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, April 5th, 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

CLA 6th Graders Displayed Their Graphic Novels At An “Inventors’ Fair”

By Terrance Reynolds | March 15, 2017

CLA sixth graders displayed their graphic novels at an “inventors’ fair” and staff, families, and seventh- and eighth-grade students enjoyed learning from them! Next they’ll share their work at Citizens Academy and E Prep & Village Prep Cliffs Campus.

We Can Code IT: Interest Night

By Terrance Reynolds | March 15, 2017

WE CAN CODE IT Interest On Thursday, March 16th, we are working collaboratively with We Can Code IT to host our second interest night for families who want to explore a future career in coding. What: We Can Code IT is a coding academy that helps people learn how to code and get lucrative jobs…

June Network-Wide Information Session for Parents & Families

By Terrance Reynolds | March 11, 2017

Visiting a school in person is the best way to decide if it is right for you and your family — that’s why we have our information sessions! The first Wednesday of every month, you can come see any of our elementary or middle schools in person. Starts at 5:30 sharp! See you there!

So, What’s Next?

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