Admissions Season is Open!
We are now accepting applications on a rolling basis as space allows.
Thank you for your interest in applying to Bridge School’s elementary school! If you are interested in applying to our Beginners Preschool program, please click here. We have designed our admissions process with the intent of getting to know your family and your child(ren), and for you to get to know the philosophy and faces of our school.
We are intentionally a small school, and limit our enrollment. Our priority application deadline is March 15, 2021. After March 15, we will begin accepting applications on a rolling basis as space allows.
Elementary School Application Process
1. Contact Bridge School
Let us know that you are interested! e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (802) 349-1661 to get started. We can guide you through the application process.
2. Visit and Tour School
Come visit our school in a barn, so we can show you what makes Bridge School unique! Please call to schedule a tour.
Can’t make it here in person? Check out our virtual tour with Jen Grilly.
3. Fill out an Application and Financial Aid Application
Fill out the following application and return it to Bridge School along with your $25 application fee.
4. Attend Part of the School Day (older students only)
For older students, who are transferring from another school, we invite them to come spend all or part of a school at Bridge so that they can get a feel for school, and we can get to know them on a deeper level.
**10% sibling discount!**
Bridge School proudly offers a scholarship program for qualifying families.
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 do not exceed 40% of the annual tuition.
Bridge School is a Vermont state-approved independent K-6 elementary school.
(Independent school categories are defined below, for comparison.)
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, Granville, and Hancock.
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.
Bridge School complies with all applicable state and federal nondiscrimination statutes, including the Vermont Public Accommodations Act (9 V.S.A. Chapter 139), the Vermont Fair Employment Practices Act (21 V.S.A. Chapter 5, Subchapter 6) and Vermont State Board of Education rules 2226.6 and 2229.1.
As an approved independent school, Bridge School follows these enrollment policies:
1. All applications to Bridge School shall be made voluntarily.
2. No student shall be denied acceptance for enrollment in Bridge School on the basis of disability (as defined in Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended), or that the student is eligible for special education or undergoing the comprehensive evaluation process for special education, or on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or any other classification protected by federal or state law.
3. Bridge School may make acceptance decisions based on considerations including enrollment of other family members, meeting minimum academic or extracurricular activity preparation requirements, student and family agreement with the school’s educational philosophy, student willingness to participate in extracurricular programs and activities, and family willingness promptly to pay invoices for tuition, fees and other student expenses.
4. If the number of applicants to Bridge School exceeds capacity, enrollment decisions shall be based first upon continuing to enroll previously enrolled students and then upon considerations itemized in paragraph 3 above.