New Student Applications for the Summer Session are made available on this site and in the guidance departments of the Norfolk public middle schools. To be eligible for admission, students must be residents of the City of Norfolk and must currently be enrolled in the 6th grade. If selected, students commit to three consecutive years in the program. 

Breakthrough is committed to accepting students from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds. We regret that more qualified students apply than there is space to admit.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How can I apply?
A. 6th-grade students in the Norfolk Public Schools can get an application from their school's guidance office, by downloading one from the Welcome page on our website, or by calling (757) 452-6834. The application deadline for the Summer 2015 is now March 6, 2015.

Q. Is there a cost to attend the program?
A. No. The program is made possible through the generous support of many friends, businesses, and foundations.

Q. When are applications due?
A. Due to snowy weather and missed school, we have extended the deadline for New Student Applications from its original date of March 2, 2015 to the new deadline of March 6, 2015. Applications must be postmarked, faxed, or dropped off at Norfolk Academy by March 6. 

Q. When will admissions decisions be made?
Admissions letters will be mailed by April 16, 2015. Please contact our office if you have not received your letter by April 22, 2015.

Q. Who are the teachers?
A. The teachers are talented high school and college students, from both the Hampton Roads area and across the country. Teachers apply online through Breakthrough Collaborative. Teaching at Breakthrough has been ranked as a Princeton Review Top 10 Internship for college students.

Q. Are transportation and meals provided?
A. Yes. Norfolk Academy provides busing to and from the program. The recipient of a federal grant for summer meals, Breakthrough is able to offer breakfast and lunch to its students, each day of the Summer Session, at no cost.

Q. Do the students take field trips?
A. Yes. Students take educational field trips to locations including area colleges and universities, the Virginia Marine Science Museum, and the Chrysler Museum of Art.

Q. Whom can I contact for more information?
A. Ari Zito, Director

Norfolk Academy
1585 Wesleyan Drive
Norfolk , VA 23502
Tel./Fax : (757) 452-6834