Explicit and structured literacy instruction is valuable and has proven successful for all students. It is essential for students with dyslexia or other related learning disabilities, and for English Language Learners. Bridge Prep’s instructional approach is rooted in the fact that students learn in different ways and have differing abilities and interests.
Our curriculum is aligned the Next Generation Learning Standards and engages students in rigorous and meaningful content, while also providing the supports needed for sustained success. Some of the elements we use, across all subjects throughout the day, include:
01 Multisensory Instruction
The Orton- Gillingham Approach
A foundational component of our instructional design is the use of the highly structured Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching literacy. Orton Gillingham is a widely known multisensory approach that has been proven to work with all students. Our multisensory instructional focus will allow all students to use their individual learning strengths and sensory modalities like sight, sound, movement and touch to connect language to words. Since writing competency is so closely aligned to reading, we also incorporate a research-based writing program to supplement our literacy programming.
02 Greater Precision and Confidence
Systematic and Structured Literacy
Our approach to literacy, aligned to national learning standards, provides consistent skill reinforcement for students at all levels, in all subject areas, to assure they learn to think and write with greater precision and confidence, no matter the content. This level of programming is embedded into the daily curriculum, across all core subjects, as well as our music, art and physical education classes.
03 A Collaborative Model
The Triad Model
Our classrooms are organized using the unique Triad Model. The Triad Model has proven results of increasing student achievement and is rooted in the belief that students succeed when resources are pushed-into the classroom, not pulled- out. Our model allows for students to have very personalized educational experience and gives our staff first-hand experience when they are planning and evaluating student data.
04 Personalized Attention
Small Class Sizes
At Bridge Preparatory Charter School, we are committed to supporting all students and to individualized attention. Class sizes at BPCS are significantly smaller than classes at other Staten Island elementary schools, with class sizes averaging between between 10-14 students per class in first grade, 16-18 students per class in second grade and 16-20 students in third grade.
05 Needs Driven Support
Low Teacher-Student Ratio
The structure of our classrooms allows various members of our instructional team—including our teachers, associate teachers, service providers, Social Worker, SETTS Teacher and Language Support Specialist—to work with groups of students and directly collaborate to use their specific areas of expertise. This means that each class will be staffed by multiple instructional team members at a given time, resulting in a very low teacher-student ratio.
06 Promote Knowledge and Skills Acquisition
Project-Based Learning allows students to use their individual strengths to make connections to instruction and content. By promoting knowledge and skill-acquisition through authentic investigation of a problem, issue, challenge or complex question, Project-Based Learning is a key feature of our Science and Social Studies curricula.
07 Maximize Strengths, Achieve Success
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 a combination of our multisensory instructional approach and our supportive school culture, we will build confidence, grow self-esteem and inspire our students.
Our focus on Social Emotional Learning can be seen both in and out of the classroom, in order to provide consistent reinforcement. 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 and strengthen our weekly Social Emotional Learning theme. Each week, students dedicate one class period, specifically on Social Emotional Learning and engage in various activities designed to build areas of their brains, which help control and shift their attention to manage behavior.
08 Unique Innovative Activities
Creative Learning Extensions
Each day, students and staff engage in thematic Creative Learning Extensions and Arts based enrichments, which reflect our core belief in providing multisensory learning experiences for all students. This designated time focuses on promoting creative growth and provide students with unique, innovative activities that bridge learning to the world around them. Each day, students are provided with enrichment programming to support their creative and physical expression. These programs include physical education, Mindful Movement and Breathing and, in partnership with our community partner Sundog Theatre, two forms of musical expression, visual art and dance.
09 Active Engagement In Learning
At Bridge Prep, our students are provided learning experiences that challenge them to think, perform and grow to new levels of achievement. Our instructional program will both challenge and support students, engaging them in higher order thinking skills to building bridges across content areas and form connections between learning and their lives.