The Bridge Way School educational philosophy
We believe that students achieve higher levels of academic success if they are meaningfully engaged and given the opportunity for choice, so student-centered and inquiry-based learning are central to our curricula.
We seek to create a community of learners that ignites academic passion in the individual as well as fosters social connections between students sharing a recovery journey.
We foster volunteerism through learning because “giving back” is a core step of the 12-step program, and research has shown that it has a positive impact on a student’s personal, social and cognitive outcomes.
Our instructional model engages students
Our student enrollment is designed to be small, so there are mixed-grade levels in each classroom.
Instruction in English and history across grade levels are focused around standards-based themes and concepts, but instruction, assignments, and assessments are differentiated to address specific grade-level learning objectives.
- Students enrolled in English class might read Macbeth, which is discussed as a multi-age class together in the same classroom.
- In history class, all students might explore the impact of civil unrest on a society, but students enrolled in U.S. History might examine the 1960s and the Civil Rights Movement, while students in World History examine the rise of Fascism in Italy following WWI, and students in Civics and Government examine the 13th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
In math and science classes, instruction is more individualized to meet the needs of students’ grade levels and course requirements needed to graduate.
Teachers use textbook and online curricula, increased small group and one-on one instruction, and classroom management techniques to support students individually while others work independently.
Arts and humanities are integrated across the disciplines. Knowledge of and engagement with the processes and production of creative expression allows our students to explore their talents and to express themselves outside-of-the-box within their core classes and elective offerings.
- For example, in an English class a student may choreograph a dance to be included in Romeo and Juliet, in a music class the West African roots of American jazz might be explored in a student’s songwriting/performance.
- In history a student might analyze the photographs of Dorothea Lange in the context of the Great Depression.
Physical education is offered daily at our school since research indicates that recovery management can be enhanced by the increased levels of endorphins provided by regular exercise.
The Bridge Way School is licensed and accredited by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education
The Bridge Way School provides core academic courses and credits as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education so that the graduating student can transition to another secondary school, a post-secondary program and/or employment. The curriculum at our school is designed specifically to meet the individual needs of our students, with a particular emphasis on issues that research indicates often arise in students with addiction, such as ADHD and other co-occurring disorders.
A copy of The Bridge Way School’s comprehensive curriculum and alignment to state standards is available for review in the main office.