Breakthrough Miami

Calling upon the community-service ideals they learned as students at Ransom Everglades, two lifelong friends founded a program they hoped would inspire at-risk middle school students to recognize and reach their full potential. RE grads John Flickinger '74 and Doug Weiser '74, with direction from faculty member Joe Mauro, formed what was then known as Summerbridge Miami in 1992. 

Nearly 30 years later, that program – now known as Breakthrough Miami – serves more than 1,000 students from Miami-Dade County and calls Ransom Everglades School home, operating out of a rent-free office on the middle school campus. Breakthrough Miami provides an academic enrichment program that uses a student-teaching-students model to ensure that motivated, under-resourced fifth- through 12th-grade students have access to excellent educational opportunities, graduate from high school on time, and attend college. Many RE students, faculty members, parents and alumni continue to support Breakthrough Miami.

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  • Personal Story of Terron Ferguson, Class of 2004

    Graduate of Morehouse College, London School of Economics and New York University School of Law.

    Initially, I thought I exclusively owed my complete success at Ransom Everglades School to John Flickinger and the Breakthrough Miami (formerly Summerbridge) program, but now I realize that I also owe Ransom Everglades School.
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Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Middle School2045 South Bayshore DriveTel: 305-250-6850
Upper School3575 Main HighwayTel: 305-460-8800
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.