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Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano

  • Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano
  • 31641 La Novia San Juan Capistrano
  • San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
  • 949-661-0108
  • 2007
  • Alex Serna
  • Assistant Director of Breakthrough

Program Description

Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano is a tuition-free program providing academic enrichment, college counseling and leaderships opportunities and support for over 160 highly motivated, underserved middle and high school students so that they can realize their potential to excel in high school and graduate from college. Nearly all Breakthrough SJC students are from low-income backgrounds and will be the first in their families to go to college.

Success Stories

Laura, a Breakthrough student since 7th grade, realized the importance of having a strong support system to get to college. Now a freshman at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she reflects that, "without Breakthrough I would not be the person I am today as well as at the university I am attending. Although I always knew I wanted to go to college, it was a vague goal I set without really knowing what it truly entailed. I never realized how much work really went into it." Not only has Laura seen the impact of Breakthrough's counseling, her involvement over the course of six years has impacted her as a person and role model, "Through the six years I have been a part of the program I have seen myself become a more well-rounded person and someone that my brothers can look up to." She hopes to someday become a physician and return to the community to practice medicine.

Best Practices Library

1) Volunteer-Mentorship program for juniors and seniors supporting them through the college application process. 2) 6-year cohort-based program model

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 2%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 2%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 94%
  • Other: 2%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 100
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students
  • Undocumented Students (10)


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • California State University-Fullerton (4)
  • California State University-San Marcos (3)
  • Pitzer College (2)
  • San Francisco State University (2)
  • St Olaf College (3)

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 88%