Why Bridge Kindergarten?

For the past few years, we have become aware of a growing interest in bridge kindergarten programs in the Jewish community and beyond. Families are exploring different options for children who are born in the summer and fall who may benefit from another year before kindergarten.

How is Bridge Kindergarten different from traditional Kindergarten?

Bridge kindergarten (Bridge K) is designed to give younger children the gift of time.  Students born in the summer and fall are usually ready to leave preschool, but not always ready for the more structured learning environment of kindergarten. These students may benefit most from the continued opportunity for in-depth play combined with elements of structured learning. A Bridge K environment provides students with exposure to pre-academic, physical and social-emotional kindergarten readiness skills, while allowing significant opportunities for free play. Children born in the summer and fall who experience a Bridge K environment are much more likely to thrive with joy when they enter kindergarten the following year.

Who qualifies for the Bridge K program?

Any child who will be turning five years old between September 1st and January 31st may apply to our Bridge K. If your child will turn five before September 1st and you feel s/he will benefit from Bridge K, we will consider him/her for our Bridge K program.

What is the OHDS Bridge K Tuition?

The tuition for the Bridge K day (8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) is $20,500.

Is there Flexible Tuition for Bridge K?

Yes, our Bridge K program has flexible tuition. If you would like the school to evaluate your flexible tuition, please submit information to www.sssbynais.org.

Is aftercare available?

Aftercare is available until 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Schedule a tour today by contacting Philippa Lichterman, admissions director: plichterman@ohds.org or 510-531-8600.