Our son is flourishing in the smaller class size
By Andy Olson, Businessman, Bridgedale Academy Dad
He is not just excelling at Bridgedale - he is exceeding!
Sending Jake to Bridgedale Academy for his 8th grade year was the best decision we ever made for our son from both an academic and athletics perspective.
Although we had been warned that he may "burn out" (mentally or physically) on hockey, we actually found the contrary to be true. Jake's endurance and stamina have dramatically increased as the school year has progressed.
I can also see significant improvement in his skating, including very noticeable advancements in his goalie movements. We attribute his remarkable improvement in his quickness, explosiveness, and fluidity of movement on the ice and in the net to the top-notch athletic/hockey training offered at Bridgedale.
Simply put, Jake is a much better and well conditioned goalie/hockey player now than when he started at Bridgedale 9 months ago.
Looking back to last summer, what drew me in to committing Jake to Bridgedale for his 8th grade year was the opportunity for a much better education than what he was being offered by the public school system.
Thank you Mike and Christina ... and all of our Bridgedale family!
Andy Olson appears by permission. He has over 25 years of professional experience in the IT field supporting numerous OS and hardware platforms, spanning a wide variety of industries including; retail, healthcare, manufacturing, information technology, pharmaceuticals and transportation. Andrew graduated from Benedictine University with a degree in Computer Science.
Andrew's son Jake is a goaltender who recently graduated from Bridgedale Academy. Jake competed for the Huskies Hockey Club during the 2017-18 hockey season.
Bridgedale Academy is honored to have Andrew Olson contribute his Testimonial on our blog page.
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 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.