Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A few openings still available at Bridges PCS

Sorry for the downtime. I did a trip out west, work is its normal brutal self, and I've been fighting a bug as of late. More posting (hopefully) tonight. In the meantime, from my better half...
I'm a very pleased parent of a pre-schooler at Bridges Public Charter School, and I wanted to pass along that Bridges ( still has pre-school openings available (ages 3 and 4). This early-education inclusion school is uniquely designed to serve the needs of pre-schoolers/pre-K'ers with and without special needs, speaking primarily English or Spanish. Classroom size ratios are 1 teacher and 1 assistant teacher to approximately 8 - 14 students. Unlike at regular DCPS schools, the entire $15,000 - $16,000 dollars allocated per student actually go to the student's school and completely skip the DCPS bureaucracy. This means thousands of extra dollars being spent to directly affect the student.

I wish there was a great charter school in Bloomingdale, and hopefully there will be soon. In the meantime, Bridges is located in Columbia Heights, and is of course free to all District residents. Children are not required to be potty-trained, which I share because I was concerned my child wouldn't be ready in time for school. We had a breakthrough at the last minute, but I understand how heartbreaking it would be for a child to miss out on a great pre-school opportunity only because the timing was off. School hours are 8:30am - 3:00pm M-F, except Wednesdays which are 8:30am - 1:15pm; however both "before-care" and "after-care" are available.

If you're the parent of a 3 or 4 year-old, still looking for a gentle, early-education focused environment for your young child, call Bridges or drop in for a classroom visit before Friday, October 5th and see if this small school suits your family's needs.

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