 2021 schedule (subject to change) is Monday through Friday, June 28 through August 6, 2021, with Celebration in the afternoon and evening of August 7.  There will be no Breakthrough on July 5th. Due to transportation scheduling, there may be some alterations to this schedule—if so, we will notify families as soon as possible.

Will Breakthrough Summer 2021 be online or in-person?
Breakthrough Twin Cities is currently considering an entirely virtual summer program, an in-person program, and a hybrid model. We will make a final decision by late February in accordance with Minnesota health and safety guidelines, and will notify families as soon as that decision is finalized. 

Is it OK to miss a few days of the program for vacation?
Daily attendance at Breakthrough Twin Cities is mandatory, except in cases of illness. With only 40 days of summer programming each year, students who are absent will fall behind quickly and miss valuable instruction. If your family is planning an extended vacation during the Breakthrough dates, you should talk to Breakthrough staff before applying to the program.

Where is Breakthrough Twin Cities?
Programming takes place at:
Chaska High School: 545 Pioneer Trail, Chaska, MN 55318

Is transportation provided?
Partnering with Eastern Carver County, Breakthrough Twin Cities provides transportation to and from the program at Chaska High School during both the summer and school year to those students who are enrolled in an Eastern Carver County school. If your child switches out of an Eastern Carver County School after being enrolled in Breakthrough Twin Cities, you will be responsible for transportation to and from the program.

Are meals provided?
Yes. During the summer, we will provide breakfast, lunch, and a snack to all students. You may bring lunch if you desire.

How much does the program cost?
Nothing. Breakthrough Twin Cities is tuition-free for students. Due to support from Eastern Carver County Schools and the Cargill Foundation, students pay nothing to participate. We expect families and students to “pay” for the program through their commitment.

When do I find out if I am accepted?
All student applications are due by February 12, 2021. BTC takes approximately two months to review all applications. In late-March, we notify those students and families who we would like to accept, and invite them to a final in-person enrollment meeting. Unfortunately, because of a limited number of spaces, we cannot accept every student who applies.

What are the responsibilities of Breakthrough parents and guardians?
Parental support is very important for academic success and that holds true at Breakthrough Twin Cities. We will ask for your support in ensuring that your child attends the program every day and does his or her homework consistently. 

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Detailed Program Expectations

Breakthrough Twin Cities will provide academic support throughout each student's program experience so that they can be best prepared for college and beyond. Students and parents recognize that participating in Breakthrough Twin Cities is a six-year commitment with the goal of four-year college acceptance. The Breakthrough Twin Cities program expectations are outlined below.
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Middle School - Summer Program
During the summer before seventh grade, eighth grade, and ninth grade, students attend the six-week Breakthrough summer program from Monday - Friday. During this time, it is expected that students complete one and a half hours of homework per evening.
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Middle School - School Year Program
Schools will engage with Breakthrough staff and coaches once a month during their seventh and eighth grade school years. Engagement includes either a hosted Breakthrough workshop or phone calls made by coaches. It is expected that students attend any workshops prevalent to their growth as Breakthrough students. Students are also expected to enroll in at least one honors/advanced, pre-AP, or pre-IB courses during their seventh and eighth grade years. Students must also maintain a B-or better grade in each subject; dropping below a B- will result in mandatory individual support. Students are also expected to participate in at least one extra-curricular activity each year, aside from Breakthrough. School year program dates are still to be determined.


High School - College Bound Program
During the school year and summer, high school students are expected to attend Saturday Sessions and grade specific workshops. Breakthrough will also provide individual college counseling to support students in their college search and the application process. Students in high school are expected to enroll in at least one AP, IB, or honors courses per year, in addition to maintaining a B- or better grade in each subject. Dropping below a B- will result in mandatory individual support. Students are also expected to participate in at least one extra-curricular activity, create a detailed summer plan, and apply to at least one scholarship. Additional opportunities for students to be involved with Breakthrough, such as the Breakthrough Leaders Program (BLP), interns, tutors, and teachers will also be available throughout high school.


Family Involvement
Breakthrough Twin Cities is able to achieve its results because everyone involved sets and meets high expectations. Families play an important role in the program and help each student be successful. This includes supporting your student in their academic endeavors, in addition to participating in Breakthrough events throughout the year.
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TRANSPORTATION for Saint Paul Sites
Partnering with Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) Breakthrough Twin Cities provides transportation to and from the program at Mounds Park Academy and Central High School during both the summer and school year to those students who live within the Saint Paul Public School Boundaries. If you do not live within those districts or if your child leaves these boundaries after being enrolled in Breakthrough Twin Cities, you will be responsible for transportation to and from the program.
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Note: If you are not sure if you live within SPPS bounds, please contact Breakthrough at learn@breakthroughtwincities.org with your address and we can determine that.


Transportation for Eastern Carver County
Partnering with Eastern Carver County, Breakthrough Twin Cities provides transportation to and from the program at Chaska High School during both the summer and school year to those students who are enrolled in an Eastern Carver County school. If your child switches out of an Eastern Carver County School after being enrolled in Breakthrough Twin Cities, you will be responsible for transportation to and from the program.
PARENT STATEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING
I/We understand that Breakthrough Twin Cities requires the entire family to make a six-year commitment. My child must attend the middle school summer and school year program for two years, followed by participation in the high school program. I/We give permission for my/our sixth grader to apply and we will make sure they are an active participant throughout the program. 

Teacher Recommendations
As part of your application to Breakthrough Twin Cities, you will need TWO recommendation forms from teachers, mentors, coaches, or other adults who are NOT a family member, and who can tell us a variety of things about you. 

When you submit this application the Recommenders will automatically receive an email requesting that they complete the recommendation for this applicant.  However, you can feel free to check in with them in a few days to be sure they got it and are able to submit it in a timely manner!
Recommender #1



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