Recent research from University of Chicago shows that non-cognitive skills and strategies, attitudes and behaviors youth use in and out of the classroom are critical to their success in school and life.*


Peninsula Bridge is committed to developing the following five non-cognitive skills that contribute to our students’ academic success:

  1. Academic behaviors - An emphasis on engagement and effort.
  2. Academic mindset - Working on attitudes, beliefs and a sense of belonging.
  3. Academic perseverance - A focus on tenacity and overcoming distractions.
  4. Learning strategies - A focus on tactics that help our students think, remember and learn.
  5. Social skills - Working on behaviors that allow students to interact with adults and peers in positive and productive ways.

Developing adolescents as learners requires more than improving test scores. It requires paying attention to mindset, skills, strategies and behavior as well as content knowledge and academic skills. By creating a supportive learning environment with healthy optimism, Peninsula Bridge students focus on how to learn instead of what to learn. Our students develop the tools, thinking skills and habits of mind that help them understand what is possible for themselves and allow them to successfully manage new environments and meet new academic and social demands.