Academic Bridges provides structured support for incoming Lakeside 9th graders transitioning to high school. The two-week program is designed to help students prepare for Lakeside Upper School courses and develop independence, academic self-confidence, and study skills.
Students work with Lakeside faculty and upperclassmen in small group settings. In writing and math classes, students develop high-school study skills and organizational strategies, and become familiar with Lakeside’s library, technology, and learning-resources programs.
Bridges also helps students physically and socially navigate their new school. Classes are taught by Lakeside’s math and English faculty, and take place on the Upper School campus. All participants are members of the incoming freshman class. Rising seniors serve as teaching assistants, mentor the new students, and lead interactive community-building sessions that let students build connections with their classmates.
Academic Bridges is open to incoming Lakeside 9th graders, including students who have attended Lakeside Middle School. Space is limited. Participant selection is based upon a student’s admissions portfolio, teacher/advisor recommendation, past math and writing performance, and potential for growth within the program.
After the program, my son was: READY! It was wonderful to see him walk out the door on the first day, hop into his carpool without questions looming. I think the feeling of community paired with the first-hand sense of academic expectations set him up to feel successful. - Current Upper School parent