Bridge Boston Charter School is a tuition-free public school that serves Boston’s children through a combination of rigorous academics, a focus on the whole child, and full-service programming. Our children are often the most economically and socially disadvantaged in the city: 20% have been homeless, 20% have received support from the Department of Children and Families, 22% receive Special Education services, 39% are English Language Learners, and all are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Bridge Boston is uniquely designed to serve the needs of these at-risk children.
Bridge Boston’s founding group came together due to their long-held commitment to serving economically disadvantaged children in Boston. Many of our founding Board members had been closely involved with Epiphany School, a private tuition-free middle school serving about 90 children in Dorchester who are living in poverty. The group sought to extend the ethos of Epiphany into the public school world in order to serve more students, leverage state tuition revenues, share of best practices, and consider possible replication.
Bridge Boston was chartered in February 2011 and opened in September of 2011. Today, we have over 270 students enrolled in pre-Kindergarten to fifth grade. We will add one grade per year until we reach maturity with 335 students in pre-Kindergarten through grade 8.
Bridge Boston Charter School students will thrive in a challenging, joyful, inclusive K1-8 public school community that values close partnerships with families and a focus on the whole child. Our students will develop the skills necessary to excel academically in rigorous high schools, reach their individual potentials, and view themselves as creators of their own futures. Through full-service programming, Bridge Boston Charter School will work to remove the health and social obstacles that hinder student learning.