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    Tuesday, June 12, 2018

    The Value of the Bridgedale Experience

    What makes Bridgedale unique to parents?

    By Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

     

    Absolute confidence that Bridgedale is delivering on its promises.

    Recently, a number of Bridgedale Academy parents and teachers got together with a marketing professional to conduct what is called a Value Proposition exercise. We talked about what Bridgedale is, and what it could be. 

    Sixteen (16) Bridgedale Academy parents contributed their time and ideas to the exercise, as did most of Bridgedale's teaching staff.

    The purpose of the exercise was to determine not only what made Bridgedale unique, but also what we could possibly do to make the Bridgedale Experience even better.

    Amy Holsinger of Project Enroll, who conducted the exercise, concluded there was “a general sense of satisfaction and happiness expressed by” the Bridgedale parents, noting there was an “absolute confidence that the school is delivering on a number of promises.” 

    Among these promises delivered were “a solid Classical education, exceptional teachers, attentive staff members, the knowledge that their sons are happy and highly challenged, and a high-quality hockey experience.”

    Amy said that what “resonated” for her was that Bridgedale is not just a “hockey school” and that “leadership, tenacity, ownership, accountability and a collaborative spirit are just a few of the many benefits young men will receive from a Bridgedale Academy education.”

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    Monday, June 11, 2018

    Bridgedale Parent Testimonial June 11th 2018

    Awesome job Bridgedale!

    By Joanne Smith, Bridgedale Academy Mom

     

    He is so happy and thriving thanks to your guidance, help and grooming.

    I have been thinking about Bridgedale and all of our friends there that helped Ryan achieve a goal of his. I wanted to send you a very big THANK YOU!

    Ryan loves Culver. He is in exactly the right place.

    He is so happy and thriving thanks to your guidance, help and grooming.

    It's so nice that he still gets to see (Bridgedale English teacher) Mrs. Kuhl (also a Culver mom) occasionally. He loves to see a friendly “Mom” face when away!  Thank you for being so good to him.

    I thought you might enjoy a picture of our guy celebrating and honoring Culver's 2018 Graduates!! 

    Ryan (on the left in this photo) has his military game-face on and so he doesn’t have a smile.

    But I can assure you he has so much pride and happiness being the stoic Culver cadet.

    (And Mrs. Kuhl, congratulations to you, your husband and of course your 2018 Culver graduate son!)

    AWESOME JOB BRIDGEDALE!!!

    Here he is on his horse!!  

    Thank you again for everything you do!

    This is a heartfelt thank you.  The confidence and happiness Ryan has had at Culver and while at Bridgedale have transformed him.

    I will never forget what you and the teachers have done for him. You are a part of who he is today!

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

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    Thursday, June 7, 2018

    Bridgedale Parent Testimonial June 7th 2018

    The best decision we have ever made for him

    By Val Rivelli, Businesswoman, Bridgedale Academy Mom

     

    I can't say enough about the education he received.

     
    Deciding to have Dominick attend Bridgedale was the best decision we have ever made for him.
     
    Thank you for all you have done for Dom. I can’t say enough about the education he received.
     
    We are sad to be leaving, but you all have greatly prepared Dom for whatever comes next. 
     
    Thank you again,
     
     
    Val Rivelli
     
     
     
    Val Rivelli appears by permission. She works in the real estate business.  
     
    Val's son Dominick is a highly-ranked 03 AAA forward who recently graduated from Bridgedale Academy. Dominick has competed for the Chicago Mission Hockey Club for the past fo
    ur seasons. 
     

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    Tuesday, May 29, 2018

    Bridgedale Parent Testimonial May 29th 2018

    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.

     

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    Saturday, May 26, 2018

    Bridgedale Parent Testimonial May 24th 2018

    Who goes to a school to play sports?

    By Tillie Bruss, Landscape Designer, Bridgedale Academy Mom

     

    The concept was foreign to us ... (but now) he has asked more than once to stay after school to study.

     

    "I know this is weird, but he goes to a hockey school.”

    That's how I start every conversation about my son's school.

    Because, lets face it, it's weird.

    I went to Catholic grade school and high school and so did my husband. All four of our kids were in Catholic school; that's just what we thought was normal.  

    The problem was that our son was struggling. 

    My husband and I debated what to do; his grades were low, he didn't want to study, he didn't want to do homework and we just couldn't keep doing the same thing - there was no way he was being prepared for high school. 

    When we were forwarded the Bridgedale Academy info from a friend, we were initially reluctant - who goes to a school to play sports? The concept was so foreign to us. I mean it's all fine and good to skate and train every day but what kind of education would you get?

    After much handwringing we decided to try Bridgedale. 

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    Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    Bridgedale Parent Testimonial May 15th 2018

    My son is on a different trajectory now.

    By Tomas Kirda, Software Architect, Bridgedale Academy Dad

     

    The pace of his athletic development has surpassed that of his teammates.

     

    My son Matas is a 6th grader at Bridgedale Academy. I am very pleased with his development there.

    The pace of his athletic development has surpassed that of his teammates.

    His core strength and stamina has increased noticeably.

    Academically, Matas has always been an excellent student but he's an even better one now. The truth is that at his previous school, although he did well academically, he was not very happy there.

    And athletically, while he's always been a good hockey player too, his athleticism and hockey skills have improved more this year than in any previous year.

    And his improvement this year has also been more consistent.

    I'd say my son is on a different trajectory now.

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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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