Our Approach

The 9th Bridge School Education Model

9th Bridge School’s Approach to Learning

9th Bridge School takes a Project-Based approach to learning, and we believe that learning should be student-inspired, inquiry-driving, and experiential.  Our curriculum is built upon the importance of Social & Emotional Development, Critical Thinking, and Integrated Academic Skills (see Content Areas).

Project-Based Learning

Project-Based Learning is a curriculum approach to teaching and learning that integrates subject areas and connects rigorous academic work to authentic, real-world problems while prioritizing students’ interests, wonderings and questions about the world around us.  Students gain knowledge and skills by working for sustained periods of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.


Social-Emotional Learning

Social & emotional development has been at the cornerstone of 9th Bridge School since its inception.  Students who are able to identify their emotions, navigate social interactions and resolve conflict with peers are better positioned to tackle the challenges of life.  For this reason, we prioritize teaching our students the necessary language and communication skills through the utilization of developmentally appropriate practices, nurturing classroom environments and knowledge of executive functioning skills to promote individualized social-emotional support.


Critical Thinking

At 9th Bridge School, we emphasize “thinking” as a tool to make sense of the world.  As opposed to rote memorization, true critical thinking in schools should add value to prepare children to become self-directed leaders who can make good decisions, reason through complex real-world situations, get along with others and contribute in a positive way in the world. We believe children have to actively work towards building stronger connections in the brain to avoid being easily swayed by superstition, false information, assumptions, and overgeneralizations.


Integrated Academic Skills

The fast-paced, ever-changing nature of the 21stCentury demands that students are ready to engage in the world in non-traditional ways.  The integration of academic knowledge and skills is the intentional merging of content areas like reading, writing, math, science and social studies.  Learning through integrated academic skills helps provide children with the tools necessary to make connections across seemingly unrelated questions, problems, ideas or pieces of information.  This skillset will distinguish our students as innovators and entrepreneurs for the remainder of the 21st Century.


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