Breakthrough Manchester seeks a diverse group of sixth-grade students who are looking for educational opportunities that will help put them on the path to college.  We look for students who are demonstrating their academic potential in school, who are willing to make a three-year commitment and who commit to working with Breakthrough to jump-start their readiness for rigorous high school coursework on the path to college.  All Breakthrough students express a desire to earn a college degree and are supported by their family in this ambition.  Students are academically motivated, demonstrate potential for further academic success, and are committed to involvement with Breakthrough for their middle school years.  Because Breakthrough is not only a multi-year academic program, but also a close community of teachers and learners, entry into the program is limited to the sixth grade recruiting year.  The first Breakthrough summer occurs prior to seventh grade, followed by summers before eighth and ninth grade.

Breakthrough is an academically rigorous and amazingly fun program with teachers who are also students. I have learned things my friends won’t learn until later in school and I have used these tools to get good grades.  —Merlyne

Breakthrough gives you a chance to be yourself and express who you are as a person.  —Kiara

Breakthrough has proven positive outcomes for our students.  Independent and internal assessments show that our students make statistically significant improvements in their reading, writing, and math skills.  Additionally, a longitudinal study conducted by Stanford University revealed the positive effects Breakthrough has on students’ effort and involvement in school (increases in time spent on overall homework), and on their perception of school (increases in perceptions of teachers and classmates as supportive of learning, and decreases in school-related problems).  Finally, our students consistently self-report that they feel more prepared to be successful in school because of their involvement with Breakthrough.


To submit the application, email Chau Ngo a copy/scan of your application at or mail application to:

The Derryfield School

Attn: Breakthrough Manchester

2108 River Road

Manchester, NH 03104