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Freshman Bridge

The purpose of the Freshman Bridge is to enhance students' experiences in the transition from middle school to high school. The program includes technology orientation, skill-enrichment projects, engaging community-building activities, and an introduction to after-school opportunities. Students will

  • participate in academic activities (STEM project-based learning, science, math, literature, and writing);
  • learn about courses, credits, and the importance of your GPA;
  • visit the school's onsite College and Career Center;
  • meet the teachers;
  • explore choices for after-school programs, clubs, and sports;
  • get tips from upperclassmen about being successful in high school; and
  • tour the school.



How will I get to Freshman Bridge?

Milwaukee County Transit bus M-Cards will be distributed at the end of the first day. Parents will need to provide transportation for their student the first morning of the program.

Are meals provided?

Breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge!

Why should I attend Freshman Bridge?

This program is designed to help you be prepared for high school.

What if I miss a day?

Attendance is optional, but we highly encourage you to come every day.

What are the dates for Freshman Bridge?

August 2-3, 2018; times vary by location.


Sample Topics

To help understand what will take place during the Freshman Bridge sessions, here are some sample topics that each school may have – each school has flexibility in which sessions to offer.

  • South divisionHow to set and meet goals
  • Academic and career planning
  • How to manage your time/study wisely
  • What is a block schedule?
  • ACT test – what is it and why is it so important?
  • How to balance life as a high school student
  • How to ask for help in high school
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) expectations for high school
  • Self-care – how to take care of yourself during freshman year
  • Healthy high school relationships
  • Electronic devices – what is or isn’t allowed and how to use them as an educational tool
  • Social media – how to stay healthy and safe online
  • School scavenger hunt (find out where staff/rooms are located in your new school)

Why Freshman Bridge?

Reduce anxiety/stress

Meet your teachers, connect with upperclassmen, test your locker, learn where your classrooms are – ask questions to help you relax for the first day of school!

Understand how high school "works"

Learn which classes you need to take in order to graduate, understand the rules of standards-based grading, meet staff (other than teachers) who can help you during years one through four. Understand what it takes to walk across the stage your senior year proud of what you accomplished.

Learn from the experience of others

Listen to what upperclassmen have to say about having a successful freshman year – and which mistakes to avoid!

Connect to your school

Learn about extracurricular activities (sports, clubs, committees) so you can become a part of your school community. Did you know that if you participate in an extracurricular activity, your grades are likely to improve?

Life after high school

It may be difficult for you to picture, but your high school experience will go by very quickly. We want you to understand when to apply for scholarships, what types of grades you must have to earn a work permit, and what is required to attend school-related activities (such as prom). We want you to have a successful life after you graduate!

Practice skills for the classroom

Complete fun, interactive activities that prepare you for your upcoming classes. Practice the skills you will need in order to complete classwork.

Make connections

The more teachers and students you meet before day one of high school, the more comfortable you will be!


August 2-3, 2018

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