Bridge Prep is the first public school in New York State and one of a few in the nation designed specifically to meet the needs of students with dyslexia and other language-based disabilities, a concept conceived by the team here at Borough Hall. Learn more about Bridge Prep by visiting the school's website: https://bridgeprepcharter.org/.
"Tim and his team are going to do miracles and open so many doors," said BP Oddo, referring to Tim Castanza, Bridge Prep's Co-Founder and Executive Director, during the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Michael J. Petrides Educational Complex. "Finally, there is a place for our kids to flourish."
Teachers use the multi-sensory approach to learning known as Orton-Gillingham, which allows students to use their individual strengths and senses to connect language to words.
Tim Castanza who said he has "the best job in the world,” quoted in reference of Borough President Oddo’s commitment to making this project a reality: "'One of the best gifts a leader can give is hope,’ … Thank you for backing that hope up with action."
Every day when these students arrive at school, they recite their mantra to reinforce how special and amazing they are: "I am Bold. I am Bright. I am Unique." These first-grade and second-grade students are the first of countless others who will follow as this school grows.
Congrats to all who made Bridge Prep a reality and good luck to all of our Bridge Builder students in the first year at their new school!