Bridge High School
Bridge High School was established more than 30 years ago in Downers Grove, Illinois, specializing in providing quality educational services for secondary level students with pervasive disabilities, primarily autism. This program provides an alternative, functional, community-based curriculum to students who typically have not had success in their home schools.
Bridge High School staff work closely with students and parents to assist in developing viable plans to facilitate successful transition to adulthood. The approach is not “one size fits all,” but is an individualized and exploratory approach. This is true for higher functioning individuals who are exploring work interests and aptitudes, as well as for students who require a more individualized approach to ensure the acquisition and development of adaptive behaviors.
Bridge curriculum assures learning across these key domains:
Functionally oriented academic classes provide for instruction and completion of courses, aligned with common core learning standards for Illinois and in accordance with home school requirements, for earning a high school diploma.
Regularly scheduled community instruction ensures the application of school learning to real world settings such as retail stores, banks, libraries, and the YMCA.
Participation in life skills classes teaches consumer, homemaking, household management, personal maintenance, and leisure skills.
Vocational classes instill and develop basic work sensibilities and behaviors (soft skills) crucial for successful community employment, through daily paid work activities in school.
Community vocational activities, including on the job evaluations, assure individualized exploration of work aptitudes and preferences, along with opportunities for basic work experience at real places of business.
Social-emotional learning classes and related activities help students increase self- awareness, social problem solving abilities, emotional self-regulation, and other social competencies necessary for successful relationships.
“Our son’s prognosis on the Autism Spectrum has been completely altered, a boy who did not speak, is now proofreading computer code thanks to Little Friends. Will’s ability to communicate with the outside world was very limited. He was completely isolated by his autism symptoms, with the help of Little Friends…he now wants to push his boundaries. If it wasn’t for Little Friends amazing administration, faculty and staff our son Will would never be capable of experiencing things like an indoor flying experience.”
Little Friends' School Programs Bullying Policy
At Little Friends' School Programs, student safety is our first priority. We recognize that a safe learning environment is essential to help each of our students succeed. All of our schools have a zero tolerance for bullying or cyber-bullying behavior of any kind. Our bullying policy for each of our schools can be found below, with specific details regarding the definition of bullying and how any complaints of bullying will be addressed.