New Bridges Elementary empowers every child to learn and to grow into his or her best self--intellectually, creatively, socially, and emotionally. New Bridges is both an achievement-centered, academically rigorous environment driven by high expectations for our learners, and a holistic community school, focused on the development of the whole child through the active engagement of our families; the integration of the Arts; and the social and emotional education of our students.
Educators at New Bridges work with a very real, tangible sense of focus and direction, and we expect our students to live and learn the same way. Each element of our school culture, what we teach, and how we teach it, is rooted in the purpose and passion behind our learning; in a sense of community and belonging to one another; in preparation for college and careers; and in the development of our best selves.
New Bridges scholars and educators spend their day in a dynamic, consistent, and joyful environment which equally nurtures and pushes students towards becoming their best self. We ensure that, in every moment in which students are in our care and under our supervision, they are learning and growing. We place a high value on encouraging and developing student creativity. As such, our children are exposed to Music, Drama, Dance, Visual Arts, and authentic, hands-on learning experiences throughout the day. In line with our beliefs that all members of our community are teachers, we partner with our families in ways that contribute directly to increasing student achievement and growth. Finally, because we believe that who a child is should be as important as what they know, we prioritize their emotional and social development. By actively modeling and celebrating the DRIVE values of Determination, Respect, Integrity, Voice, and Engagement, we empower students to be their best--for themselves and for their community.
This vision is built upon four pillars, the core beliefs of our practice.