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Freshman Bridge

  • Alliance Freshman BridgeAcademic areas of focus (GE Essential Skills, literature and writing, science, math, STEM project-based learning)
  • Find your locker, get your ID, and tour the school
  • Understand how high school works
  • Meet your teachers
  • Check out after-school programs, clubs, and sports
  • Get tips from older students
  • Learn about credits and the importance of your GPA
  • Visit your school's onsite College and Career Center



How will I get to Freshman Bridge?

As long as you can get to the school on the first day, transportation (in the form of bus cards) will be provided.

Will I be able to eat lunch?

Lunch will be provided free of charge! You need energy in order to make it through the day.

Why should I attend Freshman Bridge?

This program is designed to help you be prepared for high school. Your new classmates will be attending. We want you to have as much information as possible and be able to let your school know what you need in order to have a great year. This program is designed for you!

What if I miss a day?

In a perfect world, you would attend all days of the Freshman Bridge program to be as prepared as possible (and receive some cool swag from your new school). If you absolutely cannot attend each day, it would be best for you to make it to as many days as possible. You could even practice how to ask for help and learn what you missed!

What are the dates for Freshman Bridge?

August 1-2, 2017: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.   

  • Alliance, Audubon, Bradley Tech, MacDowell, Madison, Meir, MHSA, Marshall, Milw. School of Languages, Reagan, Riverside, South, Webster

August 1-2, 2017: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.   

  • Bay View, King, WHS, WCLL

August 1-3, 2017: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.   

  • Hamilton, Vincent

August 3-4, 2017: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.   

  • North, Obama, Pulaski

Sample Topics

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

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

Why Freshman Bridge?

Reduce anxiety

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 what 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.

Rules and expectations

Everything important in life has rules. If you understand rules and expectations, you can spend less time making up for breaking them. Rules are there to keep you on the right track. Your administrators and teachers want you to do well and meet all of the expectations. They will be quite happy if you never got "in trouble" at all during high school.


August 1-2, 2017: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.   

  • Alliance, Audubon, Bradley Tech, MacDowell, Madison, Meir, MHSA, Marshall, Milw. School of Languages, Reagan, Riverside, South, Webster

August 1-2, 2017: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.   

  • Bay View, King, WHS, WCLL

August 1-3, 2017: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.   

  • Hamilton, Vincent

August 3-4, 2017: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.   

  • North, Obama, Pulaski
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