We are a college access and completion organization that supports underserved, highly-motivated middle school, high school and college students with comprehensive, 12-year, year-round academic and social-emotional support.
Students join Peninsula Bridge as rising 5th graders, and participate in ongoing support through college graduation. During the past 25 years, we have prepared thousands of students for college preparatory high schools and 4-year colleges. We help break the cycle of poverty and greatly increase each student’s chance for success in school, life and career— empowering a next generation of employees, entrepreneurs and leaders from diverse backgrounds.
We offer several comprehensive programs, including mentoring and counseling, to bridge the education gap. We also provide opportunities to learn throughout the year, including after school and during the summer.
Scholars join a cohort in their 5th grade summer and participate in ongoing academic and enrichment programs with the same group of students every year. With a high quality teaching staff, engaging curriculum and long-term participant commitment, Peninsula Bridge prepares students—one at a time—to meet the challenges of academic success. We help level the playing field at each stage of a student’s development and provide support to keep them intellectually engaged and connected to a community of high-achieving peers from similar backgrounds.
One of the keys to our success is our close partnerships with both independent and public schools on the Peninsula. For 25 years, we have worked with six leading independent schools including The Nueva School, Castilleja, Crystal Springs Uplands, Menlo School, Sacred Heart Schools, St. Matthews Episcopal Day School, and Woodside Priory. The schools provide faculty and facilities for our summer program and their head masters serve on our Board of Directors. Peninsula Bridge also works with more than 40 public and independent schools from Mountain View, East Palo Alto, eastern Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Mateo and Foster City, to recruit and support high-achieving students for our program. We also partner with community professionals and agencies to offer professional development for our teachers.