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We're on a mission.

In our city, thousands of kids don’t have access to a great, free school - yet. Since 2009, our small and growing group of dedicated educators and business leaders, with a tremendous amount of community support, have been working day in and day out to change that.

A lot has happened since then. We have partnered up with our local city school district, gained some major national support, and most importantly have grown into a thriving network of 11 schools serving 3,300 students in grades K-8. Our 12th school, Citizens Leadership Academy Southeast, will open in the fall of 2019. We’re on our way to serving 5,000+ students across Cleveland.

With distinct educational approaches and campuses throughout the city, we offer educators a unique opportunity to grow and thrive.  We’re looking for missioned aligned team members who believe that every child in Cleveland deserves an outstanding education.

K-8 Students
Schools In Cleveland
Outstanding Educators

We embrace diversity and the power of inclusion.

We believe that a diverse, inclusive learning environment fosters success in educational achievement and performance outcomes, drives innovative thinking, enhances our service to stakeholders, and fosters a workplace where all employees, students and families are respected and valued. We are committed to pursuing the goal of a culturally competent workforce that is reflective of and/or sensitive to the communities we serve.


 Walking The Talk: Ms. Hemphill

When it comes to walking the talk, Ms. Hemphill is a true testament to what it means to be mission fit and encompassing the “whatever it takes” mindset.  Going into her 5th year teaching at The Preps, Ms. Hemphill has significantly moved the needle with scholar growth and achievement. In that, pushing scholars on a daily basis through a robust guide in character development and community leadership.

In addition to teaching, Ms. Hemphill owns the leadership role of 5th Grade Team Lead, where she pushes her peers to be their best, day in and day out. We are grateful for Ms. Hemphill and her commitment to our kids and the mission we serve.


What makes Breakthrough unique?

We believe students thrive in different settings, and so do adults. Breakthrough's schools offer distinct educational approaches. Our schools are organized into two K-8 continuums: Our Citizens Schools, and our Preparatory Schools. For Elementary Educators, we offer our Citizens K-5 model, and our Village Prep K-4 model. For Middle School Educators, we offer our Citizens Leadership 6-8 model, and our E Prep 5-8 model. Explore the video content below to get a sense of our schools.

Citizens Scholars

Preps Scholars


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