Prospective Students & Families
Breakthrough New York empowers motivated students from low-income communities to access a college education and pursue the career of their choosing.
We are seeking motivated 6th grade students to apply to our free, ten-year college success program.
To learn more about our program, we encourage you to check out the video on the left, as well as our Program Overview (below).
Breakthrough New York is a free, 10-year program that supports students and their families on the student’s path to college graduation. Our team will provide consistent long-term support to support your student’s educational goals – in turn, we ask students and families to commit themselves to this journey as as well!
This overview of our 10-year college success program shows the timeline that admitted students and families commit to. Students begin their 10-year program the summer before 7th grade, and become BTNY Alumni after graduating from college!
The 10-year program is most intensive during the Middle School years, as we prepare students to get into competitive high schools – an important step on their path to college!
In High School, our support continues to ensure students are developing organizational and leadership skills, participating in meaningful summer experiences, and getting individualized support during the college application process.
Our students continue to receive support in College, working with a Coach to be successful in their academics, finances, wellness, and career preparation.
In order to apply to BTNY, students and their families must meet certain eligibility criteria. Our application will determine if students and their families meet the eligibility criteria listed below:
- Student is a 6th grader at a NYC public, charter, or parochial school
- Student comes from a low-income household
- Student has an 83% or more in ELA, Math, Science, or Social Studies in their first 6th Grade Report Card
- Student and at least one guardian will be fully vaccinated against covid-19 by April 9th, 2022 (to participate in final round interview in-person)
BTNY will offer weekly Zoom Information Sessions in English and Spanish for prospective 6th graders and their families. Applicants and their families are strongly encouraged to attend to learn about our program and admissions process from staff as well as current BTNY students and families. This is also a great space to ask questions about our program and admissions process!
Below you’ll find a calendar of our Fall 2021 Information Sessions (between October 2021-January 2022). Families must RSVP to attend an Information Session at tinyurl.com/btnyinfo.
Frequently Asked Questions
When are information sessions?
BTNY will offer weekly Information Sessions in English and Spanish for prospective 6th graders and their families. All Information Sessions will all take place online via Zoom.
Below you’ll find our remaining Information Sessions through January 2022. Families must RSVP to attend an Information Session at tinyurl.com/btnyinfo.
How do I nominate a student?
BTNY is seeking exceptional 6th grade students to apply to our 10-year college success program!
School administrators, guardians, and even prospective BTNY students themselves are invited to nominate current 6th grade students to apply to BTNY.
The nomination process is critical to our admissions outreach, as it helps us get directly in touch with a wide group of NYC students who may be eligible for our program.
Nominated students should meet our eligibility criteria, including:
- Current NYC 6th grader attending a public, charter, or parochial school
- 83% or above in all of their core 6th grade classes (ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies) in their first 6th grade report card
- Comes from a low-income household
Submit your 6th grade nominations for BTNY by January 7th, 2022 by using our Online Nomination Form.
How do I apply?
Students and families applying to BTNY should carefully review the Admissions Timeline below. You can also print out our Admissions Timeline here!
September-December 2021: Learn more about our program!
- Visit out our admissions website at btny.org/admissions
- RSVP for an Information Session to learn more about our program and admissions process (from BTNY staff, students, and families!)
- Explore our Admissions Video Library to learn more about our program
By January 14th, 2022: Submit Part 1 of the BTNY Application
- Part 1 of the BTNY Application is can be completed online here (accessible via smartphone or computer, in either English or Spanish)
- Part 1 asks for information around demographics, income, and academics to determine if the student meets our eligibility criteria
- Part 1 can be saved over time, so you can work on the application when it’s convenient for you
- Candidates will be notified via e-mail on January 21 if they are invited to Part 2
By February 25th, 2022: Submit Part 2 of the BTNY Application
- Part 2 of the BTNY Application is shared via e-mail as an individual link for your application
- Part 2 includes short answer questions (student and guardian), teacher recommendations, and providing proof of income
- Part 2 can be saved over time, so you can work on the application when it’s convenient for you
- Candidates will be notified via e-mail on March 18 if they are invited to a final interview (mid-late April)
Mid-late April 2022: Student and parent finalists participate in Interview Day
May 6th, 2022: Candidates receive final offer decisions (accepted students start their first summer program July 2022!)
Who do I contact for more information?
Languages Spoken: English
Civic Corps Member
Languages Spoken: English
Chief Program Officer
Languages Spoken: English & Spanish
Q: Where can I download more information about BTNY and the admissions process?
A: In addition to reviewing our website, you can download our Admissions Packet here in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Bengali, and Haitian Creole. We also encourage you to sign up for an Information Session to learn more about our program and admissions process.
Q: If I’m accepted to BTNY, do I have to attend all 10 years of programming?
A: Yes, students who enroll in BTNY commit to participating in our programs for 10 years – from middle school through college graduation.
Q: Is there a cost to participating in the BTNY program for 10 years?
A: BTNY’s 10-year program is completely free.
Q: Do students have to be vaccinated against covid-19 to participate in BTNY?
A: BTNY has decided to require vaccination for all students participating in our program starting in 2022. For prospective families, both the 6th grade applicant and at least one guardian will need to be vaccinated by April 9th, 2022 to participate in our final round interviews (if selected), which will take place in-person in April 2022. In your application, you will have the option to request a medical exemption (proof from a medical provider required), but no other exemptions will be made.
Q: Does BTNY provide transportation to their summer and after-school program?
A: BTNY students attend over 100 different schools across the city, so we do not provide busing to our programs. BTNY students are responsible for commuting to our after-school and summer programs, whether through public transportation, car pool, or parent transportation. We will provide free MetroCards during the summer and after-school program – if students don’t already have one from their school – so students can travel to program. When possible, we will connect BTNY students to others at their site to arrange joint commuting.
Q: If I’m accepted to BTNY, where do I attend the Middle School summer and after-school program?
A: BTNY students attend the Middle School program (summer and after-school) at one of the following 3 sites, based on their preference:
- Bronx: All Hallows High School (111 E 164th St, Bronx, NY 10452)
- Brooklyn: Liberty Avenue Middle School (350 Linwood Street, Brooklyn, NY 11208)
- Manhattan: The Town School (540 East 76th Street, New York, NY 10021)
Students must attend the same site for their summer and school year programming. In order to get to the after-school program on time, we recommend students apply to the site closest to their school.
Q: My student is not able to attend all of the programming dates. Are they still able to participate?
A: Students must be able to attend 100% of our programming once they are admitted. It is important that your family can support this commitment before you choose to apply.
Q: I don’t think BTNY is a good fit for me/my student after all. Are there similar programs in NYC?