Welcome to Breakthrough

Welcome to Breakthrough Schools. We're a network of distinct, educator-led schools in Cleveland, Ohio. All of the schools in our network are tuition-free, non-profit, and committed to providing an outstanding educational experience to our scholars.

10 Years In The Making

Creative Filmmakers followed four of our students for 10 years. Get to know each of them in this short video.

Next Enrollment Information Session: Wednesday, March 1st, 5:30pm

Each school is holding an information session for families interested in enrolling. If you have any questions, call us M-F 9am - 5pm: (216) 367-5720

Our Results

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

As the latest round of results from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) shows, Breakthrough Schools collectively outperformed the eight largest school districts in the State by Performance Index (Published by ODE, September 2016).



The mission of Breakthrough Schools is to develop a growing network of distinctive school options that prepare Cleveland area students for success in life. Breakthrough has been recognized as the top-performing network performing schools in Cleveland, honored by local, state, and national organizations for excellence in teaching, leadership, and student achievement. 

What Makes Breakthrough Different?

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



Citizens Leadership



The five-year vision of Breakthrough 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."

Breakthrough Values

We work hard every day to support quality education in Cleveland.

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.

Latest News & Updates

Eden: “The Citizen Academy Way” — Why a Cleveland Charter Succeeds in a Failure Zone

By Terrance Reynolds | January 31, 2017

When Staci Pratt, a math instruction specialist, came to Citizens Academy in 2003, the one proficient math student had just transferred out. But after more than a decade of hard work by Pratt and her colleagues, CA now boasts an 88 percent proficiency rate, serves more than 400 students and has spun off two sister…

Vote For Issue 108

Support Issue 108 and High Quality Education in Cleveland

By Breakthrough Schools | October 2, 2016

As recently reported on Cleveland.com, we wanted to share about Issue 108 and why it’s important not only for Breakthrough Schools, but for quality public education in Cleveland. CLEVELAND.COM Here’s why it’s in every Cleveland citizen’s interest to vote “Yes” on Issue 108 to renew the Cleveland school-reform levy: *School reforms are working. Just a few years into…

Breakthrough Schools, Menlo Park Academy land $10M in state grants for West Side expansion

By Breakthrough Schools | August 22, 2016

Originally printed in Cleveland.com on August 19, 2016 CLEVELAND, Ohio – Menlo Park Academy and theBreakthrough charter schools will receive the largest grants from the state from a new $25 million fund to help charters rehabilitate or build schools. Menlo Park’s gifted program, now located in the West Park neighborhood of Cleveland, will receive $4.6 million for…

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