Program Expansion at Bridgeway Academy
August 12, 2016
In less than a week, Bridgeway Academy will begin its 12th school year with 150 staff members and 155 students, early-intervention / preschool through 10th grade! We are looking forward to an outstanding 2016-17 academic year with many fun and engaging activities planned throughout the year!
Bridgeway Academy is excited to share news about the growth of its programs, too. We continue to work hard to develop programming that meets the changing needs of our students, especially for students entering middle and high school. Educational goals for these students include transition planning from students into young adulthood.
In January 2015, Bridgeway Academy opened its Life Skills Center, a space where middle and high school students work on life skills in a natural environment. This program has provided students with the opportunity to practice skills like cooking, cleaning, laundry and leisure skills, with the support of their teachers and therapists who work to apply and generalize their educational goals across this setting.
This year, Bridgeway Academy opens a Vocational Skills Center. The Vocational Skills Center will be located in the community room of a neighborhood church. Bridgeway Academy is leasing this space so that students will have plenty of room to build skills for employment and independence later in life. Students will work with teachers and therapists on pre-vocational skills. An internship program with local businesses is in development so that students will be able to generalize learned skills in a natural environment. We continue to seek partnerships for the internship program. If you have connections with individuals or businesses that would like to participate in this kind of opportunity, please let us know. We’d also like to thank Huntington National Bank for their financial support of this program.
Bridgeway Academy’s goal is to help every student reach their highest potential as we work together to build the bridge from home to school, to the community and beyond. We look forward to an outstanding year in support of Bridgeway Academy’s mission to meet the educational and therapeutic needs of children with autism and other developmental disabilities.