It would be a very low rating.
School was good but some teachers discriminates students that my kid do not want to go to school.
Our experience at Bridges PCS has been phenomenal. I thought my child was destined for an institutionalized education, but Bridges has been our lifeline. After I was dismissed by DCPS regarding my sons needs (and watching his emotional deterioration as a result), I sought alternative schools. Even the most expensive, comprehensive schools told me they didn't have the resources to help my child. My educational consultant strongly recommended Bridges and I inquired. They welcomed him with open arms and were nonplussed about his challenges. They'd seen everything. They were right, within weeks he was excited to go to school, which was unprecedented. He made rapid academic gains. The staff is unbelievably responsive, they answered questions I'd forgotten I'd asked (sometimes there were quite a lot). This school is truly a hidden gem.
Overall the strength at Bridges has historically been in its early childhood program and there are still growing pains in the upper grades that have been added over the last few years. The parent community at this school has many opportunities to receive information, ask questions and participate in activities and events. The return on investment for that participation is a greater understanding about what is going on inside the building and a empowerment to speak up with questions, concerns and praise when appropriate.
This school is not the school for my family. There is no order or discipline structure in place and so therefore, effective instruction can't not happen. I participated in the lottery to get my child here and I am BEYOND disappointed. They are more interested in obtaining money for smart boards for art and music??? versus addressing the real problems like discipline, effective teaching, testing scores, PARKING. This is a school that's more interested in their outward appearances rather than your child's needs and no offense to those with special needs but if your child is general education/gifted STAY AWAY from this school they can not meet the needs of your child. You will be wasting your time at this school. These are a bunch of over paid and overdressed unprofessionals. Getting EXTRA federal funding to warehouse your children and teach them nothing.
My daughter is in PK at Bridges, and we just love it. She is learning a ton in a fun, child-centered environment. I love that the teachers create month-long teaching themes based on what the kids express an interest in. It is a real play-based program where the kids learn to love learning through play. I am excited to be a part of a school that does such a good job of meeting each child where he or she is. The school is also incredibly organized, with a fantastic director and principal. The best part is that now that the school is expanding, my daughter can get a top-quality education at one of the most diverse schools in DC through 5th grade (definitely not the case at my local DCPS).
I love Bridges!! At first I was apprehensive to send my 3 yo Daughter to a school located in a commercial strip mall-like setting but, after meeting the teachers and staff and other parents - i couldn't be happier. They're learning to walk outside (they have no playground and have to walk 1 1/2 blocks to the nearest) and cross the street - as all city kids should learn to do. The teachers and assistant's are very attentive - small classes; and instruction is curtailed to each child's learning level. The school is also very diverse - which was important for me.
I am a parent of a PK3 Penguin from last year 2012-13. My son LOVED going to Bridges and thrived. It is a small school with a tremendous staff of caring, smart, knowledgeable staff. As the youngest in his PK3 class he was hesitant. It was his first experience in school outside his small daycare setting. The focus in the classroom was on learning and fun and love and support. He got a lot of all four. In the classroom there was a teacher and an aide for a class of about 16 (plus ancillary support people). The teacher had great credentials and experience and the aide came with 20+ years in DCPS. They were both professional, caring and skilled at managing and teaching all things toddler. The classroom was super organized with lots of things to experience...and then they brought in more:butterflies, science Friday, art projects, number fun, engaging reading. They went on extensive Field trips throughout DC and played outside everyday. The focus is inclusion and there were kids with challenges in the class, who all the other children accepted and supported with grace. I could not have asked for a better space for my child to feel supported in his learning.
Our non-special needs son is in his second PS/PK year at Bridges and has really thrived. As another parent says, because all students are evaluated often, we get thorough reports from teachers. What's more, thanks to this, small class sizes and an astute teacher, our son has been given assignments tailor-made for his skill level. Our son loves Bridges and his teachers. The Web site could be better for sure, but otherwise, it's been a great experience.
I always had the though, to have my daughters in a charter school because of so many good comments I heard about this school. My daughter turned 3 years when she started at Bridges and she still in it, now in 2013 she s in kindergartner, I love the fact that she s is very smart and learns everything so fast. She loves the school and she is very advance in her education than where she s supposed to be of her age. Everyday she learns something new and she gets 4 smiley faces. I'm so glad and happy that Bridges will extend the grades until grade 5. Until than I can have my oldest daughter while her young sister start just like she did one day. Thanks Bridges for all the hard and good work you are giving to our children's, Thanks for your excellent education.