While our program primarily supports underserved middle school students from three local school districts, our program sites are located on the campuses of some of the finest independent schools in the area. The independent schools host the program and provide in-kind classroom space and the use of their facilities, which enables us to allocate most of our budget directly to site directors, teachers and teaching assistants/student mentors. Many of the independent schools have hosted a Bridge program for over 16 years. The list of schools include the following:
Castilleja School (http://www.castilleja.org) established in 1907, is dedicated to providing a rigorous college preparatory education for young women in grades six through twelve. It is the only non-sectarian all-girls middle and high school in the San Francisco Bay Area. Located in Palo Alto, the school benefits from the proximity of Stanford University and Silicon Valley, and its student body reflects the region's ethnic and economic diversity.
Crystal Springs Uplands School (http://www.csus.com) is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6-12 with a student body of 350. Founded in 1952, the school is located on a beautiful 10-acre suburban campus on the San Francisco peninsula in Hillsborough, California. CSUS endeavors to equip students with a feeling of joy in lifelong learning by encouraging individual leadership, cooperative interaction, intellectual risk-taking, and a respect for one's self and for the view of others. The school believes that students learn best in an environment that promotes learning in diverse ways about a complex world and nurtures the individual within a community of mutual trust, caring and respect.
Menlo School (http://www.menloschool.org) is dedicated to providing a challenging academic curriculum complemented by outstanding fine arts and athletic programs. The school helps students to develop positive values and nurtures character development in a supportive environment, which upholds the highest moral and ethical standards. Menlo's program encourages students to reach their fullest potential, developing the skills necessary to respond intelligently and humanely to the complexities of an increasingly diverse world.
Pinewood School (http://www.pinewood.edu) is a private, independent, non-denominational school located in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills serving grades K-12. The school seeks to create an educational environment where students may acquire academic stamina, intellectual maturity, self-esteem, and a high standard of behavior. Pinewood strives to provide students with the skills necessary for success in school and beyond through a strong college preparatory curriculum that emphasizes the importance of reading, writing, computation, communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Sacred Heart Schools - Sacred Heart Preparatory (http://www.shschools.org) is a co-educational, Catholic, independent high school of 455 students located in Atherton, California. Sacred Heart Preparatory is part of the over 200 school strong network of Sacred Heart schools throughout the world. The more than 100 courses in the Prep's eight academic departments have received University of California approval for credit. We develop a lifelong love of learning within the context of a solid set of values. Since 1898, Sacred Heart has been committed to each student's total development: spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical.
Sacred Heart Schools - Lower & Middle School (http://www.shschools.org) The Lower and Middle School of the Sacred Heart Schools is committed to the development of the whole child. This is accomplished by following the Goals and Criteria of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools. Designed to foster a life-long love for learning, the Lower and Middle School academic program offers all students the challenge of discovering and mastering new ideas while encouraging them to maximize their potential across the curriculum in a caring and nurturing environment. This division of the SHS community, which covers grades 1-8, seeks to create an academic atmosphere of support and collaboration in which every student can thrive, grow, and excel.
Saint Francis High School (http://www.sfhs.com) was founded by the Brothers of the Holy Cross, and is a Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory secondary school located in Mountain View. Saint Francis High School is committed to providing the finest college-preparatory program in an inclusive family environment, encouraging students to achieve their highest potential through:
- Spiritual development, which expresses their Christian values in the convictions of their heart and the actions of their hands;
- Intellectual development, which translates their knowledge and skills into independent and creative thinking;
- Social development, which transforms their activities and experiences into leadership in and service to the community.
St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School (http://www.stmatthewsday.org/) was founded in 1953 as an independent, co-ed Episcopal Day School. The Day School enrolls 230 students in Preschool through Eighth grade. We offer an enriched academic program that develops intellectual curiosity, self-confidence, moral courage, and the habits of heart that prepare them to be leaders of positive change, in their high schools and their world.
Woodside Priory School (http://www.woodsidepriory.com) is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory school in the Benedictine tradition. The Priory's mission is to assist students of promise in becoming lifelong learners who will productively serve a world in need of their gifts.