Bridges Academy has a unique and critical mission: to educate twice-exceptional (2e) students. 2e students demonstrate incredible gifted potential in one or more academic or creative areas (one exception), but also have learning differences and/or disabilities that complicate their overall academic success (another exception). You probably know or are a parent of a twice-exceptional student, even if the term itself is unfamiliar: 2e students are often identified as outside-the-box, “quirky” thinkers who can have encyclopedic knowledge in their fields of interest, but when it comes to participating in a conventional classroom setting, they become bored by the material and frustrated by the expectations placed on their output. This can lead them to withdraw or act out, further disenfranchising them from their own education.
At Bridges Academy, it is commonly said that “If students don’t learn the way you teach, teach the way they learn.” Teaching 2e students the way they learn is an exciting, challenging, and incredibly rewarding imperative, one that involves differentiating material, keeping class sizes at a ratio of 1:8, and focusing on each student’s individual talent development.
Bridges Academy is comprised of two main divisions: The Phoenix Program, and the 7th-12th grade post-secondary preparatory program. The Phoenix Program is specifically designed for 2e students ages 9-11, with a possible extension through age 12. The post-secondary prep program for students in grades 7-12 continues and deepens the development of the social, academic, intellectual, and creative potential necessary for post-secondary work in universities, internships, tech- or arts-oriented colleges, or early entry into a career in the student’s talent area.
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