The Wooster Bridge Program
The Wooster Bridge Program is an Upper School language-based support program for high achieving students diagnosed with language-based learning disabilities. Students in the Wooster Bridge Program enter in 9th grade. Bridge students are projected to transition from a literacy-focused, moderate support model in 9th and 10th grades to a lighter support model in 11th and 12th grades. The 11th and 12th grade program is specifically designed to teach students how to utilize the skills they've honed in 9th and 10th grade and practice them independently in order to prepare students for college and beyond.
The Wooster Bridge Program provides the perfect balance of academic support and a rigorous college preparatory experience.
~ Parent of a Bridge Student
Bridge students attend all academic classes with their Wooster peers. The Wooster Bridge teachers collaborate with content area teachers to provide instructional strategies and curricular support to ensure student success. In addition, Bridge students receive intensive and direct reading and writing instruction with a focus on decoding, encoding, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, literature and comprehension. Bridge students also receive specific instruction on the writing process and the structures for different types of writing. Furthermore, study skills and content support classes, as well as an end-of-the-day study hall and organizational period facilitates the completion of homework and long-term assignments.
Wooster Bridge students participate in all other aspects of Wooster's Upper School from advisory, college guidance and sports, to jobs and co-curricular classes. The goal of the Wooster Bridge program is to provide motivated learning-disabled students with the academic tools to be independent learners and Wooster graduates.