Our Mission

Closing the opportunity gap since 1991

The mission of Breakthrough Manchester is to launch promising Manchester middle school students, particularly those with limited opportunities, on the path to college while inspiring high school and college students to pursue careers in education.

We do this by:
• Recruiting and selectively admitting high-potential sixth graders with limited opportunities from Manchester middle schools for a tuition-free, three-year program hosted on The Derryfield School campus
• Providing three rigorous, joyful academic summers and school year supports to admitted students
• Recruiting, training, mentoring and inspiring college students, and some local high-achieving high school students, as excellent teachers
• Connecting ninth graders with the Breakthrough College-Bound program at Southern NH University to create a seamless pipeline of opportunity through high school and college entry
• Engaging a broad array of stakeholders in understanding, promoting, funding and championing both missions of Breakthrough

All Breakthrough programming, including transportation and meals, is provided tuition-free to students and families, and is funded by foundations, businesses, and individuals who believe in our mission.