The School Program
Located in the San Francisco Bay area, our educational program serves students with complex communication needs associated with severe speech and physical impairments. Students attend a 180-day regular school year program between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The length of the school day is dependent upon individual students' age and grade level.
Our educational program is based on the principle of providing students with severe physical and speech impairments with the supports needed to participate in age-appropriate curricular activities. We focus on supporting the language and communication development of each of our students, with emphasis on developing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems for each learner.
The Bridge School educational program is designed to:
- assist students in working towards communicative competence through the use of AAC systems and strategies
- provide students access to the general education curriculum through active participation in all classroom activities
- maximize each studentís educational potential by providing access to assistive technologies for learning and literacy development
- provide long-term, ongoing, individualized support to students and their educational teams in their home school district
Two classrooms serve up to fourteen students each school year. All students have educational inclusion opportunities within an age-appropriate general education class on the shared North Elementary/Crocker Middle School campus. The weekly inclusion schedule is based on the team's educational priorities for each student for the school year. Bridge School students are accompanied by a Bridge School staff member for all inclusion activities at North/Crocker Schools.