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School Design

Implementation of the Science of Reading

Bridge Prep is New York’s first and only public school designed for students with dyslexia and other reading related disabilities.

Every decision made at Bridge Prep is made with students in mind. Grounded in the Science of Reading, our collaborative teaching model allows for continual assessments, benchmarking, ability-based grouping and low student to teacher ratios, to meet the needs at all student levels.

Our whole school approach to developing culture and leadership skills is designed to support our students in developing key social skills needed for their development as leaders in the 21st century world.

Targeted Social Emotional Learning

A key component of our work is to develop students as self-advocates by supporting them in identifying the lifelong strategies needed to maximize their strengths and achieve success. Through our multisensory instructional approach and supportive school culture, we will build confidence, grow self-esteem, and inspire our students. 

Our classrooms serve as the home for where staff and students gather together for interactive discussions between students and staff to set the instructional and behavioral goals of the day. Each week, we dedicate one class period, specifically on Social Emotional Learning to engage in various activities designed to build areas of their brains, which help shift attention behavior.

Extending Learning through Creativity

Students participate in thematic field trips, where they are able to see their creative learning extensions at work outside of the school setting, within the community.

In partnership with Sundog Theatre, students engage in Arts based enrichments in the form of two forms of musical expression, visual art and dance. This designated time focuses on promoting creative growth and provide students with unique, innovative activities that bridge learning to the world around them.  Students are provided with enrichment programming to support their creative and physical expression. These programs include physical education and mindful movement and breathing.