Bridge Boston Charter School has all the time-tested hallmarks of a traditional high-quality charter school: high expectations, strong academics, strikingly dedicated teachers. Yet it has one unique overriding feature: founded to nurture and serve the city’s most vulnerable children, it is designed with the whole child—and the whole family—in mind.
“The majority of our students are low income,” explained former Executive Director Yully Cha. “20% are homeless or have been, 20% receive services from the Department of Children and Families, 25% are receiving special education services, 39% are English language learners.”
“We believe that for students to succeed, their basic needs have to be met: housing, nutrition, clothing, social and emotional wellness, safety. So we go beyond academics, partnering with community organizations to connect our students with all those services. For instance, New England Eye sends their Vision Van to give eye tests to our students, making glasses on the premises for those who need them. In the new schoolhouse, our family resource room will have technology and training for parents — and even a washer and dryer. ”