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Elementary & Middle Summer Institute

The Bridges academic year for elementary and middle school students begins in June with the Summer Institute. The Summer Institute (a cross between school and camp) lasts eight hours a day for five weeks, and features a demanding academic schedule, art, sports, outdoor education, and field trips. Students return to the Summer Institute for the six summers through the end of middle school. 

The slideshow below gives a taste of the Elementary and Middle Summer Institute.

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All Program Orientation

Bridges parents, students, teachers, and volunteers pose for a shot during pre-program orientation.

Language Arts Enrichment

Fifth grade language arts teacher, Mr. Glassman, reading Love That Dog with his students.  Students receive over an hour of language arts enrichment each day of the program.

Math Enrichment

Fifth grade math teacher, Mrs. Real, uses a hose, a protractor, and a tape measure to explain angles to her students. Students receive over an hour of math enrichment each day of the program.


Sixth grade musical theatre teacher, Mr. Brown, teaches students a dance for their closing ceremony performance - a funky rendition of The Emperor's New Clothes. Each grade of students receives 60 minutes of art instruction each day.


Bridges students Joseph and Brandon participate in instructional swim with Mrs. Breitmeyer. Students have swimming at least once a week - part of an athletics program that provides students with at least 60 minutes of activity each day.


Fifth grade students and volunteers practice warrior one position in their weekly yoga class.


Colleen, a volunteer from St. Paul's School for Girls, helps Kaelyn with a project in fourth grade studio art. Thirty fix students from the St. Paul's Schools make 2 - 3 week long volunteer commitments to Bridges each summer.

Community Service

Dante and Head Counselor, Brianna, take a break from removing invasive species from a park during the sixth grade's Service Week trip with Bluewater Baltimore. Each grade of students takes a Service Week trip to underscore the importance of leading by serving others.

A View into the Future

Ninth graders and their etiquette luncheon hosts from RBC Wealth Management dining at the Maryland Club. Each grade of Bridges students takes a View Into The Week trip to raise awareness of careers and opportunities for post high school education.

Outdoor Adventures

Sixth graders kayaking during their Outdoor Week to Marshy Point State Park. Each year in the program, students take an Outdoor Week trip to develop an appreciation of the outdoors and the environment.

Baltimore Exploration

The eighth grade poses during their Baltimore Week trip to M&T Bank Stadium sponsored by M&T Bank. Each grade of students takes a Baltimore Week trip to help raise student awareness of the city.

Team Competition

Sixth grader, Toby, takes her turn in the annual spelling bee. The spelling bee is one of five all-program activities where students can earn points for their teams.

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