Academics

Summer College Bridge Program

For rising high school juniors, seniors, and college freshmen

The Summer College Bridge Program presented by Woodlynde School prepares students for all that awaits them on their educational journey. Over the course of four weeks, rising high school junior, seniors, and college freshmen will gain insight into the world of college academics and learn the skills they need to thrive in the unfamiliar world of higher education. Developed and led by a team of Woodlynde School educators—experts in reaching and teaching students who learn differently—the Summer College Bridge Program demystifies post-secondary success for students in public, private, and parochial schools.

Summer College Bridge Program 2021 Dates: June 21 - July 16

Areas of Focus

The Summer College Bridge Program is divided into four key areas of focus that college freshman traditionally struggle with upon entering college. All courses are taught by Woodlynde School’s expert and caring teachers. 
Oral Communications
Designed to prepare students for success in the public speaking situations they will encounter in college, this course teaches students every step of the speech-making process, including:
  • Research and planning
  • Organization
  • Creating visual aids
  • Lessening anxiety
Written Communications
Students will gain confidence and proficiency in academic writing and an understanding of the rigor involved in college writing by learning to:
  • Improve analysis, support, and research skills
  • Augment the use of rhetoric and persuasive techniques
  • Understand and demonstrate revision and editing techniques
  • Utilize research-based arguments and examples
Mathematical Concepts for College Readiness
This course will help students further develop mathematical critical thinking and problem-solving skills in relationship to life on a college campus. This project-based math course is designed to both prepare students for the academic rigor of an introductory-level college mathematics course as well as situations involving higher level math concepts, including:
  • Creating and maintaining a budget
  • Managing a checking account and credit cards
  • Saving for the future
  • Understanding college loans and interest rates
21st Century Study Skills
This course addresses the executive functioning skills needed to be ready for college academics, with a key focus on virtual learning and using assistive technology.  Specific skills addressed include:
  • Time management
  • Self-advocacy
  • Testing accommodations
  • Communication with professors
  • Anxiety management
  • Assistive Technology Programs and Applications
Woodlynde School is a private, co-ed college prep day school located in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that serves intelligent, talented students with learning differences in grades K - 12. Woodlynde provides a comprehensive, evidence-based Kindergartenelementarymiddle and high school program in a challenging yet nurturing environment for students with average to above average cognitive abilities (IQ) who have language- or math-based learning differences (such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia), Executive Function Challenges, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Auditory Processing Disorder. Even for those students without a diagnosed learning disability (LD), Woodlynde offers expert and caring teachers in small classroom settings that support academic success. Woodlynde School also offers a post-graduate (PG) program in partnership with Rosemont College as well as a regional Summer Camp for students who learn differently.