Breakthrough SF

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Breakthrough supports San Francisco students on the path to college and trains outstanding college students for education careers. In the 2017-18 school year and ensuing summer, Breakthrough will work with 244 hard-working students in grades 5 – 12; 32 college students exploring the challenges and rewards of a teaching career; and 150 volunteers ranging from adults to eighth graders at SF Day.

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Breakthrough has been a community involvement initiative of San Francisco Day School since 1993, when a steering committee comprised of parents, administrators, and trustees explored options for broadening the school's impact. SF Day Summerbridge launched that year under Founding Director Al Gonzales and then Head of School Jim Telander. The school has preserved and deepened its commitment in the two decades since; Sally Rosenblatt and Barbara Scavullo, founding families at SF Day and two of the steering committee members, remain involved today. 

Breakthrough & SF Day

Breakthrough is closely aligned with the SF Day's mission and values. The SF Day community supports the program in a number of ways, providing intellectual capital, financial contributions, and in-kind support. Roughly two dozen eighth graders also volunteer each year as tutors in Breakthrough’s after-school program – a unique and very meaningful service learning opportunity; some even return after graduation to volunteer in Breakthrough’s school-year and summer programs.

8th Grade Tutoring at BT - Fall 2018

SF Day students who will be eighth graders in 2018-19 are invited to tutor in Breakthrough's after-school program in fall 2018, working directly with one or more of our hard-working fifth and sixth-grade students.

The commitment is one afternoon per week, either Monday or Wednesday, from 3:30-4:40 p.m., from the week of October 8 through the week of December 3. All tutors must commit for the entire semester, including a training session the evening of October 3, a one-on-one mid-semester check-in, and weekly follow-up work.

The fall 2018 application is available now and is due no later than Friday, September 14. Because the admissions process is selective, completing a strong application is essential. Mr. Duryee-Browner, Breakthrough's Director of Curriculum and Instruction, will present to all eighth graders about the tutoring opportunity the week of September 3. Questions can be directed to him at or (415) 568-3662, or by stopping by the Breakthrough office (near the Lower School Music Room).

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