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    Monday, April 2, 2018

    Bridgedale Parent Testimonial April 2nd 2018

    Our son is flourishing in the smaller class size

    By Mark Boweak, Businessman, Bridgedale Academy Dad


    He is not just excelling at Bridgedale - he is exceeding!


    I am writing to share how thrilled my family is with Bridgedale Academy.

    Hockey for many families is a big commitment. For our family, more than the W's or the extra ice time, key is the idea that hard work academically provides the privilege of getting on the ice.

    We met with Bridgedale Headmaster Mike McPartlin and found a way to get the most out of both!

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    Thursday, March 22, 2018

    Bridgedale Parent Testimonial March 22nd 2018

    It was the best decision we ever made for him.

    By Jason Gedraitis, Commercial Banker, Bridgedale Academy Dad


    Bridgedale has done more for his development and character than his previous school ever did. 

    When we were approached about Bridgedale we decided to go out of curiosity rather than thinking our son would want to leave his school and start all over with kids he didn’t know as a 7th grader.

    After the tour we thought our son would say thanks for the tour but I want to go to school with my friends.

    Instead, without hesitation he unequivocally said he wanted to go.

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    Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    Bridgedale Parent Testimonial March 20th 2018

    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 came to Bridgedale Academy not running from someting, but running to something.

    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.

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    Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    Bridgedale Video - Peek Inside a Day 2018

    Curious about what an average day looks like at Bridgedale?

    Dive in with this short video:

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    Saturday, March 17, 2018

    Bridgedale Parent Testimonial March 17th 2018

    One of the best decisions we have ever made as parents

    By Deana Olson, Bridgedale Academy Mom


    Our son has flourished in the environment of smaller classroom sizes and individualized attention.


    One of the best decisions we have ever made as parents was to enroll our son at Bridgedale Academy for 8th grade.

    We had heard of the first-class hockey training that he would receive from some of the most respected coaches and trainers in the state.

    But what we were not aware of was the classical education that he would be fortunate to experience from teachers who are some of the most dedicated, knowledgeable and caring teachers our son has EVER had.

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    Thursday, March 15, 2018

    Bridgedale Parent Testimonial March 15th 2018

    Worth every penny spent and every mile driven

    By Tom Manzella, Attorney-at-Law - Bridgedale Academy Dad


    Every aspect of Bridgedale has far exceeded our expectations.


    We enrolled our son as a 7th grader at Bridgedale Academy for the 2017-18 school year with high hopes and expectations. The opportunity to attend at a pure hockey academy with a classic curriculum, rather than an online based curriculum or a common core education, presented a tremendous opportunity.

    As the parent of a 12 year old AA player, one cannot help but proceed with nervous optimism.

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    Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    Be One of the 16

    Now accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy


    Bridgedale Academy limits its enrollment to 16 student-athletes at each grade level. 

    Your son can be one of the 16.

    Grades 5th through 8th - Limited Openings Available

    Our small class sizes guarantee:

    • Every Bridgedale student receives the attention he needs
    • Every Bridgedale student engages academically and learns
    • Every Bridgedale student develops athletically and improves
    • Every Bridgedale student matures and develops leadership skills

    Bridgedale Academy is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 School Year.

    Click to Access Bridgedale's Application Portal 


    Bridgedale is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. Limited openings remain at each grade level.

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    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    Why Checking Skills are so Valuable

    Important to Advancing in Hockey

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

    A few years ago I attended a spring AAA Minor Bantam game featuring many excellent players. 

    It was, I knew, one of the very first “checking-allowed” games for both teams. 

    As a longtime AAA bantam coach, I was expecting to see players who were more than anxious to “hit” - but without a clue about how to properly “check.”

    But instead I was very pleasantly surprised.

    Because this game featured two teams with very good checking skills.

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    Monday, February 12, 2018

    Bridgedale 9th Grader Sean Behrens Commits to Denver

    On a Hockey Scholarship

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

    Bridgedale Academy 9th grader Sean Behrens has given his verbal commitment to play his Division 1 NCAA hockey at Denver University.

    Sean is a top defenseman who is recognized nationally at the Bantam Major level.

    He is also a High Honors student at Bridgedale.

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    Thursday, January 18, 2018

    40,000 More Passes per Year

    Quality Repetitions are Key

    by Justin Lewandowski, VP of Hockey Operations, 200 x 85

    Arguably, the most important skills for a hockey player are his passing and pass receiving skills. 

    And, as with all of hockey’s skills, the key is to have SOUND FUNDAMENTALS.

    Quality repetitions using proper fundamentals must be emphasized.

    During a typical school year, each Bridgedale Academy student-athlete will on average make and receive an additional 40,000 passes above and beyond what occurs during his team practices and games, and at camps and clinics.

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