Bridge Elementary provides each student a personalized education through implementation of a Personalized Learning Plan (PLP). Students engage in learning through computer-aided instruction, stations, small group instruction and additional instruction delivered by specialist teachers. Bridge educators implement a growth mindset using John Hattie's visible learning strategies to foster the development of key learning dispositions (reflective, determined, flexible, enthusiastic, thorough, and initiative). Classroom teachers are provided a minimum of 15 hours each week to analyze data, collaborate with peers, and develop instructional activities that align with the student's PLP.
Bridge does not assign "homework" in the traditional sense of the word. PLP Goal Activities are part of the student's Personalized Learning Plan. The activities are designed to provide a student with deliberate practice to help the student achieve his or her learning goals. Although working on learning activities outside regular school hours is optional, it is our belief that by taking ownership of their own learning, students will be enthusiastic about completing activities which will help them attain their goals.
Charter schools are public schools created by a group of parents, educators and/or community leaders who see an educational need in their community and want to meet that need. They are authorized to operate as a public school by the Utah State Office of Education and are open to all students in Utah. Charter schools were created to improve public education and have specific educational missions and focuses. Like other public schools, charter schools may serve students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Bridge is authorized to serve students K-6.
Charter schools offer parents and students additional choices about where students attend school and the school’s curricular emphasis. They allow educators freedom to try new strategies to inspire students and to experiment with innovative ways of educating students. Also, charter schools allow individuals and organizations outside of the traditional education system to create and run public schools.
Yes - Utah charter schools are open to all students who reside within Utah.
Yes - because charter schools ARE public schools they are required to teach to the same state core standards and give the same assessments as traditional public schools.
No - Charter school Board Members are volunteers that donate hundreds of hours to further the cause of providing a quality education for students to address unmet needs in the educational system. Board Members receive no compensation for their service.
Consistent with all public schools in Utah, teachers at charter schools must be licensed, certified teachers or be qualified to teach under an authorization provided through the Utah State Office of Education. Parents have the right to request and receive information on the qualifications of their child’s teacher. If you have any questions or want more information, please contact the school administration.
Further information about charter schools can be found at the following websites:
Research clearly shows that family involvement is a crucial element for student success. Bridge Elementary asks that families volunteer a minimum of 30 hours each year. Occasionally, Bridge Elementary administration will allow parents to donate money or items in lieu of volunteer hours.