What is a "breakout"? A breakout is when your counselors take time to present pertinent information to you based on your grade level and what you need to know to be successful. Breakouts often take place in the Media Center during your English class once a quarter. During a breakout, there will be a short presentation followed by an opportunity to meet with your counselor. Your counselor will meet with you to give you a copy of your PTG and go over your graduation requirements with you.