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Woodlynde School's Summer College Bridge Program

For rising high school seniors and college freshmen
Woodlynde School's Summer College Bridge Program is designed to provide insight into the world of college academics and preparation for students who are about to embark on their post-secondary educational journeys. Designed primarily for students with learning differences, the program is open to students who have just completed their junior or senior years of high school, and it is open to both current Woodlynde School students and students from area public and private high schools.

This year's program will run from June 26 through July 21.

By using a holistic academic approach to college readiness, the program seeks to help students:
•   Gain insight into the outline, requirements, and format of college classes
•   Build upon the foundational skills they have already received in their current college-prep environments
•   Prepare for the academic requirements and rigor they will face during the freshman year of college



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Areas of Focus

The Summer College Bridge Program is broken into four key areas of focus that students with learning differences traditionally struggle with upon entering college. With the exception of College Academic Preparation & Study Skills, all courses are taught by Woodlynde School's expert and caring teachers.

Oral Communications

Designed to prepare students for success in 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

College Mathematics

This course will help students further develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills in relationship to concepts from Algebra and Geometry. The course is designed to prepare students for the academic rigor of an introductory-level college mathematics course and will cover concepts of:

•   Functions
•   Graphing
•   Linear Equations
•   Polynomials

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

College Academic Preparation & Study Skills

Taught by Kathleen Maxson, Student Disability Coordinator for Disability Services at Cabrini College
This course will help students understand specific study skills that will work for them in college, including:

•   Time management
•   Self-advocacy
•   Testing accommodations
•   Communication with professors
•   Anxiety management

Woodlynde School

445 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford, PA 19087-5498
Tel: 610.687.9660 
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 Kindergarten, elementary, middle 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 Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), 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.