character . confidence . knowledge

Building the foundation for a lifetime of learning

The Bridges Academy is the premiere independent day school centrally located in West Islip serving the Long island with an academically enriched curriculum for Toddlers through Eighth Grades.  Our programs focus on the individual with a dedicated teaching staff and small class sizes.  We not only concentrate on building a strong foundation for our students in reading, writing and math but also offer an enriched program to peak curiosity and authentic learning. 

Our programs include character building, public speaking, history studies, greenhouse and foreign languages along with STEM programs, art, music and drama.  With students attending from over 20 districts, Bridges offers a naturally diverse population that creates the ideal environment to prepare the students to become global citizens. Our graduates are accepted to the leading high schools on Long Island and elsewhere and are well prepared to excel in high school honors programs.


why small class size matters

At Bridges all of our classes have an impressively low student-teacher ratio of 15:1. Small class sizes and highly qualified teachers ensure that students get the absolute most out of their time here at Bridges. Our students have the added benefit of a variety of multi-age activities and diverse school events that create true community and leadership skills.

The Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences has found that ‘….reducing class size in grades K-3 (the average student in small classes scores higher on the Stanford Achievement Test in reading/math than about 60% of students in regular-sized classes).’

Want to know more? Here’s some additional reading on the benefits of small class sizes:Why Small Class Sizes Work” by Robert Kennedy

The Importance of Class Size in the Middle and Upper Grades” by Class Size Matters


the value of a private school

The National Educational Longitudinal Study, conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, found that students attending independent schools:

  • Are more likely to enroll in advanced courses than their counterparts in public, parochial and other private schools

  • Watch only two–thirds as much television

  • Are significantly more likely to participate in varsity or intramural sports

  • Are more likely to agree that students and teachers get along well, discipline is fair and teaching is good

  • Lead the nation in postsecondary achievement

  • Place a higher value on community service and civic participation

Visit the National Association of Independent Schools website for more information on the value of an independent education.


Contact Us!

The best way to get to know us is to come and take a tour and meet some of our students and staff and explore our school. Schedule a visit or call us at (631) 358-5035 today. We look forward to meeting you!

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inspired learning develops excellence


Our graduates are more than prepared to begin to assume the leadership roles in the fields of their pursuits, and very importantly, they are happy, and filled with moral character and confidence upon commencement.

High School Placement

Blair Academy
Chaminade High School
Friends Academy
Kellenberg Memorial High School
Long Island Lutheran High School
Our Lady of Mercy Academy
Regis High School
St. Anthony’s High School
St. Dominic High School
St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School
The Stony Brook School
Many Students also attend their District High School

College Acceptances & Placement

Binghamton University
Clark University
College of William & Mary
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Fairfield University
Farmingdale State College
Fordham University
Franklin University, Switzerland
High Point University
Hofstra University
Ithaca College
John Jay College
Long Island University
Marist College
Mills College
Muhlenberg College
Northeastern University
Pace University
Pennsylvania State University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

College Acceptances & Placement

Roger Williams University
Sacred Heart University
Seton Hall University
Siena College
St. John’s University
Stony Brook University
Stevens Institute of Technology
SUNY Maritime
Syracuse University
The Webb Institute
University of Alabama
University of Albany
University of Connecticut
University of Miami
University of New Haven
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Rhode Island
University of San Diego
University of Tampa
University of Vermont
Villanova University
Yale University