North Bridge Academy is an independent school that meets the specific educational and social emotional needs of high potential students with language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia. Recognizing the unique strengths and natural gifts of each student, the program enables them to reach their academic and personal potential and empowers them with a sense of confidence and mastery.
North Bridge Academy believes that our students are capable of levels of achievement they previously have not been able to demonstrate. We recognize that to educate them effectively, we need to take into account multiple factors that are not typically addressed in conventional K-8 settings. Grounded in these beliefs, we teach students in ways they were meant to learn by using multi-sensory, sequential, phonics based instruction tailored to meet their individual learning profiles.
Dyslexic learners have many talents and unique abilities. They often possess abundant creativity, strong reasoning skills, curiosity, visual spatial thinking capabilities, and a keen conceptual ability to see the “big picture.” These are essential 21st century skills. The world needs them, and it needs them to think in ways that come naturally to them. Project based learning, a multi-sensory curriculum, an integrated enrichment program, strong social emotional instructional support and the space to thrive in an environment that understands their needs is best for our students’ ways of learning. We believe that in the hands of qualified teachers, these approaches combined with consistent assessment of learning progress levels the playing field between our students and their neuro-typical peers.
Small class sizes and personal attention are vital. Individual attention provided to each student allows teachers to customize instruction to identify a student’s individual academic needs, to support their learning styles more thoroughly, and to promote their social development. As well as maximizing opportunity for individualized attention, small class sizes provide opportunity for discovery, allowing students ample time for creative expression, thoughtful deliberation and inquiry. These opportunities promote confidence, self-advocacy and a sense of belonging to our community.