What funding sources are available for the Education Center program?
Annual tuition for Bridgeway Academy ranges from $20,000 – $35,000, with an average annual tuition of $31,000. Bridgeway Academy is an ODE accredited Autism Scholarship Provider which is available to any child ages 3-22 that has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The Autism Scholarship currently provides $27,000 per year per child in PARENT DIRECTED FUNDING. The scholarship reimburses Bridgeway Academy monthly and the parent/family is responsible for any amount due above that $27,000. Bridgeway Academy utilizes a program called FACTS to assist with monthly payments which are automatically deducted from the bank account of the family’s choosing, and will work with each family on a comfortable payment plan and schedule.
Bridgeway Academy does have financial aid assistance available. Please inquire about the financial aid application after submitting an application for enrollment to Bridgeway Academy.
Who is in charge of the IEP?
If the student accesses the Autism Scholarship or the Jon Peterson Scholarship, the school district of residence in conjunction with the parent are responsible for the maintenance and renewal if the IEP document, however; Bridgeway Academy teachers and therapists collaborate closely with school district representatives to develop appropriate long term goals and short term objectives that reflect the individual needs of the student.
If a student is placed at Bridgeway Academy by their home school district, Bridgeway Academy is responsible, along with parents for the IEP document.
Who provides transportation?
Parents are responsible for providing transportation for their student. There are transportation companies available as a private payment option.
Who provides lunches and snacks?
Due to some of the limited diets of our students, parents provide all lunches, beverages, and snacks for their child. Please send lunches with contents that will not spoil in a an insulated container or lunch box. Additionally, we are required to follow ODJFS guidelines for nutritional purposes. Please try to send food from as many food groups as possible in your child’s lunch each day. If your child has any diet or allergy restrictions, please submit a note from your physician.
Is there a BEFORE or AFTERCARE or a Latchkey program?
Bridgeway Academy currently offers a BEFORE CARE and AFTER CARE program daily from 8:00-8:45 and 3:00-5:30 PM for an additional cost. Please click here to find out more information.
Does Bridgeway Academy encourage/schedule naps?
No, however, if a family feels that naps are an important part of their child’s schedule, we can provide a cot in the child’s classroom. Most of our students do not nap (even 28-month-olds!) as they are so busy learning and working with teachers. Many students will fall asleep on the drive home!
How do I apply for school?
Please click here to apply
My child already attends school or has a home program. Can I still access private therapies at Bridgeway Academy?
YES! Absolutely! Please click here to apply for therapy-only services.
What funding sources are accepted at Bridgeway Academy?
Autism Scholarship is currently utilized to cover the majority of the costs associated with the Education Center program.
Bridgeway Academy is a John Peterson Scholarship Provider.
Title XX can be used for some Education Center expenses.
Medicaid is currently utilized to cover speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Bridgeway Academy is currently not a Caresource or Molina provider.
County allotted funding (Franklin, and Delaware) is currently utilized to cover psychological and behavioral services, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. In addition, Delaware County funding may be available to cover the cost of music therapy.
BCMH and Help Me Grow funds are available in many counties to cover some therapies.
Bridgeway Academy is considered an “Out of Network” provider for most insurance companies. Therefore, we do not provide direct billing to insurance for services; however, some families have had success with reimbursement from their insurance company for therapy services.