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School District 27J hopes to relink with dropout students through Bridge Academy

BRIGHTON, COLO. (Aug. 7, 2014) – School District 27J is continuing its mission of providing pathways to success for all students with the launch of its newest program, Bridge Academy.
Bridge Academy will open for the 2014-15 school year inside the Brighton Learning and Resource Center, 1830 E. Egbert St., Brighton. The program is targeted toward 17- to 20-year-old young adults who have already dropped out of school or who are at high risk of dropping out.
Bridge will utilize a “blended learning” model, with a web-based curriculum and on-site mentors. Students will work towards completing the required credits for a diploma at their desired pace during school hours, as well as be able to work online outside of school. Supports will include emphasis on a successful transition to post-secondary goals, both through college and career.
This marks the second consecutive year that School District 27J is launching a new program with an emphasis on providing additional options for student success. Last year the district launched BOLT Academy, a blended learning school that combines the appeal of online learning with the stability of a classroom environment. BOLT is also housed inside the Brighton Learning and Resource Center and there will be opportunities for the programs to support each other and provide additional opportunities for students.
“Our goal is to give all of our students a path to succeeding in the classroom and receiving their diploma,” said 27J Superintendent of Schools Dr. Chris Fiedler. “We also know that path has different twists and turns for each student. When we are able to increase the options available for our students, then we give all of our students a better opportunity to have their path lead to receiving that diploma.”
27J is also proud to share that they will partner with Colorado Youth for a Change to reach out to students who have dropped out of school. CYC [youthforachange.org] is a non-profit organization committed to lowering the state’s dropout rate.
“Colorado Youth for a Change is excited to partner with 27J through the Bridge Academy,” said Herb Quintana, CYC Board Chair. “We admire the district’s commitment to serving all students and share the belief that youth can rise above seemingly insurmountable obstacles and return to school, graduate, and pursue educational endeavors.”
Bridge is expected to serve 15 to 30 students in its first year. Students will complete an application process including an interview with the principal and/or Bridge Coordinator. In the event that there are more applicants than program capacity, a tiered admission “priority” system has been created to admit those candidates most likely to be successful, including a provision to ensure that in-district applicants receive priority consideration over out-of-district applicants. Bridge Academy is also expected to be a self-supporting program because its funding will come from students who had previously dropped out of school or are not currently enrolled.

About School District 27J: School District 27J educates more than 16,000 students from Brighton, Commerce City, Thornton, and a portion of the city of Aurora and encompasses parts of Adams, Broomfield and Weld counties. Our mission is to equip our students with the tools and knowledge to succeed now and in the future.