Newbridge Math & Reading Prep Academy

3850 Sullivant Drive

Columbus, OH 43228

Services Kindergarten through Sixth Grade

 

Each year, the number of students who enter school with circumstances in their lives that impede their educational success are increasing. Each student will need something different out of school, and we believe that each student is unique with distinct needs. These individual needs must be met prior to becoming a successful student.

Our vision involves a hierarchy of needs that we have identified as relevant to the educational process. These needs can be visualized as forming a pyramid consisting of, in ascending order, physical and biological needs, safety needs, emotional and love needs, self-esteem needs, and finally self-actualization. Each level must be at least somewhat firmly in place before the next level can be successfully met. The traditional approach to education starts at too high a position in the hierarchy, ignoring the more basic needs and only minimally addressing emotional and self-esteem needs. Because academic learning actually lies in the upper portion of this hierarchy of needs, attempts at education will not work unless the needs below this position in the hierarchy have been sufficiently filled.

We will begin the process of academic turn around by providing programs and systems that address each student’s hierarchy of needs. These programs will consist of initiatives that incorporate the family and the community. You cannot deal with a student’s emotional needs without affecting the environment in which they live. Connecting the family and community with the school will set the foundation for academic turn around to take place.

We take the proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” to heart. We understand that community and parental involvement makes an enormous impact on student achievement, student’s attitudes toward school, and their daily attendance. Involving families and the community in our educational processes will create strong partnerships with families and the community. Southwest Educational Development Laboratory states, "When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more”. We realize that the school’s strength lies in the hands of its families and the extent to which they become involved in the daily activities of students.

Community schools strive to bring together resources in the school, and community in order to produce students that will one day become effective contributors in society.  Newbridge Academy of Columbus, Ohio is no different. 

The goal is to become “the right school for the right reasons”.  Newbridge Academy nurtures the whole students with a holistic approach by offering wrap around services.  This entails addressing a student’s basic needs (physical, cognitive, emotional, and social) to achieve self-actualization.

Mission

NewBridge Math & Reading Preparatory Academy’s mission is to serve inner city children through a rigorous curriculum that demands hard work from students, advocates effective and ongoing diagnostic testing, and emphasizes basic skills to ensure that every student has the requisite foundation, knowledge and preparation to achieve academically and succeed in college.

Vision

NewBridge Math & Reading Preparatory Academy is a K-5 public school created to overcome the wide range of challenges faced by immigrant and other educationally at-risk students in Columbus, including critical cultural and language barriers that require unique approaches to learning.

Highlights

 

o   We are a diverse group of highly qualified educators with proven success in growing students academically. We are committed to the goal of preparing students for college career and life in a safe family environment. 

 

o   Multicultural educational institution serving grades K-8 to create students prepared to contribute to a diverse society in the 21st century. 

 

o   Full scale common core aligned curriculum, onsite community engagement specialist, onsite academic coach, and an academic enriching after-school care program that focuses on literacy.

 

o   Career Based Instruction focused curriculum. 

 

o   Large population of Somali students – English Language Learner supports to include ESL aides, curriculum, and a

Testing

 

Initiatives to increase the understanding of grade level curriculum, standardized tests, utilizing state test blueprints, ensuring instruction is appropriately paced, using data to drive instruction, and motivating students to learn.

·       Ohio State Tests (AIR)

o   Grade 4 was 18% proficient, and Grade 5 was 21% proficient for the AIR English Language Arts test.

 

o   Grades 3 was 22% proficient, and Grade 5 was 13% proficient for the AIR mathematics test.

 

·       NWEA MAP

o   Overall K-6 increased 6.7% in reading from the fall to winter test administration, with kindergarten increasing 7.6% overall.     

o   Reading – from the fall 16 to spring 2017 administration, grades K-6 all showed growth (increased overall RIT score). Please see chart below.

o   Math – from the fall 16 to spring 2017 administration, grades K-6 all showed growth (increased overall RIT score). Please see chart below.

 

Social-Emotional and Community Support Programs

v ETSS - Afterschool Program will include assistance to students to achieve their educational goals while providing cultural enrichment/social skills, health/wellness, and sports/physical activities.

 

v Parent Advisory Committee - Included in the After-School program is a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) providing a support system for parents and guardians. Parents will have the opportunity to attend quarterly meetings to learn how to support their children academically and address potential barriers to their children’s educational success.

 

v Bi-lingual assistants – are available to help parents communicate with teachers and administrators to ensure information is being relayed and understood.

 

vChildren's Hunger Alliance – will provide dinner to after-school students.

 

v Extracurricular Activities - time and assistance to complete homework, and participate in numerous academically and physically based programs which include: Readers’ Theater, computer classes, newspaper, Challenge 24 Math, Destination Imagination, team building, dance, and intramural basketball.

 

v Real Eyes – eye care program provided to our students to ensure able to see and have access to regular eye check-ups.

 

v YES - alcohol and drug abuse program. Provide formed and met weekly with a small group of 6th graders at NBA during the 2016-17 school year. Topics were social-emotional, drug and alcohol prevention strategies, etc.

 

v SMILES - Mobile Dental unit. This group provides annual visits and preventative dental cleaning to students at no cost.

 

v Half Price Books - Discount Book Company. Half Price Books has attended several school events. They have donated over 500 books to our students.

 

v Children’s Hospital Mobile Unit - Annual visit by this group provides free vaccinations, and examinations.

 

 

v SNAP Education - (Supplementary Nutritional Assistance Program) made weekly visits to K-6th classes to discuss and promote healthy eating and lifestyles.

 

v Caps4Kids - school supply and back pack donations.

 

v Starbucks- provide school supply donations to include pencils, paper, crayons, and pens.