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Bridge Academy Department Overview

Category: Bridge Academy, Department Overviews
Length: Full Year
Description: The Bridge Academy is a school-within-a-school at Chelsea High School that encompasses the Language Learners (ELL) program for grades 9 - 12. All of the teachers and support staff in the Bridge Academy are trained to work with - and support - newcomers and second-language learners. The Bridge Academy was founded on five core principles:

  • Cultural and language differences are respected, valued, and celebrated;
  • Collaboration informs every aspect of classroom instruction and daily operation for students, faculty, and staff;
  • Integration of content-based ESL instruction occurs across a curriculum tailored to students' diverse and changing needs;
  • Accountability and high expectations guide all aspects of programming, instruction, and operation; and
  • The social and emotional needs of students and families are considered together with classroom instruction.

The primary focus of the Bridge Academy is preparing students to successfully transition into regular classes at Chelsea High School. The timing of this transition is based mostly on standardized test scores, along with academic performance, and Bridge Academy teacher and staff input.


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English 1

Course Number: CB100
Category: Bridge Academy
Credits: 10
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Full Year
Description: This double-block course is the core language development class for beginning and intermediate English Language Learners. Using a thematic content-based and project-based approach and a focus on collaboration, students work on reading, writing, listening to, and speaking English.
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English 2

Course Number: CB106
Category: Bridge Academy
Credits: 10
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Full Year
Description: This double-block course is the core language development class for intermediate and advanced English Language Learners. Using a thematic content-based and project-based approach and a focus on collaboration, students work on reading, writing, listening to, and speaking English.
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Sheltered ELA

Course Number: CB111
Category: Bridge Academy
Credits: 10
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Full Year
Description: This double-block course is modeled on the regular Chelsea High School English/Language Arts curriculum but with modifications for English Language Learners. It can be the culminating English class for students in the Bridge Academy.
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ESL Reading and Writing

Course Number: CB107
Category: Bridge Academy
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: This course provides further development of reading strategies and writing skills for intermediate English Language Learners. Students can take the class for one or two Quarters.
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Beginning ESL Seminar

Course Number: CB1001
Category: Bridge Academy
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: This course supports students English 1 students' work in their content - area classes, to build language development and reading strategies, and to meet specific learning needs throughout the year. Students generally take this class for two Quarters.
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ESL Literacy Seminar

Course Number: CB010
Category: Bridge Academy
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: This course addresses the academic needs of Bridge Academy students who have had significant interruptions in their education or no previous formal schooling. It includes exposure to basic 'survival' skills, conversational skills, and reading and writing skill development, and utilizes techniques from both K-5 classrooms and adult-education classrooms. Students can take this class for one or two Quarters.
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Advanced ESL Seminar

Course Number: CB1002
Category: Bridge Academy
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: This course supports Chelsea High School LEP students who have been recently mainstreamed. The class provides strategies for success in regular content classes, including academic vocabulary development, reading strategies, and research strategies. Students can take this class for one or two Quarters.
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ESL Reading Seminar

Course Number: CB1003
Category: Bridge Academy
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: This course supports Chelsea High School LEP students who have been recently mainstreamed and been identified as needing additional targeted reading services. The course objective is to develop strategies for reading texts that are typically encountered in regular content classes and to build academic vocabulary and background knowledge. Students can take this class for one or two Quarters.
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Algebraic Concepts

Course Number: CB203
Category: Bridge Academy
Credits: 10
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: This Quarter course is offered to students who enroll later in the school year. The course introduces the major concepts necessary for success in Integrated Math 1. Students work on improving their mathematical language.
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Math Parts 1 and 2

Course Number: CB201A/B
Category: Bridge Academy
Credits: 10
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Full Year
Description: This double-block introductory course is designed for students who need a basic mathematical foundation to prepare for integrated math.
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Integrated Math 1 Parts 1 and 2

Course Number: CB210A/B
Category: Bridge Academy
Credits: 10
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Full Year
Description: This double-block course focuses on developing mastery of the real number system and the language of symbolism of algebra and geometry. Students extend understanding of numerical manipulation to algebraic manipulation; summarize, represent, and interpret data; explore linear relationships; and apply linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. They also analyze different shapes and sizes, and practice the measurement of objects. Students learn strategies to connect the mathematics of algebra and geometry to real world problems.
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Integrated Math 2 Parts 1 and 2

Course Number: CB220A/B
Category: Bridge Academy
Credits: 10
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Full Year
Description: This double-block course focuses on analyzing key characteristics of quadratic functions with those of linear and exponential function, and learning about congruence and similarity to prove theorems involving lines, angles, triangles and other shapes. Students also apply probability to solve problems and evaluate the outcomes of decisions.
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Science 1

Course Number: CB400
Category: Bridge Academy
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: This course provides an introduction to the skills and concepts of science through topics such as movement; energy and heat; atoms as the basic unit of matter; and the design and execution of scientific experiments. Students develop language skills while they learn about science. The course provides a foundation for students who will enter core science classes.
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Bridge Academy Biology

Course Number: CB411
Category: Bridge Academy
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Full Year
Description: This course is aligned with the Massachusetts state Biology curriculum frameworks and the Common Core reading and writing standards for science. It covers most of the major topics of the regular Chelsea High School Biology curriculum, with a focus on developing the writing and reading skills of LEP students. It also prepares students to take the MCAS exam in Biology.
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Social Studies 1

Course Number: CB300
Category: Bridge Academy
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: This course provides an introduction to the skills and concepts of history and social studies through the study of topics such as geography and exploration. Using collaboration and project-based learning, students work on developing language skills while they learn about social studies. The course provides a foundation for students who enter US History or World History.
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Sheltered World History

Course Number: CB350
Category: Bridge Academy
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: This course follows the same curriculum as regular Chelsea High School World History classes, which is aligned to the Massachusetts history framework and the Common Core standards. Students focus on events in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America from the 1700s to the present day.
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Sheltered US History 1

Course Number: CB331
Category: Bridge Academy
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: This course follows the same curriculum as regular Chelsea High School US History 1 classes, which is aligned to the Massachusetts history frameworks and the Common Core standards. Students study the time period from the Colonial Era to the Progressive Era (1600 -1900), using primary and secondary sources, collaboration, and project-based learning.
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Sheltered US History 2

Course Number: CB341
Category: Bridge Academy
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: This course follows the same curriculum as regular Chelsea High School US History 2 classes, which is aligned to the Massachusetts history frameworks and the Common Core standards. Students study the time period from the Age of Imperialism to the present day (1900 - 2012) using primary and secondary sources and a variety of learning activities.
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