Your Success is What Drives Us

At Breakthrough, we know that learning is not one size fits all. Finding the study method that suits you is the best way to ensure improvement in your scores and overall academic achievement. When learning becomes fun, motivation grows, and good results are sure to follow.

This attitude is what makes us successful. For over thirty years, our curriculum has helped hundreds of students get accepted to their dream universities. We provide world-class guidance that can help your teen achieve their goals.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Allen Grabo

Program Director, Verbal Instructor

Allen joined Breakthrough as a tutor with a strong interdisciplinary academic background and a passion for education. A National Merit Finalist thanks to an aptitude for the PSAT, he was then offered a full academic scholarship to Michigan State University where he spent 4 years studying the humanities (English, Psychology, and Philosophy) and volunteering as a tutor for gifted high school students throughout. After graduation he worked independently as an English-language tutor in Spain for several years, and more recently as a lecturer and supervisor while completing both his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Social Psychology at the VU University in Amsterdam.


Harriet Broder

Verbal Instructor

Harriet is well known in the Washington DC area for significantly boosting students test scores. Ultimately, students are provided with the best opportunity to get into the college of their choice. Recipient of Area’s #1 Test Prep Tutorial Program. With over four decades of experience, Harriet has taught all levels of students from the Ivy League bound former President's daughter to the struggling student with weak critical reading skills. She has served also as the developer of the curriculum and materials used in Breakthrough's Test Prep programs for over 25 years.

To learn more about Harriet's history and how she began developing the core methods that have continued to prove effective throughout countless changes, have a look at this interview first published in the Washington Times.

Charles Upton

Math Instructor

Charles has been involved with standardized test preparation for over fifteen years, experience that enables him to craft individualized study programs that work. His attitude, creativity, and intelligence - along with his ability to create rapport with a wide variety of students - has proven successful at ensuring that they meet those goals and challenges.



Meeting the Needs of Every Student

With years of experience and knowledge, Breakthrough gives students the tools they need to achieve their academic dreams. We help students realize their full potential and develop the confidence to excel in any situation.

For over 30 years we've had the same goals: 

  • Determine as efficiently as possible which test is right for your teen through our proprietary assessments

  • Provide targeted one-on-one programs that teach them  efficient reading skills and other breakthrough strategies and techniques to maximize their scores

  • Ensure that our students have the same chance to gain access to top-tier school that our alumni have gone on to attend for nearly three decades. 


Locally owned and operated

Our Competitive Advantage

Math Homework

Trusted Teaching Methods

We Put our Students First

Good Grades

Demonstrated Results

Rigorous Study -> Real Results.