Assignment memo: Bridging middle school and high school

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Bridge programs

It’s just a few weeks or even a few days over the summer, but educators hope it might be enough to change someone’s life. As part of a national movement to prevent dropouts, high schools around the country are paying attention to their incoming ninth-graders a little early through bridge programs, giving students the chance to ease the transition to high school before the tests and papers start.

So how do these programs work? Do they really work? And, as many different extra programs are being slashed from budgets across the country, what does the future hold for bridge programs?

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POSTED BY ON June 30, 2010