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Guiding Principles

The design of The Bridge School's Education Program is guided by our values of:

  • Supporting our students' ability to communicate functionally in the educational environment
  • Identifying the most effective and efficient modes of communication across communication partners, environments, instructional contexts, and social activities
  • Providing students access to the general education curriculum through active participation in all classroom activities
  • Supporting the functional use of assistive technologies, including augmentative and alternative communication devices, techniques and strategies to maximize participation in daily life
  • Providing inclusion experiences and meaningful participation, both academically and socially, in appropriate grade-level general education settings and the community at large
  • Using both student-centered and family-centered planning approaches that incorporate each student’s and family's preferences and priorities
  • As part of instruction, providing training for communication partners in students' environments including home, school, and community
  • Ensuring educational accountability such that student assessment appropriately measures and tracks student progress to report to families, to guide instructional adjustments and decision-making, and for IEP purposes
  • Building functional and age-appropriate life skills across domains
  • Expanding our students' social networks
  • Encouraging self-determination as a life skill that leads to a positive quality of life
  • Using research findings as a resource for practice
  • Transitioning students to their home school districts in the least restrictive environment
  • Providing long-term support to students and their educational teams in the home school district