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Welcome to Breakthrough Schools, the highest-rated network of public charter schools in Cleveland.

Our tuition-free, non-profit public charter schools are recognized nationally as the best charter schools in Cleveland. Our public charter schools have high expectations for everyone – children and adults – and believe in every student. Like all the best public charter schools, we do what’s best for our students, and make sure every child receives a high-quality education to prepare them for success in college and in life.


Our mission is to develop a growing network of distinctive school options that prepare Cleveland area students for success in life. Our schools have been recognized as the best performing schools in Cleveland, honored by local, state, and national organizations for excellence in teaching, leadership, and student achievement. We currently serve nearly 3,300 K-8 students across ten campuses.

What Makes Breakthrough Different?

What makes Breakthrough unique? We know that students thrive in different settings, and that teachers thrive in different settings. Because of this, our schools offer distinct educational approaches to our students, families, teachers, and community. Each of our schools is part of one of these exciting, proven, effective school models.






The five-year vision for our network of schools is to further Greater Cleveland’s transformation by providing distinctive school options for no fewer than 6,000 children in 19 schools. Our work, in partnership with CMSD and others, will help the city reach a tipping point towards providing a high-quality education for all.

This Is Working

Combining our shared principles with our unique educational models, we are able to deliver a portfolio of unique, effective educational options to our community. This nationally innovative approach is working.

2014 Student Performance, All Schools in Cleveland


2014 Student Performance, All Schools in Ohio


2014 Student Performance, Breakthrough Schools


All data publicly available as reported by the Ohio Department of Education, 2014


Our Values

We work hard every day to build a network-wide organizational culture that empowers all our people to thrive. Our collective values are our pillars:

As we strive for excellence…


We do what’s best for kids.

We help each other grow.

We embrace our diversity.

We tell the truth.

We stand together.

Breakthrough Schools is also very proud to be the first recipient of Charter School Growth Fund (CSGF) funding and support in Ohio. CSGF invests in high-quality urban charter networks committed to growing to serve more children. Read more about this prestigious investment on the CSGF website.

Latest News


My Hope Is That All Cleveland Kids Can Benefit From a Quality Education Like I Did

By Terrance Reynolds | May 14, 2016

LETTERS FROM ALUMNI SERIES, 2016 TERRANCE REYNOLDS, E PREP CLIFFS ALUMNI I am writing to tell you a little bit about where I am in life now thanks to the education I received at Breakthrough Schools. I was born and raised in Cleveland. Before going to Breakthrough, I attended several other primary schools but did…


New Campus coming to Cudell neighborhood coming soon!

By Breakthrough Schools | February 16, 2016

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The highly successful Breakthrough charter school partnership plans to open new versions of its Village Prep and E-Prep schools on the West Side over the next two years. The Cleveland school board gave initial approval last week for a new Village Prep to start in the fall at the old Willard school at…


Cleveland Browns owners pledge $10M donation to Breakthrough Schools!

By Breakthrough Schools | December 30, 2015

VIA CLEVELAND.COM CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam are giving $10 million to the Breakthrough charter schools to add more schools in the city. The donation is the largest in the history of the 11-school partnership that is widely considered to be the strongest charter school network in the state. It’s…

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