Fostering curiosity about the world
Empowering life-long learners
Bridges’ friendly, nurturing and professional staff provides creative, unique and thrilling activities geared to the interests of the children. Its uniqueness is attributable, in part, to its small size which affords the opportunity for a cohesive and dedicated group of teachers, parents and children. Bridges has been a wonderful experience for my son and our entire family.
The History of Bridges School
Bridges was founded in 1986. Designed to be a small, progressive school, it began in a private home. As it grew, Bridges needed more space and was housed at the Old Greenwich-Riverside Community Center.
In 2008, Bridges was fortunate to purchase the historic, shingle-style gable building from the town, which was once a town elementary school that was constructed in 1904. After a complete renovation, Bridges now serves 74 children in a space that incorporates architectural elements that support the Reggio Emilia approach.
Students explore their creativity in an art studio that is filled with color and light. They learn about the importance of taking care of our planet by recycling, conserving, and studying the science and nature laboratory of the North Mianus River, which is literally in Bridges’ front yard.
The spaces of this building have enabled the community to create a sensory room, a block room, and a gymnasium space, fostering movement and exploration within a child’s day at school.
Bridges is a community of learners. As such, our teachers are lifelong learners. We learn with the children, and we reflect regularly on our practice as educators. This is central to learning and teaching at Bridges. We work in teams, planning innovative and stimulating programs that are generated from the children’s ideas, documenting classroom activities and events, and communicating directly with each family.
Bridges teachers work to regularly continue their education through teacher training workshops, seminars, and conferences in the United States and abroad. Teachers regularly attend the Reggio Emilia school in Italy to learn more about the approach that has influenced Bridges’ teaching and learning style for more than thirty years.
Two Year Program
Three and Four Year Program
Music & YogaLaura Florio
School NurseJoAnn D'Andrea
Assistant DirectorDawn Ginste