Recipients of Charles Hayden Foundation Grants
2 McLellan St
Boston, MA 02121
Our Mission: Bridge Boston Charter School students thrive in a challenging, joyful, inclusive K1-8 public school community that values close partnerships with families and focuses on the whole child. Our students will develop the skills necessary to excel academically in rigorous high schools, reach their individual potentials, and view themselves as creators of their own futures. Through full-service programming, Bridge Boston Charter School works to remove the health and social obstacles that hinder student learning. Organization History & Overview: Chartered on February 28, 2011, Bridge Boston Charter School (BBCS) is a tuition-free, public school with a commitment to academic excellence, a vibrant community, and full-service programming that helps each child reach his or her own potential. The school opened on September 6, 2011, with 72 students in pre-Kindergarten (K1) and Kindergarten (K2). In this, our third year, we have 146 students enrolled in K1, K2, 1st grade and 2nd grade. We will add one grade per year until we reach eighth grade and a total of 335 students. As a public charter school, Bridge Boston is open by lottery to all eligible students. We deliberately recruit children who could most benefit from our program by recruiting through homeless shelters, medical clinics, homeless day care centers, family stabilization teams, Department of Children and Families, and housing developments. Bridge Boston's founding group came together due to their long-held commitment to serving economically disadvantaged children in Boston. Of 13 Board members, 7 have been closely involved with the Epiphany School in Dorchester as founders, administrators, teachers, Board members, and volunteers. The other members of our Board represent a diverse group of individuals with strong ties to the Boston community who share a deep commitment to Boston's children. Bridge Boston's goal is to create, in a public setting for younger students, a school with many of the keys to Epiphany's success, including high expectations; a unique Master Teacher/Teaching Fellow model; a rich curriculum; expanded learning time; full-service programming; family partnerships; a focus on the whole child; a coherent, strong school culture; and good governance.