The Breakthrough Admissions Committee selects students who are bright and inquisitive, and a class that is economically, ethnically, racially, and religiously diverse. Special consideration is given to those applicants with limited economic means. While Breakthrough students come from different backgrounds, they are all avid learners. They apply themselves to challenges, respond with openness to new ideas and experiences, and see the teaching staff and other students as new friends and co-learners.
Students interested in Breakthrough at Norfolk Academy must participate in an application process, which includes essays, teacher recommendations, and a personal interview. When students enroll the summer before their seventh-grade year, they make a three-year commitment. Students and graduates of the program are enrolled in honors and advanced placement courses at local public schools, local independent schools, and out-of-state boarding schools. The vast majority of Breakthrough graduates go on to attend a four-year college or university.
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.