FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Who attends Bridges Middle School private school?
A: Students in grades 5-8 who benefit from additional learning support for learning differences. Learn more about Bridges Middle School here.

Often our students have been under-served in their former educational experience. Many of our students have learning differences such as ADHD, ADD, Asperger Syndrome and other specific Learning Disabilities that impact their ability to learn in more traditional educational settings. Because our school is largely based on a social model of learning, we have a very thorough evaluation process, and only admit those students who will be the best fit at Bridges.

Q: What is the school schedule?
A: 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday (early dismissal for teacher meetings/planning). Major holidays match the Portland School District calendar as closely as possible.

Q: What is the ratio of teachers to students?
A: 1 teacher for every 9-10 students. Some classes are smaller as the student need dictates. Learn more about our academic program here.

Q: What classes are offered?
A: Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Art, Fitness, Social Bridges, Organizational Skills, Keyboarding, a wide variety of Enrichment courses, Educational/Cultural Field Trips and Community Service (where students integrate classroom learning with community volunteering). Learn more about our Academic Program here.

Q: Does Bridges Middle School incorporate Oregon benchmarks?
A: Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Social Science and Science curricula prepare students to meet the Middle School Oregon State Benchmarks. Learn more about our Academics here.

Q: How do students improve social skills?
A: Interpersonal skills coaching focuses on involving students as partners in positive problem solving. Community meetings and student committees help build a strong learning community and reinforce positive social skills.

An active Student Ambassador leadership program encourages students to take a dynamic role in promoting their school to visitors and other students.

Q: Can parents volunteer?
A: Yes! Many opportunities are available within the school and at Bridges-sponsored community events. Parents are requested to volunteer 30 hours each school year (10 hours per trimester) in ways that suit their talents and schedules. Learn more about our volunteer opportunities here.

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Q: Is lunch provided?
A: No. Students bring their own lunches that do not require refrigeration or reheating.

Q: Are there classroom observations for prospective parents?
A: Yes; please contact our office to schedule a date.

Q: How much is tuition and is there Financial Aid?
A: Tuition for the 2014-2015 school year is $17,400. Upon acceptance a $2,500 non-refundable deposit is requested to secure enrollment. The balance is payable in three different installment options. A $200 activity fee and $100 technology fee are required at the start of the school year. For students entering mid-year, the deposit is pro-rated.

Limited Financial Aid is available and is distributed based on demonstrated financial need. Financial aid awards can cover up to a maximum of 50% of the demonstrated need. Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid here.