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Our classes for our junior high students 7th to 8th graders are two hours long.  Students come in once a week.   The maximum number of students per class is generally 9.  These classes are categorized as enrichment classes.  Enrichment classes are for students who are at or above grade level and want to go above and beyond what they are learning in their regular school classes. 

Our Junior High Reading and Writing Program is broken up into two semesters.    However, a new student can begin our program at any time and does not have to wait for the next unit to begin.


August 29, 2017 to January 20, 2018

During our fall semester, the 7th and 8th grade students will read with the purpose of building literary and textual analysis skills.  We have selected readings, each quite challenging that requires great skill in understanding complex imagery, interpreting deeper meanings, and formulating reflections upon the variety of cultural, historical, ethical, and philosophical undertones.  We will analyze the author’s perspective on the subject at hand, and we have built into our curriculum plenty of opportunities for students to understand, compare, and analyze different points of views.

During each reading, students will determine the tone, mood, and the message, and overall effect.  Next, students will not only tell the tone, mood, message, and overall effect of the literary piece, but rather, they will explain how the author makes that clear to the reader.  We will break down the text to figure out what techniques (word choice, sentence syntax, form and structure, sound devices, and imagery) the writer is using to build tone, mood, message, or overall effect.

Students will learn how to analyze the author’s technique and write a four to five paragraph textual analysis essay explaining their finding.  The essay will include the introduction paragraph, two to three elaborative supporting paragraphs with evidence and embedded quotes, and a concluding paragraph.  As an introduction to this semester, students will also write a few poems to practice poetic devices and form. Students will practice using the full writing process (prewriting, organizing, drafting, revising, editing).


January 22, 2018 to June 1, 2018

During our spring semester, the 7th and 8th grade students will read through a collection of short stories, both realistic and fiction.  Through close-reading techniques, students will analyze the effect of specific narrative techniques: plot twists, biased or multiple points-of-view, symbolism, indirect characterization, and foreshadowing.  Students will analyze each of these literary elements in the different stories read, for the purpose of understanding their function and effect.  Students will analyze the reasons why the author has chosen to incorporate these elements and how they affect the character’s development, the character’s internal or external conflicts, and how they shape the story’s plot and theme.

Throughout this semester, students will write both personal and fiction narratives.  Taking the same written strategies analyzed from the semester readings, students will practice them to enhance their storytelling.  We will provide the structure to ensure that students create a logical, clear, and focused storyline that includes each of the mentioned techniques (plot twists, biased or multiple points-of-view, symbolism, indirect characterization, and foreshadowing). Students will brainstorm elements needed to ensure their story includes a theme or overall message to connect the ideas of their story. Students will practice using the full writing process (prewriting, organizing, drafting, revising, editing).



Our Academic Year Program is broken up into two semesters.  However, a new student can begin our program at any time and does not have to wait for the next semester to begin.  Students come in once a week.  Please choose from the following classes:

  • Tuesday - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday - 3:20 to 5:20 p.m.
  • Thursday - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday - 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

1st Semester

August 29, 2017 to January 20, 2018


2nd Semester

January 22, 2018 to June 1, 2018



Thanksgiving Holiday : November 20, 2017 to November 24, 2017

Winter Break : December 25, 2017 to January 5, 2018

Spring Break : April 2, 2018 to April 6, 2018

Fees, Information & Policies

  1. How much does it cost? $45 per hour.  Our classes are 2 hours per week for a total of $90 per week.
  2. What do I need to pay when I register?  To register, you will need to pay a one-time registration fee of $25 on Eventbrite.  Upon registration, you will also be charged the registration deposit for the first 4 weekly sessions of $360 (or $320 if a sibling discount applies). The registration deposit will be applied to the first 4 sessions.  This amount is non-refundable. Please note that if you start sessions in the middle of our 4-session billing cycle, your first invoice will be reduced by any credit from your registration deposit.
  3. How do I register?  There are 2 simple steps to the registration process:
    • $25 Registration Fee. Please register online by clicking on the “Register Now” button to reserve your child’s spot in the class and pay the $25 registration fee.  The registration fee is nonrefundable. After you pay the registration fee on Eventbrite, you will automatically be directed to the Registration Form.
    • Complete the Registration Form. After you pay the registration fee, the registration system will automatically direct you to the Registration Form.  The Registration Form will require parent’s contact information, student information, and the credit card authorization for the recurring 4-session payments.  Your registration will not be accepted until the Registration Form is completed and submitted. Upon receipt of the Registration Form, we will charge your credit card the registration deposit for the first 4 weeks of $360 (or $320 if a sibling discount applies).  This is nonrefundable.
    • After you pay the registration fee and complete the registration form, we will send a Welcome Email within 2 to 3 days to confirm your child’s enrollment in our program.
  4. What are the terms of service? When you register you must agree to our Instructional Agreement.  Please review it carefully.  You may also download a pdf copy of the Instructional Agreement.
  5. How do I pay for the fees?  Our billing cycle is every 4 sessions (not every four weeks).  You will not be billed for holiday weeks.  Every 4-session period, we will automatically bill your credit card for the next 4 sessions.
  6. Do I have to pay by credit card?  Yes, and we do require a credit card to be kept on file for automatic billing.  The online credit card form is secured by SSL protocol and data encryption through Formstack.
  7. Do you offer sibling discounts?  Yes. For students with siblings in our program, the hourly rate is $40 for the additional sibling.  For example, if there are 2 children from one family, one child will be at $45 per hour and the sibling will be at the reduced rate of $40 per hour.
  8. What is the class size?   Up to 8 or 9 students.  However, some classes could be larger.
  9. How do I get on the waitlist if the class is full?  To be put on a waitlist for any of our classes, please submit a waitlist request and provide the requested information.  During the beginning of the academic year, we are always adding new classes so please submit a waitlist request.  We will pull students off the waitlist first when we open new classes.
  10. Is there a minimum contract period?  There is no minimum contract period.  We do not obligate you to any long term contract, but you must give 30 days prior written notice to withdraw from classes.
  11. What is your absence policy? There are NO REFUNDS  for absences.  However, you may email us at to request a make-up class for another day during the same week. Make-up classes are not guaranteed and are subject to availability.
  12. What if I am late to pickup my child?  As stated in our Instructional Agreement, if the student in not picked up within 15 minutes after the end of class, there will be a $25 fee for each occurrence.
  13. Is there homework?  Students at Bridges will not receive any homework.  All work is done at Bridges.
  14. How many times a week does my child have class at Bridges?  Students come to Bridges once a week.
  15. Can my child bring a snack to Bridges?  In consideration of some of our students that have severe food allergies that could be life-threatening, we have a strict policy of limiting the type of snacks that your child may bring to Bridges.  Here is a list of approved snacks. All other snacks are strictly prohibited. Please do not give your child any snacks to bring to Bridges that are not on this list.  This list is periodically updated.
  16. Do you require an assessment prior to registration?  No, an assessment is not required prior to registration.  It is only necessary for students with reading & writing skills significantly below grade level.  If you have any questions, or would like to discuss your child’s reading & writing skills, we offer free consultations with our education director.  Please submit a request by click on the Questions tab on the bottom of the page.