• The Bridge to Advanced Placement Program

    Swift Creek Middle School


    Bridge Coordinators:    Mr. Matt Rousseau (rousseaum@leonschools.net)

                                         Ms. Kelli Strother (strotherk@leonschools.net)

    Bridge courses are specifically designed for students performing above grade level and those students that are self-motivated to keep up with the challenge of advanced courses.  Bridge courses are intended to prepare students for the rigor of Advanced Placement courses in high school and provide them with the skills necessary to achieve academic success in these advanced courses. We want each of our students at Swift Creek to be placed in appropriate courses, with the level of each course matching both the ability level of the student and their motivation/effort.  Bridge courses have set expectations and standards that are adhered to:  

    ·         In order to continue to participate in Bridge/Advanced courses, the student is expected to maintain at least a 3.0/B average in each core Bridge subject area.  

    ·         If, at the end of the 1st 9-week grading period, the student’s course grade falls below a B, the student will be placed on probation and a meeting will be held with the student and/or parent/guardian to discuss ways to help the student improve their academic performance. Bridge students on probation will not be permitted to participate in Bridge activities, including field trips and year-end celebrations.   

    ·         If, after the 2nd 9-week grading period, the 1st semester average for that particular Bridge/Advanced course has not reached at least a 3.0/B, a parent-teacher conference will be held to determine further interventions, including the student's possible removal from that Bridge course.  

    ·         At the end of the school year, a 3.0/B average is required to remain in each Bridge/Advanced subject area course for the subsequent school year. 

    ·         If a Gifted student is removed from a Bridge/Advanced/Gifted ELA course due to not meeting the course grade standard, the student’s Gifted Educational Plan (EP) will be written through another core area Bridge/Advanced/Gifted course. 

    ·         The Bridge Program offers a special educationally centered fieldtrip for Bridge students.  To attend the Bridge Field Trip and other Bridge celebrations, students must have at least a 3.0/B average in each core Bridge/High School Credit course and at least a 2.5 overall GPA on their most recent report card. 



    Resources for the Gifted Parent from National Association for Gifted Children: