Core classes are taught by certified teachers and specialists. Core classes generally have about 9 students.
Students receive comprehensive language arts,/reading, math, science, and social studies instruction. Art, PE, social skills, and electives are also available. Instruction and intervention is evidence-based. Specialized instruction for dyslexia, dysgraphia, and learning issues is provided if needed.
The instruction is generally traditional but tailored to our student's learning needs. Language arts includes word study, fluency, comprehension, literature, vocabulary, writing, spelling, and grammar. Math is mostly traditional, with innovative methods for memorizing math facts. Science and social studies have multisensory, hands-on activities. In social studies, students take courses in US History, world geography, world history, and other topics. Science includes units selected from physical science (motion, light, levers, engineering), chemistry, biology, earth science, and astronomy.
Dyslexia & Dysgraphia
Students receive Orton-Gillingham based dyslexia intervention, if needed. Our specialists are trained in Lindamood-Bell Seeing Stars and LiPS programs, Wilson Reading, Take Flight, Neuhaus Basic Language Skills, and other programs. Dyslexia and dysgraphia services are provided if needed.
Gifted/Talented Education (Quest/Pace)
Students who are gifted & talented receive specialized instruction with their gifted & talented peers. Instruction includes project-based learning, individual projects, and advancement in one or more subjects. We also have many students who are twice exceptional (2e), who are gifted/talented and have dyslexia, dysgraphia, or anxiety.
Special Education & Accommodations
We provide special education and accommodations. Students must be able to be successful independently in a 1:9 ratio in their general education classes with accommodations. Our students are well behaved and need academic supports, rather than behavioral supports.
Homework is kept to a minimum. We instruct the students at school, but we will offer homework upon request.
Our students do not need to take the STAAR test because we are a private school.
Students are graded on their mastery of skills, and report cards for grades K-7 will show which skills have been mastered. On-level students will receive traditional grades starting in 8th grade. We keep detailed assessments to determine which skills have been mastered and which skills need improvement. We meet with parents regularly to review progress and goals.
We have options for you to enroll separately in private speech therapy, occupational therapy, and possibly other therapies onsite through outside providers.
Bridges Academy Austin is a Candidate for Accreditation with NCA CASI, NWAC and SACS CASI.