Why Choose Bridges?
Diverse Student Body
Our student body is diverse to represent the real world and give children the opportunity to learn from each other’s ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.
Small Class Sizes
Research supports that students learn more in smaller groups where the teacher can have one on one time with the students. Bridges caps our classes at 18 to ensure the most productive learning environment possible. Bridges applies the respected Iowa Test results to support individual needs. Every Second Grade student and up is tested annually so that the teaching staff can customize a learning plan for each student to advance in all academic disciplines from year to year. Bridges’ students annually score and rank in the top tier nationally.
Reading to an Individual Student's Grade Level
Reading ability is a significant predictor of performance and success.
Raspberry Pi Program
Using the Raspberry Pi and the Python programming language students are able to bridge the gap between software and hardware and how both can apply to the physical world around them.
Dash and Dot Curriculum
Bridges is excited to introduce the Dash and Dot curriculum to our younger students. Using iPads to program these lovable robots students will begin understand the connection between software and hardware.
Partnered with Webb Institute, students learn to create Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles (ROVs). Ultimately the students test their ROVs in real life challenges at Webb Institute’s Wave Pool.
Technology - iPads
The school is equipped with state of the art technology for all grade levels to use. A special thanks to the Parents Association for raising the funds needed to purchase 20 brand new iPads for the school.
Bridges offers a unique opportunity for students to grow spiritually through starting each day in a character development program that recognizes acts of kindness and consideration.
Art, Music, Drama
Bridges offers a variety of programs in fine arts, music and drama. Each student has many opportunities throughout the year to participate and perform in concerts, plays and art shows.
Science & Math
Providing a strong science and math program is in the forefront of Bridges. We offer innovative programs to excite students to learn. A robotics lab is high on the agenda at Bridges. Each spring we will hold a science fair for all grades to participate. We will also offer an after school Math Olympiad program.
Each student is encouraged and given the opportunity from Nursery school on to stand up and speak in front of their class and the entire school. A signature trait of a Bridges Academy student is their self-confidence and ability to speak to any person at any age and before any audience.
Bridges believes our students need to prepare to compete in a global economy. We enrich our students’ education with world studies including International days, field trips and seeking out partnerships with international schools. We have plans in the future to expand our program and scope to give our students an even wider exposure to different cultures and languages.
Bridges benefits from having a large greenhouse on the school grounds. It is an organic, environmentally-friendly, dirt-under-the-fingernails space where students have the unique opportunity to visit and work the gardens as part of their classroom lessons and in after school activities.
Today, our ECC students learned of different seeds and nuts. They used the senses of touch, sight and smell to observe and compare seed characteristics.
The following were used:
Cashew in shell, Macadamia in shell, Sapodilla (zapote) fruit seed, Avocado pit, Star anise, Multi-colored popcorn kernels, and Cacao seeds.
Lively and engaged discussion took place around the lesson.
A potato that has grown roots, leaves and stems was also the center of our attention. Most children could not recognize the potato in this form which made for a fun guessing game. We also planted some potatoes that were harvested from our courtyard early in September.
Next, students planted seeds that will germinate and grow in our greenhouse.
Seeds planted include:
Mixed kale, Lettuce, Colorful Beets, Parsley, Alexandria Strawberries, and Spinach.
These lessons will be woven into future greenhouse and courtyard projects.
-Corinne Smith, Greenhouse Instructor