Providing a comprehensive, coordinated support service, the Upper School Bridge Program builds upon the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for students with learning differences to navigate the changing demands of their upper school experience and beyond.
Our strength-based approach to learning is the foundation for personalization and individualization of instruction which creates a more intimate experience where students develop an authentic sense of belonging and confidence. As such, they are able to take responsible academic and social risks, exercise autonomy, and advocate for their own needs.
Director of The Bridge Program
Joined Wooster in 2014-2015
Wooster's Bridge Program is a highly successful, grades 6-12, mainstream program for students with language-based, executive function, or attention-related learning differences. The program is built around Wooster School's commitment to inclusivity, and gives students the confidence and skills for a lifetime of learning.
One goal of the Bridge Program is to provide an experience where each students’ unique learning profile is celebrated. Our collaborative setting allows students to become aware that their learning journey is not a “lone pursuit”. By partnering with their Bridge faculty, students hone in on key areas such as executive functions, self-awareness, self-advocacy, problem-solving, and critical thinking to help them thrive in the classroom and the community.
By design, Upper School Bridge leverages a gradual release of responsibility model whereas the structure of our 9th and 10th grade Bridge support shifts in 11th and 12th grade. By 11th and 12th grade, the Bridge Program reflects the various types of support students may advocate for in their post-secondary educational experience.