About our Academics
BridgePrep Academy’s curriculum is rigorous, challenging and focuses on creating global leaders who have an enthusiasm and passion for learning. To accomplish this, our faculty engages in practices and technologies that promote and encourage exploration, inquiry and discovery. Students are active learners and teachers guide their learning. Together with the student, the teacher sets learning goals based on data, classroom and teacher observations. Parents receive information in the form of emails, newsletters, teacher website and our online grading system (Engrade).
BridgePrep Academy develops an environment in which students become lifelong readers. Our reading series is called Wonders. Wonders is a comprehensive language arts program that introduces, reinforces and enriches reading comprehension skills and strategies. Teachers use a wide variety of assessments to enhance the student’s ability to learn. Within this curriculum, students gain valuable knowledge about spelling, grammar, vocabulary and handwriting skills. The writing process is highlighted, and students are encouraged to write creatively by expanding their ideas with supporting details.
Go Math creates a spiraling curriculum that builds on the concrete and moves to the more abstract. BridegPrep believes that children understand mathematics best when it is related to real world experiences. Go Math also has an online component called Gizmos, which engages students to practice and reinforce math skills. Our faculty places an emphasis on basic fact mastery and knowledge of number sense. Students experience fun methods of learning whole numbers and place value, decimals and fractions, measurement, geometry, data analysis and quantitative reasoning.
Science Fusion is a state-of-the-art curriculum designed for building inquiry, STEM (Science, Technology, Environment, and Math) and optimized learning. The curriculum is designed to incorporate technology, hands-on labs and activities and virtual labs for all lessons. An additional component is the leveled readers and video based projects that reinforce and enrich important concepts. Students have an opportunity to work in small groups to test their hypothesis and to support their conclusions through collaborative learning in the science lab. BridgePrep’s science lab has an abundance of supplies and equipment for students to conduct experiments, making science come alive.
Our social studies curriculum is designed to connect students to community, state, nation and world. Teachers discuss current events, such as economy, environment and government and students develop a global perspective through an open forum. By immersing students in real world events, students discover links to the past, have a better understanding of the present and develop skills to be worldwide citizens of the future. BridgePrep utilizes videos, internet websites and blogs as opportunities to connect with other classes around the world and to enrich the learning experience.
Every student has the opportunity to use technology in a safe and proficient manner. Teachers have access to the computer lab, where students can research and work on specific programs to strengthen their skills. Through a technology grant, students will benefit from Smartboards, additional classroom computers and a laptop cart. It is BridgePrep’s philosophy that technology is an important tool that students need to become successful in the working world.
Muy Bien is a Spanish program for non-native speakers in grades K-8. In the lower grades, the language comes alive through music, puppets, big books, posters, picture cards, theater, felt board, a trivia game, a bingo game, and interactive CD Rom. In the higher elementary and secondary grades, Spanish vocabulary and grammatical concepts continue to be developed to achieve a higher level of conversation, reading, and writing skills. All students receive daily Spanish. It is BridgePrep’s philosophy that students who practice speaking, reading and writing Spanish will become more fluent as they progress through the program.
The physical education program builds and develops cardiovascular strength, muscle, agility and athletic fundamentals through several activities and sports. BridgePrep’s physical education program continuously builds on a foundation for lifelong health and wellness. Good sportsmanship is expected and emphasized. BridgePrep has a state-of-the-art gymnasium and a large fenced in field for students to participate in several different sports such as soccer, basketball and basketball.
Students experience art through a variety of hands-on projects that encourages creativity. In addition to acquiring skills and concepts, students learn to explore and experiment with a range of materials. Students are encouraged to incorporate self-expressions in their projects. During events such as Hispanic and Black History week, art is infused into the curriculum and displayed.
The music curriculum is offered to every student from grades K-6. It is BridgePrep’s goal to promote life-long enjoyment and appreciation of music. Students are involved in singing and movement while learning musical skills. Our music teacher studied at Westminster Choir of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey and teaches all aspects of music. He especially enjoys playing the piano and singing with the students.