Bridgedale Parent Testimonial May 29th 2018

    Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 7:41 AM

    Posted by Andy Olson on May 29, 2018 7:41:00 AM

    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!


    Andy Olson PhotoSending 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. 

    Everything from the smaller class sizes, to the outstanding (classical) curriculum, to the individual attention he's received have all made him a better and more well-informed student/person.  That is not to say that Jake hasn't had some outstanding teachers in the past, but I will say that at Bridgedale Academy it seems like EVERYONE care's for these young student athletes.
    Last but certainly not least, we feel that Bridgedale is like Family. 
    There has been no other time during Jake's previous (K-7) school years that we felt a greater sense of family with Jake's school community. Just like a strong biological family, the Bridgedale family is a tight-knit, caring, proud, and (yes) even loving group of educators, instructors, parents, and students that share a special bond. 
    WE will certainly miss being a part of this family on a daily basis, but I know that we will always have the support of this family even after Jake graduates in a few short weeks. We will always hold Bridgedale Academy close and dear to our hearts and we will think back on this experience with fond memories.

    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 Classical Education for Middle School hockey players

    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.


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