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Bridges Academy

Private | 5-12 | 141 students

We are best known for gifted students with LD.

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $685,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,800.

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Posted May 31, 2014

My son has ADD and was unable to perform at either a Catholic school or public high school before arriving at Bridges. The faculty has been very attentive and caring and the teacher-student ratio is fantastic. Bridges has found ways for my son to learn the material and obtain passing, if not very good, scores. I have not been able to figure out how he is going to perform in college if returned to a large classroom, where he previously failed, but at least Bridges has found ways my son can learn and pass classes, and I'm not sure it would be realistic to expect that Bridges would not only overcome his learning difficulties but teach him to succeed in a lecture hall filled with students in only a couple of years. The school recently purchased the entire campus of what used to be Osaka Sangyo University. Bridges teaches in the main classroom building, which is in fine condition, but there are several other buildings on campus that require significant renovation. This is a work in progress. The headmaster recently announced his departure. It remains to be seen how this will affect the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2013

This is my son's first year at Bridges and he is in 8th grade. This is the first time in his life that he has friends and feels like he fits in somewhere. Academically, Bridges is meeting his needs in both his area of weakness (writing) and his area of strength (math). Socially, he no longers feels like there is something wrong with him and that there is no one like him. He is surrounded by other bright kids who have similiar interests, such as Anime, computers and Magic the Gathering. This is the first school that has challenged him academically and yet nutured him emotionally. I love having a son who is "outside the box" and am feel so blessed that I found a place that loves that about him too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2013

We are very happy with the changes in our son since starting at Bridges. When he arrived at the end of 7th grade he was not at all independent and fought school work and home work. At the end of 8th grade, he presented his accomplishments for the year to his peers and teachers (this professional presentation is a requirement for promotion to high school), and that was the first time we realized he has the ability to reach his potential! We were looking at a completely different child than the one that arrived at Bridges just 14 months earlier. Now he is in 9th grade and is thriving. He has also joined the Robotics program, the cross country team, and the after school music program. He is becoming the confident and capable boy we knew he could be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2013

My son started here last year after failing miserably at public school. During his stint in public school we tried every avenue of accommodations and modifications allowed to us, none of our attempts were successful. My son was becoming increasingly despondent and clinically depressed. Going to school was torturous and no amount of effort would ever mean success. Now, well into our second year, we have seen our son come back to life. Bridges has once again incited a love of learning. To date my son is now succeeding academically and has socially grown into a young man that is confident and has plans for a future. In so many ways, Bridges has given my son opportunities and a future that once seemed unthinkable as, previous to Bridges, we were barely making it day to day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

My daughter is entering into the high school and her fourth year at Bridges next year. The Faculty, staff and administration have changed the trajectory of her life and she is already not the same person as when she arrived. Her teachers inspire her, challenge her, listen to her and appreciate her. The curriculum is engaging and rich and she's been able to explore so many different passions on campus. The students are compassionate, artistic, creative, brilliant, outside-the-box thinkers and the Parent Community is warm and embracing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2013

My son attended Bridges Academy from 6th grade through 12th. He haa ADD, and been bullied, ignored, teased, excluded, and misunderstood in his previous school. The teachers and staff made him feel welcome at first and an integral part of the community soon after. He is now in his third year at a four year university, doing well academically and socially. This would not have been possible without the caring and challenging education he received at Bridges, he is confident and able to recognize when he needs help. We are truly indebted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2012

My son struggled for many years in the public school system due to issues in the social skills (e.g. perspective taking, social skills) and attention deficit area. He was bullied and teased and his challenges were never completely recognized nor were they addressed. Academically he performed well but it got to the point where he hated going to school. As a family, we really did not have many academic options to meet his needs. We were looking for the third middle school in three years. We found Bridges Academy! My son is now in his third year at Bridges and his whole outlook has changed. He feels safe, he loves his teachers, he is challenged academically and he is involved in extra curricular activities. He has made several friends. The curriculum and the program at Bridges has taught him to be organized and has allowed him to contribute and pursue his interests in and outside of the classroom. He is definitely on track to go to college. The technology that is utilized by the school is cutting edge and helps students get prepared for college. The teachers, the staff and head of the school are involved and really care about all the students. I highly recommend Bridges Academy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2012

A year ago, if you would have asked my son what he wanted to do after he graduated high school, he would have told you he had no idea and quit bugging him while he was playing Wii. These days he ll tell you that he may want to formulate a method to make cancer cells undergo apoptosis without affecting the normal cells around them. In lay terms, that means he wants to cure cancer. And he has an idea of how he might do it. My son has ADHD and has always had an interest in science and the natural world. But his current focus on biological research came as a result of his relationship with his brilliant science teacher at Bridges Academy. I m grateful to Bridges for the significant role it has played in helping my son find his passion and define a path for his future -- even if that passion changes down the line.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2012

Bridges is a great school for gifted and highly gifted students who don't fit in a traditional box. My son does not have a diagnosed learning disability, but needed greater academic challenge and more social nurturing and guidance than was provided at his very traditional school. Before Bridges, he had come to think of a school as a prison; a place where he was mentally bored and emotionally threatened. Bridges was literally his salvation -- a place where he can be his brilliant quirky self without worrying that other kids will think he is "weird." It is truly a life changing school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2012

Our child graduated last year and got into Cal Arts for animation. At Bridges she was allowed to learn and mature with the twice exceptional gifts she has. She is now doing all the exective funtioning required for her college experience. As parents we went from tears and fears to smiles and joy. Our twice exceptional daughter is on her way to a sucessful college experience. We love Bridges and will always be thankful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2012

Bridges Academy has been a perfect fit for our son. The classes are small and the teachers don t overburden the students with homework. He is thriving both academically and socially in a school that understands gifted students with learning differences. They also have a wonderful theater program that has helped him overcome his shyness. In just a few short years, he has gone from being painfully shy to belting out a solo in the school musical. And for the first time in his life he actually enjoys going to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2011

There are great private schools in Los Angeles for gifted and highly gifted kids. There are some good schools for kids with learning disabilities other special needs. But Bridges is the only school that offers a superior college-prep education to gifted and highly gifted kids who have learning disabilities. These '2-e' kids often find a positive school experience for the first time in their lives. Bridges celebrates their differences, teaching to the strengths and talents of the kids and not just to the remedial needs. Imagine being a kid who loves English and history but cannot do math; who hates being in math class; in fact he hates school because how math class feels. Other schools would remove this kid from English and history (because he doesn't 'need' to be in class for these subjects) to spend more time on 'remedial' Math. The kid hates school more. At Bridges, they try to encourage the child to use his passion for one subject to learn another; it tries to find opportunities to think about math while doing a history lesson.


Posted October 20, 2011

This school changed my son's life and I couldn't be more thankful with each and every educator and staff member. The 2e or twice exceptional concept (and movement) is revolutionary at Bridges. My son is an exceptionally smart and gifted teenager who struggled with his ADHD in other schools. All got even worse when we opted for not giving him medication. Now we finally found a place where he can flourish and excel not only academically but socially. He's been on Bridges Academy for a few months and for the first time in his life, he loves school. If you have an exceptionally academically gifted child that has ADD, ADHD and similar challenges and learning issues, Bridges Academy is the perfect middle school and high school for them. It's expensive but it's more than worth it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2011

My son is starting his 4th year at Bridges, having started in 6th grade. It has been an incredibly positive experience for him and for our family. My son had social problems in public grade school, including bullying, teasing, and not fitting in. This caused no end of pain for him and for us. The school has helped him discover and develop his strengths and mature as a student and a person. Teaching kids with learning differences is a special challenge, and the faculty at the school take extra coursework and attend seminars to learn continually ratchet up their game. The school has to balance dealing with the social/emotional issues of the students with education, and still maintains high academic standards. They teach kids organizational skills and teach parents about their kids. They use smart boards, laptops, and LANs and teach courses from algebra to robotics. I have another son at a well known, traditional private college prep school in Los Angeles, and I don't see a difference in homework, projects, tests, or grading standards. Oh, and did I mention he has made friends and has a social life? I have no doubt that this is the place best to get my son ready for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2011

My son has been at this school for the last 3 years and I have many concerns about their program. For one, they don't address their weaknesses. They play up their strengths and ignore their weaknesses, making them sound like they're geniuses at parent-teacher conferences. All of these kids have learning disabilities as well as some degree of giftedness in one or more areas. They could all benefit from remediation which Bridges refuses to do. They also require that each kid have a laptop computer that they bring to school everyday. Instead of working on their writing, they have them type everything on their computers. In life, you need to be able to write. I'm forced to send my child to an educational therapist at my own expense to work with him in all the areas that Bridges is lacking. They also don't use any textbooks and let the kids sit on the floor in beanbag chairs. It's very undiciplined and there are so many behavior problems in the classrooms that are tolerated by the staff. There is no homework-at all. The projects that are assigned are like summer camp projects. Most of the students there are either on the high functioning autism spectrum or ADHD.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2010

i am currently a bridges high school student. i completely agree with the one who said that the label of college prep is a joke. what bridges does is for middle school you don't have homework or grades and field trips every week. it is basically like camp. and then during high school the basically don't care. the teachers are cool and help you educationally a lot, but if you expect your child's social issues to be helped at bridges, they won't. the staff just ignores them and says that they can act as they want. what i would say is that this school is practically a high class babysitter that leads your kids to a high school diploma and then kicks them to the curb of life.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 2, 2010

this is the best school i have ever attended all the teachers and students are very kid to us i would highly recommend this school to everyone interested
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 16, 2009

I am an alum of Bridges. I loved it when I was there. However, the label of 'college prep' is a joke. I couldn't study for a test because I hadn't taken one without a study guide (aka cheat sheet) since elementary school. I had difficulty with deadlines as I had never been expected to follow them before. Basically, Bridges just worked around my issues instead of working on them. When I graduated, the same problems I had gone to Bridges to address were still there. I'm not the only one either- you should see the long list of colleges Bridges kids have gotten kicked out of or left. If you simply need a place to protect your child from bullies and ferry them to a high school degree, then Bridges is perfect. If you really want them to graduate from college, look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 14, 2009

I am a student at bridges and am very pleased with the school. It has helped me a lot with lots of things. I am in the 8th grade.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2008

My son has attended Bridges for 2 years now. I am very pleased with the student - teacher ratio, the dedication of the staff, and the help they give these kids.
—Submitted by a parent


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Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 26%
Hispanic 3% 52%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 11%
Black 2% 6%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
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3921 Laurel Canyon Boulevard
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