Our Vision

"We nurture the collective joy of learning and individual spirit within each child"

- Mr. Stephen Rubenacker

Our vision is to be the top independent private school providing students in Early Learning through 8th grade with a rigorous and compelling academic program that focuses on character, confidence, knowledge and innovation through a robust set of programs emphasizing a strong foundation in reading, writing and math as well as STEAM, foreign languages, public speaking, environmental science, and US and global citizenship. Our students will be high-achieving, critical and creative thinkers who are happy and well-balanced with a life-long love of learning.

Our School

Toddlers (two year old) through Eighth Grade

A coeducational, non-denominational, college-preparatory school

220 students

A student-teacher ratio of 8:1

Located in picturesque West Islip, Long Island NY


Class Size

Average class size is 14

Academic Curriculum

TBA’s program of academics is a challenging, interdisciplinary approach to learning. These subjects are taught at all grade levels:

Language Arts . Spanish . French . Mandarin . Character Education

Social Studies . Visual Arts . STEAM/Technology

Math . Music .Science . Theatre . Public Speaking


Subjects such as writing, Engineering and Design, public speaking, and Wellness are added to the curriculum as the students progress through the grades.

In addition, all students participate in our character education programs – a variety of character-building programs and events such as Character Counts, community service projects, Town Meetings and the Buddy Program, that teach ethical values and develop each student’s sense of self​.

The Bridges

Academy Campus

Many classrooms are sized between eight hundred to over one thousand square feet


MakerSpace is a hands-on learning space that encourages “real world” exploration and project-based learning activities similar to those found in the workplace

A full-size gym and performing arts stage

A greenhouse and outdoor lunch area for the older students when weather permits

School fields utilized for after school clubs, recess and outdoor learning when weather permits

2 Outdoor Playgrounds and 1 Indoor playground


Nursery Options:

Monday - Friday (5-day) 9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Pre-K Options:

Monday - Friday (5-day) 9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m

Enrichment Program

Monday - Friday (5-day) 12:00 p.m - 3 p.m.


Kindergarten – Eighth Grade:

The school day runs from 8 a.m.-2:50 p.m.

Extended Care Program:

Pre-K Before Care: 7:30–8 a.m.

After School Homework Program 3-5:30 p.m.

Our Clubs

Chess Club

Basketball Club 

Track Club

Piano Keyboard Club

Beyblade Club

Craft Club


Imagination Fun in the Sun

Lego Club

Newspaper Club

History Bee Club


Acting Club

Soccer Club

Coding Club

"It's amazing. My daughter started in nursery and is now going to first grade. My youngest daughter starts toddler class there this falls. It's a home away from home, one big family. Best decision I made."

Elaina Dicarlo Delew 


Bridges opened in September, 2013 as a fully independent, federally recognized not-for-profit, offering Preschool through 8th grade,  an “all-through” school with no need to change schools at various grade points.

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The Bridges Academy Non-Discrimination Policy

The Bridges Academy welcomes into its full academic, business and community life persons of every race, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, ability, economic status and faith tradition or any other classification protected under applicable law. The corporation declares itself to be an open, welcoming and affirming school. Bridges Academy does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, or any other classification protected under applicable law in administration of its admissions or educational policies, scholarship and financial-aid programs, other Bridges Academy-administered programs, or in employment. The Corporation complies with the amended Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

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Phone: (631) 358-5035
Fax: (631) 677-3900
Email: info@thebridgesacademy.net

339 Snedecor Ave,

West Islip, NY 11795

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