Bridge Boston sustains academic rigor by increasing learning time and setting high expectations. We have an extended school day from 8:00a.m. through 5:00p.m., with many students arriving as early as 7:15a.m.; our year runs from August through June. Our students have more than three hours daily of math, reading, and writing. Our teachers meet weekly to discuss curriculum and lesson planning; regular professional development and planning meetings focus on student data and best practices. We also have rich thematic social studies and science curricula that are designed to incorporate hands-on projects and develop student inquiry. Below are some examples featured this year:
- Our third grade students wrote identity poems, expressing their values through the format of a poem
- In science the 2nd graders studied the whales and whaling. They researched and wrote reports, built whale fossils, and designed their own whaling ships. They also studied water preservation and built water filters.
- Our 1st grade students studied the rain forest and capped off their year with a play about the kapok tree. The play showcased their environmental awareness and invovled elaborate costumes, an illustrated-by-all backdrop, and memorized lines.