Breakthrough teachers are accomplished high school and college students from the Hampton Roads area and around the country.

The application for Summer 2018 will go live later this fall. In the meantime, you may sign up to receive application updates through Breakthrough Collaborative, our national affiliation. We review applications and make decisions on candidates here at our Breakthrough site in Norfolk. The Early Action and Regular Decision deadlines, in January and February, respectively, will be announced this fall. Serious candidates are encouraged to apply Early Action for the best chance of being selected. 

Why teach at Breakthrough?


The People: Talented and devoted to their students, Breakthrough faculty form close and lasting connections with their students and with each other.

The School: All Breakthrough teachers enjoy use of Norfolk Academy's facilities and resources. Each teacher has his or her own classroom for the duration of the Summer Session, as well as access to a range of educational tools and media. Out-of-town teachers stay in dormitory housing next-door to Norfolk Academy at Virginia Wesleyan College. 

The Support: Breakthrough teachers begin the Summer Session with a seven-day training period. Throughout the summer, each Breakthrough teacher works with a veteran school-year teacher who provides resources, support, and feedback. Professional development sessions are offered weekly to promote continued growth.

The Location: Norfolk Academy is located within a fifteen-minute drive from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and Downtown Norfolk, a forty-minute drive from Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg, and an hour-and-a-half drive from North Carolina's Outer Banks.
"The program has given me new insight on what education is really about, and what impact I can have on the world." - Corey R., Summers '11 & '14

"Every facet of this program is exceptional. It is truly a privilege to be part of the BTNA family." - Spencer B., Summer '15

"I have learned that I have a passion for education that is so strong, I may have to change my career path because of it." - Nadiah C., Summer '17

"The summer has made me more confident in my abilities and allowed me to prove to myself that I am capable of running a classroom and having a positive impact on students." -Julia I., Summer '17

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The faculty were positive, kind, and truly passionate about education. It was inspiring to be with them and to share ideas over the summer." -Noa G., Summer '17