Summer Institute provides a six-week, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, intensive program of four rigorous academic classes (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies) preparing students for the work of their next academic year. A variety of electives, each taught by and born of the special expertise and passion of our 105 Teaching Fellows, may include journalism, yoga, robotics, fashion design, video production, cooking and art. Every summer students participate in a Career Day visit to a local workplace, learning about career paths from leading professionals in the community.
Breakthrough Saturday School-year Program
Saturday School-year Program provides twice-monthly Saturdays of academic classes, electives, tutoring and life-skills workshops for 5th - 8th grade students. Sessions are led by high school and college students who volunteer to deliver the project-based learning curriculum.
College Bound programming provides 9th graders with a customized six-week Summer Institute program at the University of Miami and a Summer Senior College Application Boot-camp. School-year programming provides 9th through 12th-graders with twice-monthly sessions offering academic support in core classes, PSAT/SAT/ACT test-prep courses, and this year, an extensive series of developmental workshops designed to enhance students' study, time- and stress-management, social, planning, and speaking skills, all necessary for high school and college success. Topics include successfully resisting negative peer pressure, business etiquette, maximizing college life success through realistic preparation and expectations, potential college majors and career paths, resume writing, and other essential real-life skills development.
Breakthrough Miami STEM Academy, for middle school aged students, is located at the Frost Museum of Science. BTM STEM Academy is an intensive, hands-on program that concentrates on the growing fields of science and technology. Students in this program use engineering principles, work with Vex robotic kits, 3D printing, and learn forms of coding. The power of the STEM Academy is built on a students-teaching-students model that takes various forms of engineering from a theoretical level that allows students to put complex theories into practice involving hands on and real world activities.
Through these real world experiences, students experience a day in the life of engineers, chemists, scientists, geologists, etc. Additionally, they have the opportunity to meet professionals from these fields.These experiences allow them to imagine themselves to be that same professional in the room. Students have been featured in the Miami Herald and at the Miami Mini Maker Arts Fair where they put their robotic skills to the test through robotic competitions. These students have debated the science behind carbon emissions and global warning in conjunction with the COP21 Paris agreement, which was also featured in the Miami Herald.