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Testimonials

What Our Parents Say

Is it really that important for my son to attend a sports academy like Bridgedale Academy?

Bill Vander Velde

Bill Vander Velde

To say we are overwhelmed at what has happened to the boys in such a short period of time is understatement. Please indulge me as we list some of the positive attributes that have developed in just 7 months:

1. Increased self confidence as individuals. Both are making decisions quicker and more freely for themselves.

2. Character development on and off the ice. Both have strengthened their mental strength to make right decisions in adverse situations and not succumb to peer pressure.

3. Personal responsibility has increased. They are quicker to be aware of what is going on around them and be part of a solution and not being a problem.

4. Increased academically. They both care about their grades and monitor their progress and strived to be their best.

5. Their hockey skills….this can’t even quantified. The growth disparity from when both started to now is immeasurable. It’s mind blowing. Being at Bridgedale has opened many doors for both boys for hockey. Josh has moved up to what I believe as one of the top 2011 goalies in the country. These aren’t actually my words but from coaches. Jacob, what can we say, wow, he is showing some serious skills and looks to be carving out his own path to playing exceptional hockey.

6. Their personal responsibility growth, for their own actions, as a classmate, teammate, student and as an individual has been outstanding.

Both boys love Bridgedale. They never complained about getting up at 5:30 am to go to school. Never complained about school. Rather just the opposite. We are still in shock over it all.

Grant Hyland

Grant Hyland

Just a short note to tell you how proud and happy I am for Cole.

He is truly blessed to have found his way to this amazing place called Bridgedale Academy.

I truly wish all boys had the opportunity to experience a similar environment.

Thank you for your vision and always having such care for Cole.

Lori Schmidt

Lori Schmidt

Andrew’s 8th grade experience at Bridgedale Academy was genuinely trans-formative for him.

We sent him to Bridgedale because he was not excited about going back to middle school and was falling through the cracks. All we hoped for was that he’d get through the year without shutting down as he’d been.

In hindsight, attending Bridgedale was the best decision we’ve made for him.

Paul Twaddell

Paul Twaddell

Just wanted to send a quick note to say thanks to you and the teachers at Bridgedale. Noah has been there for about a month now and I can’t tell you how happy April and I are about the decision we made to send him there. It certainly has been an adjustment for him, especially to the amount of time he spends on homework, but he hasn’t complained once.

Ken Mathieu

Ken Mathieu

The boys are absolutely loving Bridgedale. Thank you for starting and running such a fantastic school.

Tanya Stanish

Tanya Stanish

I really appreciate how (during the COVID-19 lockdown) Bridgedale has implemented virtual learning in a way that best mimics an actual classroom setting. The teachers are doing the teaching, the boys are interacting online and the school work is progressinng.

For us parents who are now working from home, we do not feel the pressure of having to homeschool our children or worry about idle time. They are fully engaged, as if still in school.

I am so grateful for the way the Bridgedale teachers have pulled this together.

Dave Donoghue

Dave Donoghue

We are amazed and appreciative for all that Bridgedale Academy has done amidst the COVID situation.

First, you transitioned seamlessly to online learning. It is no surprise, but every Bridgedale teacher has done an impressive job of continuing Bridgedale’s mission growing the minds annd hearts of young men.

Charlie is as engaged and challenged as ever. We assumed the hockey portion of Bridgedale would fall off without ice or in-person education. Instead, the online group workouts have been just what Charlie needed to continue to strengthen his body and release some of the energy from not being able to get on the ice.

Thank you. Once again you have reinforced our belief that Bridgedale is the best place to grow Charlie academivally, as a young man, and as an athlete.

Mark Borst

Mark Borst

The fact that the Bridgedale faculty was able to adapt and pivot to this new COVID-19 reality has been amazing to watch. Almost without missing a single beat, Mike, Christina and their entire team transitioned into an online school.

The boys are in class sessions from 8:00am to 1:30pm every day, just like a normal school schedule, with breaks and lunch intertwined. Once the school day is done, their off-ice sessions begin for a 45-60 minute session.

All this has been happening on Zoom. This unfortunate COVID situation has been tackled in the best way possible. This experience will make the school, the teachers and the boys stronger in the future for any challenges that come their way.

Bridgedale Strong!

Olga Khamichonak

Olga Khamichonak

As I opened the door to my son’s room (during the recent COVID-19 quarantine), I saw him in front of the computer, focusing intently, and then writing something in his notebook. He was listening to and answering his teacher. I was especially impressed that the boys were even able to break out into small groups online for small-group discussions.

Huge thanks to Bridgedale’s Academic Dean, Headmaster and teachers for going the extra mile. They transitioned to online distance learning (and) it felt as though the children were still attending regular school: same interactive classes, same quizzes, same homework (maybe more).

Thanks also to the athletic trainers. The Bridgedale boys still have live athletic training every day. It gives me confidence that, when this year’s tryouts finally come, my son will be ready.

It takes dedicated teachers, coaches and administrators to do this for the boys. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

Kim Price

Kim Price

I wanted to express my thanks and appreciation for the spectacular job you and the teachers did, quickly transitioning from in-class to online educating (during this COVID-19 crisis)!

I was initially worried at the thoiught of my son needing me to homeschool him, but all anxieties were calmed after day one of my son on Zoom with this teachers and classmates.

He was still learning, given homework, completing tests and being held accountable. He still had school hours and schedule, which made this version of online leraning turn out better than I could have imagined.

Jackie Manisco

Jackie Manisco

The Bridgedale Academy teachers and staff have been nothing short of amazing (during this COVID-19 crisis)! They have continued to keep my son Ian’s education and dry-land training a top priority.

These leaders have added a structured “normal” schedule to my son’s day-to-day routine in what seems to be the most trying and unprecedented times of his life.

Val Rivelli

Val Rivelli

Deciding to have Dominick attend Bridgegdale was the best decision we have made for him. Thank you for all you have done for Dom. I can’t say enough about the education he received. We are sad to be leaving, but you all have greatly prepared Dom for whatever comes next.

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