Academic Bridges

Academic Bridges provides structured support for rising Lakeside 9th graders transitioning to high school. The one-week program is designed to help students prepare for coursework and student life at Lakeside Upper School. The activities, panels, and workshops scheduled during this week emphasize effective studying, organizational strategies, digital literacy, and self-advocacy skills.

The program—which is run by a set of passionate and experienced Lakeside faculty and staff, assisted by several rising 12th-grade students—features morning workshops followed by several afternoon community-building activities. Two afternoons will be spent learning about Lakeside School’s service learning program and earning service learning hours by volunteering at a local non-profit organization. Two of the other afternoons will feature fun outdoor activities and an off-campus field trip.

Academic Bridges is geared towards students who would benefit from increased familiarity with the Lakeside campus and school culture leading into their 9th-grade year, as well as students who would like to improve their organizational and study skills. Enrollment is capped at 28 students.


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

2018 Program Information

Aug. 6 – 10
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
(Lunch is included.)


Financial aid is available.

Families will be billed as part of school tuition at the end of the summer. Students who receive school-year tuition assistance will receive the same percentage of aid toward the cost of Bridges.