We've been blown away by the curriculum
By Michael Mayor, Businessman, Bridgedale Academy Dad
We also feel blessed by their incredible hockey staff.
We ran to an Academy that offers: a student-faculty ratio of less than 5-to-1; after-school study hours with a teacher present; extended classroom time in core subjects; and a competitive, disciplined approach on the ice.
We ran to an Academy that focuses on a traditional academic approach.
As a result our son, Ronnie, has been inspired and empowered to push himself both mentally and physically each day while also enjoying himself. He is learning to think critically, discovering daily how to solve problems both on and off the ice.
Ronnie has never played competitive hockey. He played pond hockey growing up, and was enrolled in a few entry-level hockey classes. But mainly he focused on other sports. He arrived at Bridgedale knowing that he'd be skating with arguably some of the best youth players in the Midwest.
Mike McPartlin, Bridgedale's Headmaster, assured us that there would be a focus on individual skill-based drills. He also assured us that Ronnie would be able to learn and skate at his own pace, and that his peers would embrace him and help him when needed. Ronnie, as a result, is improving every day.
Ronnie's goal is to make a AA team in the fall.
We ran to Bridgedale for their academics/faculty. We've been blown away by the curriculum, and we also feel blessed by their incredible hockey staff.
Thank you, Bridgedale faculty and staff, for everything you do!
Michael Mayor appears by permission. He is a Derivatives Trader and Partner with the trading firm Chicago Trading Company (CTC). A graduate of Purdue University, Michael is the proud father of 5 children and has been married to his lovely wife Jeanne for 22 years.
Michael's son Ronnie is a 7th grader at Bridgedale Academy. Ronnie is an outstanding athlete who, prior to enrolling at Bridgedale, had never played on a hockey team. This spring he will play in the Chicago Hawks organization. It will be his first time playing "organized" youth hockey. We know he will do well.
Bridgedale Academy is honored to have Michael Mayor contribute his Testimonial on our blog page. Michael's son Ronnie is unique to Bridgedale, being the only student-athlete we've ever had who entered having never played on a youth hockey team. Ronnie's improvement as a hockey player over the course of this 2017-18 school year has been nothing short of spectacular. We have no doubt he'll be competing successfully at the AA level soon (his goal), sooner than most would have imagined.
At Bridgedale we are committed to the development of our young student-athletes, helping them to develop their physical and mental skills so they can perform at their best when it matters most, no matter the arena of life that challenges them. If you would like to learn more about Bridgedale Academy, please click the button below so we can schedule a time to chat.
Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy
And what do Bridgedale teachers say about Bridgedale?
"This is such a special place!! It is life changing for these boys as it centers around strong relationships that encourage strong academic growth. It’s a hockey school, but so much more than that.
"It’s a pleasure to come to work everyday. Thank you for creating such a positive, caring environment."
Kristi Florey, Bridgedale Math Teacher
Bridgedale Academy is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 School Year.
Bridgedale Academy is an all-boys school for athletes, a prep school for serious youth hockey players. We will offer grades 5 through 8 in the 2018-19 school year. In addition to our winning combination of sports and academics, we focus on leadership training. We use a classical academic curriculum and our graduates go on to attend some of the most prestigious high schools in the midwest, including Lake Forest Academy, Culver Military Academy, Shattuck St. Mary’s, Northwood School, Benet Academy, Fenwick Prep, St. Ignatius Prep, Latin School and Providence Catholic. We pride ourselves on being the top youth hockey prep school in the nation. Eleven (11) of our former or current students have already received their NCAA Division 1 college hockey commitments. Three (3) of our former students competed for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program and will begin their college playing careers in 2018-19, two at Notre Dame and one at Michigan.