Welcome to Breakthrough Schools, the highest-rated network of free, non-profit, public charter schools in Cleveland, Ohio. Our public charter schools are recognized nationally as the best charter schools in Cleveland for our innovative educational models & proven results. Our public charter schools have high expectations for everyone – children and adults – and believe in every student. Like all the best public charter schools, we put children's needs first, and make sure every child receives a high-quality, college preparatory education.
Our mission is to provide sustainable, high-quality public schools throughout Cleveland, ensuring all students have access to a public, free, outstanding college preparatory education. Our schools have been recognized as the best performing schools in Cleveland, honored by local, state, and national organizations for excellence in teaching, leadership, and student achievement. We currently serve more than 2,000 K-8 students across seven campuses:
- The Intergenerational School
- Near West Intergenerational School
- E Prep & Village Prep Schools, Cliffs Campus
- E Prep & Village Prep Schools, Woodland Hills Campus
- Citizens Academy
- Citizens Academy East
- Citizens Leadership Academy
What makes Breakthrough unique? We know that students thrive in different settings, and that teachers thrive in different settings. Because of this, our schools offer distinct educational models to our students, families, teachers, and community. Each of our schools is part of one of these exciting, proven, effective school models. Click here to learn more about our unique approach to education and offering real choices to our community.
While educationally unique, all our schools are built on our shared Breakthrough principles:
- We always put children’s needs first, in every decision we make
- We hold everyone to high expectations, from our kindergartners to our board chair
- We share a never give up attitude, no matter what it takes
- We believe in our students, and know that every child can learn and excel
Combining our shared principles with our unique educational models, we are able to deliver a portfolio of unique, effective educational options to our community, especially our students. This nationally innovative approach is working:
In 2012, our students -- more than 97% minority and approximately 85% low-income -- significantly outperformed Ohio public school students (urban and suburban) on average on every single test at every single grade level. Congratulations to our wonderful teachers, leaders, and especially our students and families on another amazing year. Click here to read more about our results.
Breakthrough Schools is also very proud to be the first recipient of Charter School Growth Fund (CSGF) funding and support in Ohio. CSGF invests in high-quality urban charter networks committed to growing to serve more children. Read more about this prestigious investment on the CSGF website.