Bridge to College Courses
The Bridge to College courses for English language arts (ELA) and Mathematics are fourth-year (senior-level) courses designed for students scoring a Level 2 on the Smarter Balanced high school assessment (11th grade). Students who earn a “B” or better in the Bridge Course are eligible to enter credit-bearing coursework in any of the State of Washington Community and Technical Colleges.
The courses are grounded in essential career and college readiness expectations as reflected in the Washington State K-12 Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics (the Common Core State Standards) to ensure that students passing the course are fully prepared for college-level coursework. The courses were developed by higher education faculty, high school teachers, and curriculum specialists from multiple colleges and school districts.
Schools commit to using the specified course with title and course code provided by OSPI for the courses being taught. The Bridge course code for ELA is #01069. The Bridge course code for mathematics is #02099.
“The thinking process in this class helps you think in a way that will be valuable to you as you pursue further education. The class really allows students to engage in the material they wouldn’t be able to in a more traditional setting.”
“The course gives students a lot of the writing, critical thinking, and analysis that they’ll use with any program they go into. It’s a rigorous course that gives students what they need to be successful in all other post high school endeavors.”
- Increase student engagement in mathematics and ELA.
- Save money in college by not having to enroll in remedial courses.
- Deepen student understanding of crucial knowledge and skills needed to be successful in college.
Over 200 teachers in 125 high schools across Washington State taught the course in 2015-2016, and in 2016-2017 there will be more than 300 teachers with roughly 6000 students using the course to prepare for college success.
OSPI, in partnership with State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) with funding from College Spark Washington, supports implementation of the Bridge to College Mathematics and English courses through a formal structure of professional learning and networking. All new teachers participate in a three-day summer workshop in order to be eligible to teach the course. Each school also sends a principal or building leader to one day of the summer workshop to help support the course implementation. All Bridge to College teachers collaborate and learn together in “Communities of Practice”, which meet regionally 5 times during the course of the school year.
Applications for the 2016-17 school year are now closed. Please check back in January 2017 for updates about funding for the 2017-18 year.
For more information about the Bridge to College Initiative and courses:
English Course Information, 2016-17
Mathematics Course Information, 2016-17
| Mathematics Course Materials
The District and School Assurances provide information about the funding for the course, as well as the required commitments from both the school and the district.
Higher Education Placement Agreements
WA Community and Technical Colleges
WA Baccalaureate Institutions
Parent Letters for students selected for the Bridge courses:
Resources that provide more information about course implementation: