Testimonials

This school has been life-changing for my son. I am beyond amazed. I can't say enough especially about the education he is receiving at Bridgedale.

 
- Michelle Witzig Duffin, Bridgedale mom

We feel honored to be a part of the Bridgedale Academy family. It is a great place for boys to learn and excel at academics and athletics. We are very happy with Nathan's progress and can't say enough about how happy we are that we all decided on Bridgedale Academy.

 
- Nelson Santos, Bridgedale dad

I just wanted to Thank You for the past 2 years. Sean absolutely loves Bridgedale and has grown so much. He is confident and happy. I can see the academic progress he has made. Bridgedale was a great fit for Sean and we could not have asked for anything more when we enrolled him.

Thank you again for EVERYTHING you have done for Sean. Including your input and guidance. It is so very much appreciated. We will always cherish Sean's time at Bridgedale.

- Caryn Behrens, Bridgedale mom

Bridgedale Academy has been great for Charlie in every respect -- academically, socially and, of course, athletically. We look forward to the rest of the year and next.

- Dave Donoghue, Bridgedale dad

I have never seen my son happier than when attending school at Bridgedale. It has taught him to compete to the best of his ability both on and off the ice. I know no other school in my lifetime where as a parent I want to hug all the kids and staff for the care they show to my son. You don’t have to be a future hall of fame player to enjoy this school. It’s just plain FAMILY. If you ever quest to meet the most caring people on earth, just stop in and say hi to Mrs. DiPauli. You will at that moment know all you need to know. From my heart.

- Noelle Gollinger, Bridgedale mom

We came to Bridgedale Academy not running from someting, but running to something.

We ran to an Academy that offers: a student-faculty ratio of less than 5-to-1; after-school study hours with a teacher present; extended classroom time in core subjects; and a competitive, disciplined approach on the ice.

We ran to an Academy that focuses on a traditional academic approach.

As a result our son, Ronnie, has been inspired and empowered to push himself both mentally and physically each day while also enjoying himself. He is learning to think critically, discovering daily how to solve problems both on and off the ice.

Ronnie has never played competitive hockey. He played pond hockey growing up, and was enrolled in a few entry-level hockey classes. But mainly he focused on other sports. He arrived at Bridgedale knowing that he'd be skating with arguably some of the best youth players in the Midwest.

Mike McPartlin, Bridgedale's Headmaster, assured us that there would be a focus on individual skill-based drills. He also assured us that Ronnie would be able to learn and skate at his own pace, and that his peers would embrace him and help him when needed. Ronnie, as a result, is improving every day.

Ronnie's goal is to make a AA team in the fall.

We ran to Bridgedale for their academics/faculty. We've been blown away by the curriculum, and we also feel blessed by their incredible hockey staff.

Thank you, Bridgedale faculty and staff, for everything you do!

- Michael Mayor, Bridgedale dad

Bridgedale Academy has been a tremendous experience for our son. Thanks to you all for everything you've done for him. We will absolutely be back at Bridgedale for next school year.

- Tom Manzella, Bridgedale dad

 

Not only were we pleasantly surprised by the incredible education Jack was receiving but even more excited as we continued to see him grow and develop as a hockey player. It was then it was confirmed to us that we made the right decision to send him to Bridgedale Academy.

- Penny Silich, Bridgedale mom

One of the best decisions we have ever made as parents was to enroll our son at Bridgedale Academy for 8th grade. We had heard of the first-class hockey training that he would receive from some of the most respected coaches and trainers in the state, but what we were not aware of was the classical education that he would be fortunate to experience from teachers who are some of the most dedicated, knowledgeable and caring teachers our son has EVER had.

Our son has flourished in the environment of smaller classroom sizes and individualized attention he receives every single day at school. And his ability to train hard as a goalie has only improved with the on-ice and off-ice training he participates in 4 days a week. The improvement in his athleticism is evidenced by his improved performance with his hockey team. We only wish we had enrolled him sooner!

- Deana Olson, Bridgedale mom

I am writing to share how thrilled my family is with Bridgedale Academy. Hockey for many families is a big commitment. For our family, more than the Ws or the extra ice time is the idea that hard work academically provides the privilege of getting on the ice. We met with Bridgedale Headmaster Mike McPartlin and found a way to get the most out of both!

The athletic staff is amazing, as both their on-ice and off-ice instruction focuses on the parts that most hockey teams cannot. You see results.

The academics are equally amazing. Our son is flourishing in the smaller class size, and the exta attention and challenging work has made him stronger in even his weaker areas of study. He is not just excelling at Bridgedale - he is exceeding!

If you are raising a student-athlete, you should give Bridgedale a serious look!

- Mark Boweak, Bridgedale dad

Thank you for all you do and have done for Tyler! This is the best choice we ever made and Tyler LOVES it!

- Bob Haskins, Bridgedale dad

I cannot thank the Bridgedale staff and coaches enough for setting the standard and groundwork for my son Tanner. He is a wonderful product of Bridgedale Academy. His success at school and hockey, and the fine young man he has become, is a true testament to Bridgedale Academy.

- Kim Hartman, Mom of Bridgedale Grad

 
 

We have sent all 3 of our boys to Bridgedale Academy. The academics have been outstanding.  The teachers and staff have gone above and beyond to help each of our sons in their academic growth. The hockey program that Bridgedale offers with 200x85  has provided all 3 of our boys skills to play competitively at the AAA level.  We are so grateful to Bridgedale for allowing our boys to attend this amazing Academy.

We have nothing but the highest regards for the school, its leadership and teachers.

- Bret Matthews, Bridgedale dad

Thanks again for your continued support and the wonderful job you've done with creating Bridgdale. It's sad to think this is D's last year. It's been a tremendous experience for him and he's loved every minute.

- Brad Burnside, Bridgedale dad

We have the full intentions to keep Tyler at Bridgedale next year and for as many years after. Bridgedale has been my MOST favorite experience thus far. The schooling environment, ethics and overall leadership teaching that Tyler has been privileged to partake in have blown me away. 

 
- Karen Kirchner, Bridgedale mom

Our experience at Bridgedale has been spectacular.

 
- Mike DeAngelo, Bridgedale dad

Wanted to thank Bridgedale for shaping Michael into such a great young man! He is doing very well in all his high school classes with A's and B's and they're moving him to Honors English. He is on the golf team and still with the Bruins. We've had several messages from his teacher saying what an amazing, respectful young man he is and how helpful he is to all, and ... I know that Bridgedale had a huge part in this! Just wanted to say thank you!! Miss you all. 

 
- Jaime M., Mom of Bridgedale Grad

Mark loved attending Bridgedale ... the academic and athletic structure at Bridgedale is hands-down the best I've encountered.

 
- Mark H., former Bridgedale dad

Needless to say we are over the top with Ryan's progress at Bridgedale and are kicking ourselves we didn't do it sooner.

 
 
- Jon S., Dad of Bridgedale Grad

My boys couldn't have been happier. Both the hockey and the academics are first rate. They absolutely loved it!

- Jim U., Dad of Bridgedale Grads

My son now loves getting up in the morning to go to school.

- Alexandra F., former Bridgedale Mom

Just wanted to give you kudos! What a great start to the year. We have never seen Henry so happy or motivated in his life. He is so thrilled to be at Bridgedale. Thank you for making the school a reality! We feel so blessed he is getting this experience.

- Nora N., Mom of Bridgedale Grad

Nicholas is absolutely loving school this year, both in class and of course in hockey.

- Jaimie A., former Bridgedale mom

My son told me last night he couldn’t believe how much he’d improved in just one week.

- Jo K., Mom of Bridgedale Grad

I can already see the improvement in my son. He’s been able to work on so many different aspects of his game.

- John V., former Bridgedale dad

I’ve never seen my son so happy, so confident, so responsible, and so willing to get up a 5:30am! He loves his new friends, adores his teachers, and feels like Bridgedale is home. I do not have to ask him to do homework or study for a test, it’s done. And already his hockey has improved by leaps and bounds.

- Regina V., Mom of Bridgedale Grad

Our son has never been so excited to go to school, even when it means getting up at the crack of dawn.

- Jill & Mike G., Parents of Bridgedale Grad

Bridgedale has been a positive influence on Braden. He wants to go to the school as long as he can. The atmosphere promotes dedication to hockey and academics. Headmaster Mike McPartlin teaches the boys respect, he gives and receives respect. Thank you for all you do.

- Ellie L., Mom of Bridgedale Grad

Our overall experience so far has been a very good one. Nicky is enjoying the school on and off the ice and in the classroom ... adjusting well to the demanding schedule.

- Kim G., former Bridgedale mom

Something special happening at Bridgedale! We’re honored to be a part of the Bridgedale family.

- Deb S., Mom of Bridgedale Grad