Where 4th-12th graders become engaged learners with a vision of their future

School-Year Programs

Our Core Program:
Bridge: Tools for Middle & High School

Here's a quick overview of forms and schedules. Scroll down for a more detailed description of what we do during Bridge class. Or click on the Calendar tab above for a more detailed schedule showing available space in classes.

Bridge class flier (PDF) for 2017-18 (after school) programs for the Culver City location and the Manhattan Beach location.

Bridge class flier (PDF) for Homeschoolers (during the school day) programs for the Manhattan Beach location.

Enrollment forms for Culver City and Manhattan Beach

  • Weekly small-group class for 4th-12th graders
  • Semi-private tutoring in all subjects
  • Organization & time management
  • Metcacognitive skills for learning about learning getting more out of schoolwork
  • Leadership coaching
  • Academic advising
  • Fee $250 per month for once a week (we give discounts for siblings/additional classes for second or third session per week)

School-Year Schedule - Enroll any time

DayLocationTime
MonCULVER CITY 3:45-5:45 pm
MonCULVER CITY 6:15-8:15 pm
MonMANHATTAN BEACH4:30-6:30 pm
MonMANHATTAN BEACH6:30-8:30 pm
TueCULVER CITY 1:45-3:45 pm
TueCULVER CITY 3:45-5:45 pm
TueCULVER CITY 6:15-8:15 pm
TueMANHATTAN BEACH4:30-6:30 pm
TueMANHATTAN BEACH6:30-8:30 pm
WedMANHATTAN BEACH9:30-11:30 am (Homeschool)
WedMANHATTAN BEACH12:00-2:00 pm (Homeschool)
WedMANHATTAN BEACH4:30-6:30 pm
WedMANHATTAN BEACH6:30-8:30 pm
ThuMANHATTAN BEACH9:30-11:30 am (Homeschool)
ThuCULVER CITY 3:45-5:45 pm
ThuCULVER CITY 6:15-8:15 pm
FriMANHATTAN BEACH3:30-5:30 pm
SatMANHATTAN BEACH9-11 am
SatCULVER CITY 12:30-2:30 pm
SatCULVER CITY 2:30-4:30 pm

Other workshops we offer throughout the year:

Mock Interview Workshops

  • Occasional three-hour workshops during application season
  • Role play as interviewer and interviewee
  • Speaking and presentation tips
  • Video review

School Application Essay Workshops

  • Occasional three-hour workshops durng application season
  • Draft and revise all written portions of applications

Winter and Spring Break Book Clubs

  • Morning camps during school recesses
  • Students read a new fiction book as a group
  • Fun, engaging activities that raise literary level
  • Get students reading outside of school

More on Bridge class

About Bridge: Tools for Middle & High School

Bridge is a two-hour weekly class that runs throughout the school year. You may enroll at any time. The goal of the Bridge program is to help each student develop as a Planner, a Scholar and a Leader. What this involves varies from student to student, but we use a combination of our own routines and activities at each class to help students work toward their individual goals. Students spend some of the time in very small groups (2 to 4 kids), some of the time working independently, and some of the time in one-on-one conferences with their EDvisors.

At each session, students get direct individualized instruction in organization and time management, how, when and why to study, and concepts in all academic areas in which they have a need. We also provide leadership coaching and visioning activities. While some might see leadership and vision as "extras," we believe they are fundamental for motivation and long-term fulfillment of goals. Leadership and visioning skills translate to better decision-making, more initiative and ownership and stronger communication - all of which contribute directly to school performance as well as future opportunities.

What does Bridge look like?

First 15 minutes:

Five to eight students come in, bringing their backpacks with all their school materials. They split up into age-appropriate groups, and each group holds a planning conference with an EDvisor. During the planning conference, the students empty out their backpacks, file papers, flip through notebooks and review and record assignments in their school planners. They may go online and check grades or homework lists. Guided by their EDvisor, they fill out a plan for that day's Bridge class, discussing how to prioritize and estimate time needed for assigned work. They reflect on the past week and actions they took to move toward their planning, scholarship and leadership goals.

100 minutes:

Students and EDvisors rotate in four 25-minute blocks, alternating between direct instruction and guided independent work. We encourage students not to just use this as a "homework club" to "finish" work. It is most valuable if they can tackle easier homework on their own time, or as a warmup at Bridge, and focus their time on homework with which they need assistance, questions they have from school classes that week, and studying for better comprehension or to prepare for upcoming tests. The room is set up with many different table configurations, so students have options to sit alone or with a partner or group. Computers with Internet access and printing are available at this time.

Last 5-10 minutes:

Students gather again in their conference groups and make reminder and schedule notes in their school planners or phones for the rest of the week.

Students bring their Bridge agendas home after each session, so parents can see what was covered, read notes from the EDvisors, and keep tabs on student progress toward their goals.