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Bridge to College Courses

About Bridge to College Courses

The Bridge to College courses for English language arts (ELA) and Mathematics are fourth-year (senior-level) courses designed for students scoring a Level 2 on the Smarter Balanced high school assessment (11th grade). Students who earn a “B” or better in the Bridge Course are eligible to enter credit-bearing coursework in any of the State of Washington Community and Technical Colleges.

The courses are grounded in essential career and college readiness expectations as reflected in the Washington State K-12 Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics (the Common Core State Standards) to ensure that students passing the course are fully prepared for college-level coursework. The courses were developed by higher education faculty, high school teachers, and curriculum specialists from multiple colleges and school districts.

Schools commit to using the specified course with title and course code provided by OSPI for the courses being taught. The Bridge course code for ELA is WA003. The Bridge course code for mathematics is WA001.

Why Bridge Courses?

“The thinking process in this class helps you think in a way that will be valuable to you as you pursue further education. The class really allows students to engage in the material they wouldn’t be able to in a more traditional setting.”
Carolyn—Math Teacher

“The course gives students a lot of the writing, critical thinking, and analysis that they’ll use with any program they go into. It’s a rigorous course that gives students what they need to be successful in all other post high school endeavors.”
Michele—English Teacher

  • Increase student engagement in mathematics and ELA.
  • Save money in college by not having to enroll in remedial courses.
  • Deepen student understanding of crucial knowledge and skills needed to be successful in college.

Washington State Bridge to College Course Implementation

In 2017-18, 247 teachers in 138 high schools across Washington State taught the Bridge to College course, with roughly 6000 students using the course to prepare for college success.

OSPI, in partnership with State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) with funding from College Spark Washington, supports implementation of the Bridge to College Mathematics and English courses through a formal structure of professional learning and networking. All new teachers participate in a two-day summer workshop and two additional days during the school year in order to be eligible to teach the course. In addition, all Bridge to College teachers have opportunities to collaborate and learn together in "Communities of Practice", which meet regionally 3 times during the course of the school year.

Registration for the 2018-19 school year are now being accepted through iGrants Form Package 719 starting in early March 2018. Information regarding 2018-2019 Funding Allocation.

For more information about the Bridge to College Initiative and courses:
English Course Information, 2018-19
Mathematics Course Information, 2018-19 | Mathematics Course Materials

The District and School Assurances provide information about the funding for the course, as well as the required commitments from both the school and the district.

Higher Education Placement Agreements
WA Community and Technical Colleges
WA Baccalaureate Institutions

Parent Letters for students selected for the Bridge courses:

Resources that provide more information about course implementation:


What's New!

Bridge to College English and Math Course registration is now open on iGrants form 719.
All new and returning
schools intending to offer Bridge to College courses in 2018-19 need to register.

While the College Spark Washington grant that has supported Bridge to College officially ends in December 2018, limited grant funds will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis to assist districts with travel costs to the summer training and teacher supplies/materials for the courses. Teachers new to the Bridge to College courses are required to attend a two-day teacher summer training and are expected to participate in 5 days of professional learning throughout the year in regional communities of practice led by experienced course leaders.

For more information see the recent webinar listed below.

Sally Hanson, Project Manager

Molly Berger, OSPI ELA Specialist

Recorded Webinar from January 24:
Bridge to College Information for 2018-19

Bridge to College Grantee Webinar
Purpose: All teachers and administrators who are registered and/or considering participating in Bridge to College in 2018-19 are invited to learn more about the curriculum and professional development opportunities.

College Readiness Resources

2018-19 Funding Allocations
iGrants registration will open in early March; check back for more information.

Bridge to College Initiative Website

  • For Students, Parents/Guardians
  • Student and Teacher Videos
  • Why Take the Bridge to College Course?

Questions and Answers

   Updated 2/20/2018

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