Nationally, 28% of students drop out before they even become a sophomore in college stranding credits and incurring student debt that saddles a student for years.
The top two reasons for dropping out according to an article “23 College Dropout Statistics That Will Surprise You” By Kim P, are:
“According to a study conducted by Public Agenda, the number one reason for leaving college is money. It’s not high tuition bills, though. Many students work while going to school. They find it too difficult to balance both responsibilities. In fact, only 31% of those citing money as their reason for dropping out did so because of high tuition rates. 54% said they dropped out because they couldn’t balance work and school.” Bridge Academy students complete college with drastically reduced student debt without having to take remedial courses, and with scholarships available for income qualified students.
A feature of The Bridge Academy is its structured educational experience. These courses are taught by college approved high school teachers. In addition to their college courses, Bridge Academy students attend their regional CTE School where they participate in technical education in a field of their choice which in many cases have articulated college credits available. Students can also take additional college courses outside of traditional high school time at the same reduced price.
The secret to success is that students have more access to support services in high school. Guidance counselors, teachers, professors, CTE instructors and parents are all there to help students succeed. The Bridge Academy trains students to advocate for themselves, develop study habits, and attain invaluable experience through summer academies, internships, and job shadowing. Student access to high school teachers is a common reason for success stated by graduates of the Bridge Academy. The transition to campus life is much easier for Bridge Academy students who have proven that they do not need remedial courses.
Bridge Academy students are committed individuals who utilize their educational opportunities, learn best through relevant, real-life experiences, and who are willing to put forth extra effort towards their future. Bridge Academy is an excellent extraordinary opportunity to pursue only after thoughtful consideration and understanding of the magnitude of commitment and work required to achieve success.