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Welcome to Breakthrough Schools, the highest-rated network of public charter schools in Cleveland.

Our tuition-free, non-profit public charter schools are recognized nationally as the best charter schools in Cleveland. 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 do what’s best for our students, and make sure every child receives a high-quality education to prepare them for success in college and in life.

Governor visiting Breakthrough Schools
Near West Intergenerational School, one of our highly ranked free public charter schools in Cleveland, Ohio

Our mission is to develop a growing network of distinctive school options that prepare Cleveland area students for success in life. 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 nearly 3,000 K-8 students across eight campuses.

What Makes Breakthrough Different?

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 approaches to our students, families, teachers, and community. Each of our schools is part of one of these exciting, proven, effective school models.

Meet Our Citizens Schools | Breakthrough Schools
Meet Our Preparatory Schools | Breakthrough Schools
Meet Our Intergenerational Schools | Breakthrough Schools
Meet our Expeditionary Schools | Breakthrough Schools

The five-year vision for our network of schools is to further Greater Cleveland’s transformation by providing distinctive school options for no fewer than 6,000 children in 19 schools. Our work, in partnership with CMSD and others, will help the city reach a tipping point towards providing a high-quality education for all.


Combining our shared principles with our unique educational models, we are able to deliver a portfolio of unique, effective educational options to our community. This nationally innovative approach is working.

2014 Student Performance, All Schools in Cleveland


2014 Student Performance, All Schools in Ohio


2014 Student Performance, Breakthrough Schools


All data publicly available as reported by the Ohio Department of Education, 2014

Our Values

We work hard every day to build a network-wide organizational culture that empowers all our people to thrive. Our collective values are our pillars:

As we strive for excellence…

We do what’s best for kids.

We help each other grow.

We embrace our diversity.

We tell the truth.

We stand together.

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.


So, What’s Next?

We’re glad you’ve made it this far, and want to help you find what you need. And, you can always call us with any questions at all: (216) 456-2086.