What’s the Bridge School all about, anyway?
You may have driven past the Bridge School, a converted dairy barn with the big blue roof just off Route 7 in Middlebury, and asked that same question. We welcome parents and students to visit Bridge School to decide whether our academic approach and community-minded atmosphere are the right fit for your family.
Bridge School is currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis for all grade levels. When grade/age levels reach capacity, students, who have applied and been accepted, will be placed on a waiting list.
Bridge School is a Vermont state-approved independent K-6 elementary school.
(Independent school categories are defined below, for comparison.)
2016-2017 school year tuition is $9,500.00
Bridge School proudly offers a scholarship program for qualifying families. For 2015-2016, for instance, more than half of our students received substantial aid.
We approach our scholarship program with as much care and attention as we approach education. Our goal is to offer financial aid to as many students in need as possible. To meet this goal, our scholarships rarely exceed half of the annual tuition.
A document with greater detail on our process and a financial aid application can be downloaded here or you can pick up a copy at school.
Residents of towns without their own school can send their children to Bridge School and the town will cover all of the tuition. Towns in the region include: Buel’s Gore, Chittenden, Goshen, Granville, Hancock, Mendon, and Pittsfield.
Independent School Categories
Vermont statutes and State Board of Education rules authorize establishment of approved, recognized and distance learning independent schools, approved tutorials and approved educational programs
Approved Independent Schools
Bridge School is one of ninety-five approved independent schools operate in Vermont. They have varying educational philosophies and address a variety of student needs. Approved independent schools choose which grades they will serve and whether they will serve the general educational population only or the general and special educational population in one or more disability categories. Approved independent schools can receive tuition from public funds.
Obtaining approved status requires a school to submit a written application and undergo an on-site approval visit and review of the school’s organization, curriculum, facilities, staff qualifications, student health and safety, and financial qualifications.
Recognized Independent Schools
Thirty-eight recognized independent schools operate in Vermont. Recognized independent schools file an annual enrollment notice through which the Commissioner of Education obtains information about the school’s objectives, operating schedule, curriculum, assessment procedures and student demographics. Recognized independent schools may not receive tuition from public funds.