Exceptional Student Education




Exceptional Student Education Guiding Principles

We believe all students deserve an exemplary education to achieve at the highest levels. We work hard to make sure that our schools are inclusive, anti-racist, brave spaces where exceptional learners can reach their full potential. We manifest this vision by adding and building capacity within our school communities to be able to:

  • Engage a whole-child approach, fostering students’ physical and socio-emotional well-being
  • Emphasize grade-level, content mastery for ALL students, including exceptional learners
  • Provide timely, data-driven, and empowering support rather than lowering expectations
  • Encourage scholars to understand their strengths and advocate for their learning differences
  • Inspire students to be lifelong learners by nurturing their unique backgrounds, strengths and abilities

Family Supports (led by our ESE Teachers, Deans of Culture, and social workers/counselors):

Wellness Checks

Intervention Specialist Check-Ins

Self-Directed Learning

Synchronous Supports

Virtual Call Center


We believe that a robust exceptional student education program directly aligns to our commitment to and celebration of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In service of this same commitment, we prioritize inclusion (within the classroom) for our support services. 

Within both our Citizens and Preps model, we provide the following student-focused and goal-driven support services:

  • English as a New Language (ENL) support
  • Counseling
  • Speech therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Hearing services
  • Nursing services

We also provide exceptional student education classroom structures: co-teaching, Extension Classrooms (full-time small group instruction), and intervention classes (part-time small group instruction).

Extension Classrooms and full-time small group instruction are provided at Citizens Academy Southeast and Village Prep Cliffs for elementary scholars and E Prep Woodland Hills and Citizens Leadership Academy for middle school scholars.


Our Response to Intervention (RTI) program

  1. Connects our support services to meaningful student achievement in the classroom
  2. Ensures a meaningful transition for any new students to the Breakthrough family
  3. Supplements our classroom curriculum with I-ready
  4. Supports all students to reach and exceed grade-level literacy and math proficiency
Exceptional Student Education | Breakthrough Public Schools

Meet ESE Leadership

Dr. Ami Rudd

Managing Director of Student Services

ESE at Breakthrough

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We work together, and are ready for anything that comes our way.

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