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Bridge to College Courses

Bridge to College 2021-22 Registration Now Open!

See Bulletin 003-21 for the registration link and details about expectations for districts offering Bridge to College next year. All districts that plan to offer the course are encouraged to complete registration by June 1, 2021.


College Readiness Resources

Bridge to College Initiative Website

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Arlene Crum
Director of Mathematics

Bridge to College Mathematics is fourth-year (senior-level) course designed to follow Algebra II and develop college readiness in students. Students who earn a "B" or better in the Bridge Course are eligible to enter college level mathematics coursework in any of the State of Washington Community and Technical Colleges. Bridge to College Math is also a designated transition course that fulfills a Graduation Pathway.

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.

As a general overview, the courses:

  • Increase student engagement in mathematics and ELA.
  • Prepare students with relevant college-level curriculum, bypassing the need for remedial coursework and placement tests.
  • Deepen student understanding of crucial knowledge and skills needed to be successful in college.
  • Bridge to College ELA and mathematics are transition courses which act as a pathway to graduation.
  • The BERC Impact Report shows that Bridge to College courses have a positive impact on student success in college courses.

Washington State Course Implementation

In order to offer the Bridge to College classes, districts must register participating schools and teachers using the 2021-22 Bridge to College Registration form. Teachers become eligible to teach the course by attending the required New Teacher Institute in the summer and Community of Practice meetings during the school year.

More information about the Bridge to College initiative and courses:

The Districts 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

Resources that provide more information about course implementation:

Frequently Asked Questions

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