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The Bridges Academy is sponsoring a new eight week program called Mindful Education. Our K-4th grade students are attending the program now and the Middle School students will begin in the winter. Mindfulness is the intended development of moment to moment non-judgmental focused attention and awareness. This program helps students to grow cognitively, socially and emotionally and improves upon students’ memory, attention span, self- esteem, patience, cooperation and moods while decreasing anxiety, fatigue and stress in class and at home. The students are enjoying the program and are creating their own Mindful journals in their classrooms.


The Academy has deployed the Sea Perch Program with its 6th and 7th grade students. The program is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Sea Perch provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science and mathematical principles while working on their ROV’s. We are also working with the Webb Institute College of Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture on this project. It is amazing to see what the students are building in this class.


Students celebrate Chinese New Year at The Bridges Academy in West Islip, News 12 Long Island TV. Kids in West Islip today celebrated the Chinese New Year today with a colorful lesson in Asian culture. At the Bridges Academy, students watched the traditional Chinese lion dance in honor of the Year of the Horse.
Read more and watch the video here:
Bridges Celebrates Chinese New Year


Parents open their own school in response to closing – Kristin Thorne Eyewitness News WEST ISLIP, N.Y. (WABC) – It has been a turbulent year for many districts in our area because of all the school closures. But now, there is word of a new school opening up on the South Shore of Long Island. What’s remarkable about this one is that it was created by parents!



In the Classroom – Suffolk County Legislator Tom Barraga (R-West Islip) recently toured The Bridges Academy which is a brand new Independent Private School in West Islip servicing children from toddlers through 8th grade. The School is a grass roots effort of Parents, Teachers, and the Head Master to build a School on the South Shore after their old school closed.