For the past ten years, the Children's Health Council (CHC) has sponsored the EdRev Expo at Oracle (formerly AT&T) Park—an annual event designed for parents, educators, and other professionals who work with students with learning and attention issues. EdRev offers a unique focus on the one-in-five students living with learning and attention differences, and features workshops and resources for students and parents, as well as live music, interactive exhibits, and fun at the ballpark. This year's EdRev Expo will be held on Saturday, May 4, and Stanbridge will once again have a table in the exhibit hall with a number of our faculty and administrative staff on-hand—stop by and say hello! We encourage all Stanbridge families to come and spend part of your morning or afternoon at this unique and informative event. Registration is free; click here for more information.
The "On My Mind" series is back from Washington, D.C. and our Spring Break hiatus! Authored by Stanbridge 12th-grader Alix as part of the High School Bridges/Transitions class in-house marketing internship program, we invite you to check back regularly for new posts.
From March 31 to April 5, Stanbridge juniors and seniors traveled together to participate in "CloseUp,” a program that teaches young adults about the U.S. government and how it works. This was the sixth time Stanbridge took part in this trip. Beginning in 2009, juniors and seniors at Stanbridge have been given the option to go to Washington, D. C. for the CloseUp program every other year for the Spring experiential.
On the early morning of Sunday, March 31, students learned how to deal with the unexpected on a plane, such as layovers due to passengers needing medical attention or flight delays due to bad weather. After a long day on the plane, students were happy to check into the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Arlington, Virginia, and get into comfortable, warm beds. [Stanbridge students roomed with their fellow classmates.] Throughout the week, students visited historic monuments, participated in workshops, and interacted with other students in the Close-Up program – many who were from other states.
On Capitol Hill Day, students met Congresswoman Jackie Speier, and got to take a photo with her. Students also went to the U.S. Capitol, where we observed the Senate in debate up in the galleries. Following Capitol Hill Day, students had dinner at the food court in D.C.’s historic Union Station before enjoying a performance of “Into the Woods” at the Ford Theater. Although we have a few suggestions for future trips, this trip was an overall hit. Participants encourage all Freshmen and Sophomores to attend the trip when Stanbridge offers it again in 2021!
For nearly 40 years, Stanbridge Academy has been providing students a whole-school experience that includes individualized academics, social/emotional support, and a full complement of arts, athletics, enrichment, and leadership opportunities. See for yourself why families say that "Stanbridge has been life-changing" at our Junior High and High School Open House on Tuesday, April 23 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
This event will feature presentations from key staff and faculty members, plus Q&A with teachers from our junior high and high school divisions, as well as our Head of School, Principal, and Director of Counseling. Our Director of College Counseling & Transitions will also be available to discuss the transitions planning that takes place during high school for students and their families, and the variety of postsecondary paths that Stanbridge graduates have pursued.
The event will include a guided tour of our campus and classrooms where you will get to see our students and teachers in action, and a number of current Stanbridge parents will also be on hand to answer any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our junior high and high school programs and discuss your child's individual needs and goals with our teachers, counselors, and administrative staff.
The Open House is a free event and we encourage interested guests to RSVP in advance by completing this short online form. If you are unable to attend this Open House, please note that we have a group tour scheduled for Wednesday, May 1, and you can always schedule a personalized tour of our campus by completing our online form. See our Visit Stanbridge page for more details.
We are excited to debut a new recurring blog series "On My Mind," which will feature student-written posts by two interns from the Stanbridge High School Bridges class, Seniors Alix and Grace. As part of their in-house marketing internship, Alix and Grace will write about things that are on the minds of Stanbridge students and post them on our website's blog. Be sure to check back regularly for new posts!
My name is Alix and I am a Senior at Stanbridge Academy. I have been attending Stanbridge for seven years now, and I will graduate this June. I am very happy to help write the Student Blog before I leave Stanbridge, because one of my passions is creative writing. I like to write stories, but writing a blog is a new experience for me. Other interests that I have are baking and fashion. I might want to go into fashion after I graduate.
For my first blog post, I want to address that this Friday, February 8, is the High School Valentine’s Dance. The High School Dances can be a great opportunity for high school students to get together outside of school hours. However, at the dances, it’s important to use our social skills that we learn in our Social Learning classes at Stanbridge. For example, if you want to dance with someone, you should ask them politely. If they decline your offer, then you should be respectful of their choice, try to act as if it’s no big deal, and go talk to or dance with someone else. You should not insist on dancing, have a meltdown, or invade their personal space when they have asked for some space.
Hi, I’m Grace, a current student at Stanbridge Academy. I am in my Senior year and will graduate this year with the other Seniors. Currently, I live with my parents in the Bay Area. I like to volunteer in different areas such as helping with kids and adults. During my free time, I like writing and listening to music.
Speaking of music, we have two more dances coming up this year: Valentine’s in early February and Prom in mid-May. Following are some expectations at dances:
A new episode of Stanbridge Student News has been posted to our website's Parent Portal—Stanbridge families can access by using their portal password. The latest episode features an in-depth recap of our high school division's recent Alumni Panel held last week, highlighting the behind-the-scenes prep work done by our Bridges class students, and an exclusive interview with our Director of College Counseling and Transitions, Colleen McQuade. Plus, footage from the December holiday concert; an interview with new Office Coordinator Kristen Coleman; important upcoming dates and reminders; and a special astrological FYI report on this weekend's lunar eclipse. Our Stanbridge stars are covering all the news under the sun and then some in the latest webisode from Stanbridge Academy's most trusted news source!
Attention high school students and parents: Did the College & Career Fair in November get you thinking about next steps after graduation? Are you wondering how to make the transition from Stanbridge to college or into the workforce? Curious about university life, what college classes are like, or how it feels to live away from home and on your own? Then join us on Thursday, January 10 for the annual Stanbridge Alumni Panel, where you'll hear stories from Stanbridge graduates who have successfully made their postsecondary transitions. The panel features Stanbridge alumni who are currently in college, recent college graduates, and those who are working in various career fields. Come listen to their experiences, get advice, and have your questions answered by former Stanbridge students who have been in your shoes. The event is free and will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on campus in the Marilyn Center. RSVP by contacting the main office, or click here to email Colleen McQuade, our Director of College Counseling & Transitions.
Attention all High School families: The Community for Special Education and the SFUSD Office of Counseling & Post-Secondary Success present the 2019 College and Career Fair for Students with Learning Supports. The event will be held on Saturday, February 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at City College of San Francisco's Multi-Use Building (MUB). In addition to the keynote speaker—Dr. Lauren Lindstrom, Dean of the UC Davis School of Education—Stanbridge Academy's own Director of College Counseling & Transitions, Colleen McQuade, will be presenting, along with numerous other college and career representatives. More details highlighted on the flyer below. Admission is free; click here to register in advance.
These Stanbridge high school juniors and seniors are participating in a monthly internship program at Facebook, exploring possible career paths and gaining real world job experience. Approximately 75% of Stanbridge high school graduates continue their academic careers, while others enroll in residential education and transitions programs, or go directly into the workforce. Whether considering a two-year or four-year college, a vocational trade school, or exploring the job market, there are a wealth of postsecondary opportunities for students who learn differently, but with so many paths to consider, the future can be difficult to navigate. Discover what options are out there, and find the bridge that’s right for you. The 2018 Stanbridge Academy College and Career Fair will be held on campus next Thursday afternoon, November 15, from 1:00 to 3:00. The event will feature more than a dozen representatives from colleges, universities, vocational schools, employment programs, and career support programs from the Bay Area and beyond. High school students and their families are invited to attend this free event which is designed to help students connect their personal interests and passions with long term, postsecondary goals. The fair is open to current Stanbridge students and families, as well as the general public—click here for more information and to RSVP.
Looking to learn more about High School at Stanbridge Academy? Click here to view a overview of our program, and visit our campus this Saturday morning for our Fall Open House. Whether you are considering a placement for the current school year or just thinking ahead for your child, Stanbridge offers a truly unique high school experience for students who learn differently. We offer a strengths-based academic program that aligns with state standards, designed to culminate in a diploma; and our college and career counselor works with all high school students and their families to identify longterm goals and help plan for postsecondary steps. We're proud to provide a whole-school experience for our students that includes arts, athletics, enrichment clubs and electives, and traditional high school events such as dances, prom, field trips, and afterschool activities. Additionally, our campus includes students in grades K–8, which provides numerous opportunities for high school students to develop and practice leadership skills within our community. If you're interested in learning more, click here to RSVP for our High School Open House in January, or complete our online form to schedule a personalized tour.
Today, a number of Stanbridge high school students—along with other high school students all over the country—are taking the PSAT, one of many steps along the road to graduation. For many families, especially those who have students with learning differences, the thought of what lies ahead after graduating from high school can cause some anxiety. The next step after high school is a big one for students and their families—with so many paths to consider, the future can be difficult to navigate. Discover what options are out there, and find the bridge that’s right for you at Stanbridge Academy's College & Career Fair on Thursday, November 15.
This annual event will feature more than a dozen representatives from colleges, universities, vocational schools, employment programs, and career support programs from the Bay Area and beyond. High school students and their families are invited to attend this free event which is designed to help students connect their personal interests and passions with long term, postsecondary goals. The fair is open to students (eighth grade, high school, and recent HS grads), parents, faculty, administrators, community members, and professionals with an interest in college, employment, and postsecondary programs supporting neurodiverse students. Click here for more information and to RSVP.