Applications for the 2016-2017 school year are currently being accepted.
Our admissions process begins with an admissions tour for parents/guardians (and school district representatives when applicable). Tours last approximately one hour and include admissions information, a tour of the school building, and time for questions and answers. The admissions tour and meeting will last approximately one hour. Please note: these tours are for adults only; do not bring potential students. Students will have an opportunity to visit Bridges later in the application process.
The application process involves several steps, as follows:
- Parents visit during the school day and meet individually with the Principal. A student-led tour of the school is included. These appointments can be made by calling our office at 503-688-2922.
- Parents submit application forms (see below for links) and provide other written information such as recent report cards, testing, IEP or other evaluations that provide useful information about the student. A $100 application fee is required at this time.
- Our Admissions Committee reviews the application, and the student may then be invited to meet with the committee for a brief visit/assessment (approximately 30 minutes).
- If it is felt that the student matches our school’s profile, the student will be invited for an all-day visit to Bridges. A final decision regarding acceptance will then be made by the Admissions Committee, and parents will be contacted within one week.
While there is no application deadline, we encourage parents to submit applications as soon as possible. It is often difficult to get teacher evaluations completed over the summer, and the students do not have a chance to spend a day on campus with other Bridges students.
If you intend to ask your school district to pay to send your child to Bridges Middle School, please contact them before proceeding with this application. Any such placements by the school districts must be initiated by them.
We believe that no student’s education should be put on hold because of financial struggles. Bridges Middle School is committed to offering financial aid to families with demonstrated need, and holds two major fundraising campaigns during the year to make this resource available. Learn about our Financial Aid program here.
The following documents are needed to process an application.
- Counselor Evaluation
- English/Language Arts
- EvaluationMathematics Evaluation
The School Application should be completed by the subject teachers and counselor who have worked most closely with your child over the last year. Please ask them to complete each question and provide additional comments, then mail the form directly to Bridges.
- Recent photo of student
- Student Writing Sample
The Family Application gives us a deeper understanding of your child’s specific needs and history. Please provide detailed responses and include a recent photo so we have a face to go with their file. The Student Writing Sample is a key piece of the Family Application that will give us insight into their perspective and how they express themselves.
- Copies of Report Cards for the past 12 months
- Copy of complete and most recent IEP or 504 plan, if applicable
- Copies of most recent psychological or psychiatric evaluation, if applicable
The Supplemental Documentation includes copies of any relevant reports, evaluations, cognitive and/or academic testing for the student. If your child is on an IEP or 504 plan, please include a complete and most recent copy. If your child has had a psychological or psychiatric evaluation, please include a most recent copy. You may also include copies of any other applicable documentation from helping professionals that work with your child. If your child currently has an IEP or 504 Plan, please attach a copy. Also, please include past report cards, particularly the most current. If your child has been evaluated in the past by a private psychiatrist/psychologist/therapist, etc., please include copies of their report(s). Also, if your child has had a psychological evaluation at school, please provide a copy.
Testing allows us to better understand your child’s specific learning needs and develop curriculum to address those needs. We traditionally have requested the two Weschler tests (Weschler Individual Achievement Test [WIAT or WIAT-II]and Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children [WISC-IV]). However, If your child has had other similar testing (i.e. Woodcock-Johnson III, Iowa Test of Basic Skills [ITBS], Oregon standardized testing [OAKS], Stanford-Binet), please submit with your application prior to scheduling any other testing.