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Breakthrough Austin provides academic support to Manor ISD Students

This summer, more than 300 Manor ISD students were back in class, getting a head start on their 2014-2015 academic year. These students are part of Breakthrough Austin, a long-term, comprehensive program whose goal is to increase the number of Central Texas students who will become the first in their families to graduate from college.

These students attended Breakthrough’s five-week academic summer program, taking rigorous courses in science, math, English and social studies designed to equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in their Manor classrooms in the fall. The courses are taught by AmeriCorps members and inspiring college students from across the country. This program is made possible thanks to the support and partnership of Manor ISD, with district staff members serving as summer instructional coaches and co-site directors.

Now that summer has ended, Breakthrough students will participate in comprehensive, year-round after-school and Saturday programming with Breakthrough. The students also meet regularly with their Breakthrough academic case managers who check on their grades and make sure they are meeting important academic milestones on the path to college.

This summer marks Breakthrough Austin’s fourth year serving Manor ISD students, recruiting its inaugural class of 60 Manor students during the spring of 2011. The Breakthrough program in Manor has grown to include approximately 320 students in grades six through nine. 

In 2014, Breakthrough added a Ninth Grade Summer STEM Program for its oldest Manor students, offering exciting hands-on science activities and the opportunity for students to learn alongside engineers from Freescale Semiconductor.

This fall, Breakthrough will follow its oldest class to high school, offering after school programming at Manor New Tech High School and Manor High School, as well as enriching Saturday programs for these students. As Breakthrough’s first class of Manor students continues through high school, additional grade specific programs will be added to provide students with programs focused on writing, leadership, career opportunities, and college access. Manor students will also continue to receive guidance from Breakthrough case managers who will continue to provide academic support while ensuring every student reaches the milestones needed to graduate from high school, enroll in college and ultimately achieve their dream of being the first in their family to receive a college degree.

Breakthrough adds a new cohort of 100 Manor ISD sixth grade students each summer to its comprehensive program. By the time Breakthrough’s inaugural class of students graduates from high school in 2018, Breakthrough will be serving more than 600 students in the district.

To learn more about this partnership, please visit www.breakthroughaustin.org or contact Celia Irizarry at celia.irizarry@manorisd.net.
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