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Breakthrough Santa Fe

  • Breakthrough Santa Fe
  • 1101 Camino de Cruz Blanca
  • Santa Fe, NM 87507
  • (505) 927-4387
  • 2004
  • Marvin Nogueda
  • Student Support Coordinator
  • 505-204-4122

Program Description

The Breakthrough Collaborative was founded in 1978 as Summerbridge by San Francisco University High School. The program was designed to serve motivated yet under-supported middle school students from the public schools with the goal of ensuring that each student has the confidence and academic skills to thrive in rigorous high school programs and go on to college. With 28 sites around the country (and one in Hong Kong), the Breakthrough Collaborative serves thousands of middle-school students each year with ambitious, tuition-free programs.

Santa Fe Prep brought Breakthrough to Santa Fe as part of its "Local Ground" initiative, seeking to serve the broader Santa Fe community with what the School does best: provide an ambitious course of study in a warm, nurturing environment.

Since its founding in 2004, Breakthrough has served of 250 students and families. We work closely with the Santa Fe Public Schools to identify motivated 6th graders who will need our support to make it to college. These students then complete a rigorous application, and if they are selected, commit to sticking with Breakthrough for 6-years. So far, 92% of our graduates have gone on to college, and 86% of them were the first in their families to do so.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • More than 75%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 92%