The Peninsula Bridge Program is an academically challenging, tuition-free summer enrichment program created to educate, empower and enthuse students from low-income school districts on the San Francisco Peninsula. Founded in 1989 by a group of concerned community leaders, the program is designed to encourage students to work hard, visualize dreams, talk about goals and to create action plans that will help them achieve success in school and life. Lunch, transportation to and from school, and field trips are all included in the program, free of charge. Overarching objectives of our summer programs include the following:
- To prepare students for college preparatory classes, particularly Algebra I and English 1A.
- To educate students about life-long learning and the development of
strong intellectual habits.
- To develop self-esteem through academic and inter-personal achievement.
These objectives apply to all five Peninsula Bridge sites (i.e., Castilleja, Menlo School, Sacred Heart Prep, Woodside Priory, and Crystal Spring Uplands). In addition to the above objectives, the Bridge program at Crystal Springs has developed a mind/body program to educate students about healthy life choices, exercise, and nutrition, as a way to address the obesity epidemic in our society.
Though each site has its own distinct personality, the core elements of the Bridge Program (e.g., curriculum framework, timeframe, master teacher/student ratio, etc.) are consistent across all of the sites. With slight variations, the daily schedule is the same at each site. Each day begins with a group meeting that re-energizes and focuses everyone and promotes a sense of community and family. Meetings might include skits, games, or inspirational quotes. The students then head off to class and spend all morning in math and English classes.