Bridge to College Courses
Considering Offering Bridge to College?
Read Bulletin 005-20 for expectations for districts interested in offering Bridge to College courses.
College Readiness Resources
- Ready WA Opt in For Student Success
- WA Student Achievement Council College Readiness & Smarter Balanced Assessments
- For Students, Parents/Guardians
- Student and Teacher Videos
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, schools must register using iGrants form 719. Teachers must become eligible to teach the course by attending a 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:
- Teacher eligibility to teach Bridge to College courses
- English Course Information, 2020-21
- 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
Resources that provide more information about course implementation:
- School Implementation Planning Template - A worksheet/template with a useful set of questions that can help your high school Bridge to College team prepare for the school year.
- Letter to Seniors