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K-8
Public charter
Thousand Oaks, CA

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1335 Calle Bouganvilla
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

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(805) 492-3569
(805) 493-8852
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November 17, 2014
We had bad experiences at other schools before coming here and we LOVE this school. They have wonderful teachers who teach great life lessons. They push healthy foods and good choices. They still have a lot of the extra programs public schools have cut. It feels like a family here. And they don't tolerate bullying which was really important for my family.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2014
Unfortunately Bridges is not what it advertises. Once upon a time I believe Bridges was a school that rallied around the Whole Child philosophy, but that day has come and gone, and in it's place is left a school that is leading the way in the district with Common Core Standards and implementation. Despite what some would argue, Bridges is just another cookie cuter public school pumping out little machines (albeit these machines know the importance of recycling and eating healthy foods) with meager critical thinking capabilities. The real problem however lies in the fact Bridges is caught in an identity crisis which has resulted in teachers being overwhelmed by the chaos of their unstructured classrooms full of students grappling with how to discern their expectations of work that hasn't been properly explained to them, or taught as the teachers are still trying to figure out how to be Whole Child with now worksheets and preparing for state tests. Overall, it's a mess. Their are some great teachers; the Kindergarten program is incredible, but apart from that, it's probably just best to invest your child's time in a school with a more established and cohesive educational philosophy.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2014
I truly love bridges next year will be my sons last year! Love the staff but what bridges have is the most amazing teachers, my son does extra work just because... they inspired the kids to do their best.. The kids at bridges are well behave I should know had to field trip s to our ranch where the kids got the opportunity to have a hands on learning ! They try the best to get the kids involved on educations and they make it fun! My son is an A student.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2014
I sent my children to BRIDGES. For 2011-2012 I LOVED it. But once 2012-2013 came. I was starting to not love it so much. I found out that the director of the school was changed. And some people were fired that started the school. One of my children were in middle school there and if you didn't like a teacher in a certain subject you couldn't change it to another one. There is literally one teacher for each. They never got lockers either, they kept pushing that back and finally they made them pretty much shelves. At the end of the year, every single person that started the school got 'let go' and I pulled out all my kids. Those were the only good people there. NOT happy. Please return to the original school you were.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2014
This school is wonderful for some kids, but not all. You have to know your child. Kids that are self-motivated and at or above grade level will probably flourish in an environment like Bridges. We tried it for two years and I saw many wonderful things that they are for sure doing right. The communication, consistency and classroom management needs improving in most classes, but the teachers are all passionate (albeit perpetually overwhelmed) and truly love what they do. We left Bridges and my kids are doing much better with more structure and clear expectations. BUT I have many friends with kids at Bridges and know they are very happy, so this is just my experience with my own individual children. :)

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2013
Bridges is a nurturing and healthy place for our kids to grow. I like that nutritious food and taking care of the environment are an everyday part of school life. My sons are not just learning academics--they are learning social skills, art, music, and going out in the wider community through field trips. I also appreciate that Bridges lets kids be kids. Yes, there's makeup in the upper grades, but that's the exception rather than the norm. I see 8th graders running and swinging on the playground. At Bridges multi-age relationships are encouraged, and no one gives a second look to see a first-grader playing with a third-grader, for example. Bridges is a loving community and I know other parents look out for my child as I look out for theirs on my volunteer day. The only thing I would change about this school is Friends Friday during fall--too hectic and chaotic for many of the little ones.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2013
We are so lucky to have choices in the Conejo Valley. I was tired of the large burocracy of CVUSD, watching my children becoming little machines in the classroom pumping out worksheet after work sheet without much critical thinking or deep connections being made. My children have attended BRIDGES Charter School since the school opened. Yes, there have been changes in administration and some teachers since BRIDGES first opened. Overall, our family has been very happy with our experience at BRIDGES. Both of my children are now in middle school and enjoying their experience. They like the smaller class sizes, individualized attention and community feel of the school. The teachers treat the children as individuals as they challenge them to their fullest abilities. As a parent I like seeing parents actively involved in their children s education, children learning to make good choices and taking responsibility for their education, healthy food and holidays not centered on sugary treats. If you are looking to be a partner in education with your child s school, BRIDGES is the place to be.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
A school with little homework! What a concept!!! There are numerous reasons why BRIDGES is a great school, but one BIG reason stands out above all. If you're a parent who is concerned about "test scores," consider this: How does a school like BRIDGES score well above the statewide average, yet manage to give minimal amounts of homework every night? Because these kids get time to play, explore, eat & sleep! Their brains are stimulated, not fried. They can retain what they learn because they do it through hands-on doing, not textbook memorizing. For the lack of homework alone, BRIDGES is a school worth sending your children to!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
Bridges tries to balance 2 distinct philosophies under one roof. The story below illustrates the contrast. (Names are fictitious.) The Smiths want their daughter Jill to be competitive in the real world. Repetition (homework), discipline, grades & academics are highly valued. Comparing test scores between schools is key to what is a "great or good" school. Jill scores high in Math & low in Reading. Her parents are "concerned" & want a more challenging curriculum & homework to address the imbalance. John is in 5th grade. Creative, intelligent, & very passionate about literature. He will write or read for hours on his own. Their perfect school, would amplify what's there & have a place to grow socially. Developing listening skills , empathy, compassion, & verbal language to maturely resolve conflict are most important. The Smiths want a teacher fired for wasting instruction time talking about conflict resolution & low test scores. The Jones' want a teacher fired for burying kids with homework & busy work & not addressing emotional growth. Great Schools is the "Amazon Star Rating System" for parents, like buying tires. There are immeasurable things in life that matter.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
This is our second year at Bridges. Last year I had a 6th and 8th grader; this year I have a Kindergartner and 7th grader. There were some bumps in the road with communication, coordinating parent involvement and the junior high program last year. This year has been a 180 degree turn around! The communication is clear, concise and comes in a variety of ways. The school and PAC are working to coordinate parent involvement so that each teacher, grade level and activity is being supported. The junior high program has stepped up! the teachers are working as a team to bring the level of expectation up, up, up. The specialist the school has hired are incredible: art, music, spanish, p.e.; we even have a stem and robotics program! The work the board and staff put in over the summer is paying off in a big way this year. BUT if you are looking for a school to drop off your kid and step away, this school is NOt for you! Parent involvement is a HUGE part of the program at all grade levels.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
My Daughter goes to Bridges because she loves it. I love this school as a parent too.I love to volunteer in the class,the fact that I get to interact with the kids in class and know the parents is awesome. The school has grown so much in the last few years and is getting better every year. My daughter goes to 1st grade and actually wants to go to school everyday.The school every year is moving in the right direction and getting better and better.Love BRIDGES.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
We have had a fantastic experience at Bridges. Great Leadership, Teachers, and remarkable contributions from parents . Make the time to check this school out.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
BRIDGES Is a great school. It's all in how you look at it. While some think the firing of teachers is bad, others see it as a benefit of a Charter (no tenure). Some say the school goes through too many changes; others see it as progress. Some see students as unruly and disobedient; others see it as children being allowed a freedom of expression. No school is perfect. Parent expect schools to be the sole education for their children! BRIDGES truly involves the parent to be part of their children's education. Some think it's asking too much from a parent; others think it's an incredible partnership. It's all how you look at it.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2013
my kids were getting bullied at BRIDGES. I talked to the Director, Staff and teachers. It was not handled properly. Last year the last of the people who started the school were fired. Since then, the whole school fell apart. I took my child out of BRIDGES because of this. After 3 years of being there, we noticed that this was no longer a real Charter school. Don't send your kids here.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
If you want wild, disrespectful, un-educated children send them to Bridges. Kinder program is wonderful, but the school has turned into dumping ground for kids who can't handle regular school. The school is a joke.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
A wonderful school where the teachers teach for the whole child. Bridges has a hybrid homeschool program where child can be at school half the week and at home half the week. A very nice library, and lots of events and fun things to do for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2013
My kids have been at Bridges since it opened and we love it! The teachers are great and the new director is awesome. They are going into 2nd and 4th grade and can't wait for school to start again. The project-based approach is much better than just teaching a child how to take a standardized test. Real world applications of learning and problem solving will help my children later on in life. Their reading has improved dramatically, math is over their grade level and they were involved in science and social studies projects that were so interesting,they really retained the information they learned. They are expected to write everyday - creatively as well as essay-style - which will help them enormously in the upper grades. I feel like they are in a "village". The other parents really care about my children and I care about theirs. Far different from the traditional neighnborhood school we came from.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2013
B.R.I.D.G.E.S Charter school is NOT what it advertises. At one time I had 3 children attending Bridges and slowly I have taken them all out as the good teachers have been fired replaced by teachers that follow the poor current leadership. unresponsive to concerns and emails, fail to follow their own policies and philosophies, all in all it is such a shame to see what could have been a great school fall so far down hill. Do NOT send your children here, the current staff and directors need changing.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2013
I went to B.R.I.D.G.E.S. You should not. The middle school section doesn't even have lockers and there is only one teacher per section. The Director of this school is terrible and all the good teachers are getting fired. I left the school. All bad situations were never delt with. Don't waste your time here. Even my parents thought this school was bad.

- submitted by a student
October 28, 2012
I've transfer both my sons to Bridges this year. One is 4th. grade and the second 1st. grade. It wasn't an easy decision, my 4th grader was not happy to leave his friends, but I thought I had to do what I think it's good for him. It has been nothing but great, since the first day of school!!! Both of my boys are happy to go to school, learned so much thru all kind of hands on activities. I listen to the conversions they have in car about stuff they did in school and my heart explode of happiness!! They care about each other so much more now. They teach them at school, other then academics, about respect...yourself, your community and I can see how they changed. My first grader already had 3 field trips, which all were related to things they learned in class. The communications with the teachers is nothing I've never experienced, and I have a 7th. grader as well..they cares about the kids more then every thing else. The new principal is on top of every thing. He cares about the parents concerns and always willing and open to hear us. You see him at all school activities, in the classrooms, art, on the yard and in the morning at the drop off. I'm so glad I've made that decision!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2012
Bridges Charter School is THE BEST school in the Conejo Valley. My son is in the Middle School program where he takes Science, Math, Humanities, PE and rotating electives. He is thriving, he is motivated, he is happy and most importantly, he is learning. The CVUSD school district could learn a thing or 20 from this school. I pulled mine from CVUSD after several disappointing, frustrating years. My son learns through all sorts of ways now, hands on, interactively, lectures and books, and more. Even his Star Testing scores have gone up significantly! Take your kids here ... they will be looked at as individuals and not a number. They will be treated with respect and they will thrive.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2012
BRIDGES is an incredible school with a Whole Child educational philosophy. It is filled with educators that think outside of the box and care for each child's individual needs. The school focuses on hands-on projects, learning through doing, not always through a book or listening to a teacher lecture. This school is still academically rigorous and requires the dedication of the student's parents to see the vision of this school through. Everyone is expected to get onboard at this school and give for the greater good. No point in sending your kid here if you aren't willing to partake in your child's education! This school is pretty new and is going through changes, all for the better; it's a place where you can actually be part of the decision making in the type of education your child gets.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2012
Bridges is such a wonderful school! My son is in Kindergarten and I couldn't ask for a better teacher. We've done amazing projects in the classroom, like building a life size igloo while studying the arctic, making and glazing clay projects, creating their own calendars, and building their own visual alphabet each week, just to name a few. My son looks forward to school each and every day.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2012
My Nephew just transferred to Bridges mid-year and he LOVES it! He struggled at his last school, putting off homework until the last possible task of the day. His first day in Bridges he came home from school with a project and asked his Dad to do his homework right away. :-) He's involved and excited to learn now.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2012
As a parent, I love being in the classroom on a weekly basis. I have such a better understanding of my child and her needs educationally, socially, emotionally. She loves it too. My daughter wouldn't miss a day of school if Mickey Mouse invited her to Disnleyland she loves it so much. They pack so much exciting, hands on, project based learning each and every day. FIeld trips are plenty. Teachers make sure there is always room for exploration, discovery, experimentation. These kids are fired up about school. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is because it is new and still has some kinks, which is completely expected.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2012
Bridges has changed everything for our family! This school is truly a blessing. The whole concept of what they stand for and teach changes how a child feels about school, learning and what it truly means to be accepted for who you are. With parent participation being a requirement you not only get a group of kids with involved parents, you get a group of parents that WANT to be involved! We are excited to add another family member to the Bridges "family" when our youngest joins his sibling there for kindergarten there in the fall.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2012
This is our first year at Bridges and my children are very happy. Their teachers are all passionate about the school's vision and take their jobs very seriously. My kids are truly engaged with their learning, which coming from a world of being made to sit still and churn out worksheets, is a very welcome difference. I love that the staff works with the students to work out problems instead of jumping to place blame and dole out the punishment. My children know they have a voice. I agree that because the school is new, there are still some improvement to be made, but overall, we are very happy and I feel confidant my children are learning more than ever before.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2012
We LOVE Bridges Charter School!! All 3 of my kids are thriving in this alternative learning environment. Some of our favorite things- Music class, no assigned seats, communication circles, hands on projects, WONDERFUL teachers and support staff, friendly environment, community involvment, no busy work, very little homework....the list goes on and on! My kids jump out of bed every morning and can't wait to go to school! We never experienced this when my kids attended traditional public school!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2012
I have two extremely happy boys that attend Bridges Charter School. They are in Kindergarten and 3rd grade. Both of them are receiving a high-quality education in a loving environment. It is a pleasure to be one of the many, many volunteering parents. We are like a big family.

- submitted by a parent
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Bridges Charter School
1335 Calle Bouganvilla, Thousand Oaks, CA  91360
(805) 492-3569
Last modified Bridges Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bridges Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top