Bridge at Donum Dei

An academically rigorous, spiritually robust cohort program designed to inspire middle and high school students

 

Our Purpose

We believe Christ is the Truth and the Truth sets us free. Leaders and teachers in Bridge seek to shepherd middle and high school-aged students to follow Christ in pursuit of truth and its implications for our contemporary culture. Starting with truths revealed to us through Scripture, creation, and the history and traditions of the church, we encourage students to develop a working biblical worldview from which they can confidently approach future learning. With this goal in mind, Donum Dei Bridge students begin entry-level academic experiences that will prepare them for deeper-level thinking and contemplation. As they progress in their academic development and spiritual growth, Bridge students should expect to engage in healthy debate and academic pursuit that will help them clarify, deepen, and defend their understanding of truth. By providing our Bridge students with the tools and experience necessary to critically examine cultural trends and research issues through the lens of orthodox Christian beliefs, Donum Dei Bridge teachers, guides, and mentors nurture and train students’ academic, personal, and spiritual development. 

Bridge at Donum Dei incorporates select discoveries, research, and lessons from those outside the Christian faith who have made meaningful contributions to our wisdom and understanding across disciplines. Students should finish this program not only owning their faith, but also knowing about other worldviews and faiths. They should be able to defend who God is and who they are in Him when they encounter competing beliefs.

 

Our Program

Bridge at Donum Dei is a middle and high school cohort program with a curriculum and culture that is focused on building students’ hearts, minds, and bodies in ways that prepare them to honor God in their student and personal development. Without question, this program will enrich, challenge, and inspire students by fostering in them both a foundation of high expectations and high support. Bridge is designed to help students gain wonder, wisdom, and worship in ways they never imagined. To that end, Bridge at Donum Dei employs a university-like schedule and sets a foundation that engages rich cultural experiences; these support student development and success in various ways including, but not limited to, the following:

 

  1. We recruit teachers who are discipline-specific and enjoy sharing their talents and knowledge in their area of expertise.

  2. We employ a rigorous academic curriculum that challenges students to grow in knowledge and wisdom about the world around them and the God who created them.

  3. We guide students through skills and practices that they would learn in a college student success course including managing time, meeting expectations, growing in autonomy over their work, and effective note-taking and engaged reading.

  4. We train students from the beginning about the purpose of learning certain subjects in order to  position themselves as active agents in their growing knowledge.

  5. We help students integrate works among some of the greatest thinkers of all time to inspire their pursuit of God.

  6. We help students navigate how to embrace challenging coursework while balancing the desire to grow and rest in other areas of life.

  7. We help students improve academic engagement, effort, and quality by instilling in them a passion to work toward excellence.

  8. We train students to navigate a university-type schedule to help prepare them for their future collegiate experiences.

  9. We engage students in the areas of youth chorus, ballet/dance, martial arts, and art history/art as well as consistently employ field trips and service opportunities.

 

Our Practices

We believe shaping and forming young humans requires healthy rhythms and practices, including schedules that include short, intensive academic terms that instill dedicated, hard work while also allowing students to rest and be filled (sabbath breaks). Over time, these rhythms and patterns can support our aspirations to instill in students a desire for lifelong learning. With that, Donum Dei’s calendar is split into five academic sessions, each approximately eight weeks in length, separated by one-week breaks. Longer breaks are scheduled in the summer and over the Christmas holiday. 

 

Bridge at Donum Dei offers rigorous academic courses where Christ is central. Below are the proposed academic programs offered for the 2020/2021 academic year:


Bridge I (average age: 11.5-13 years old)

  • Mathematical Sciences: 

    • Singapore 6 (equivalent is Pre-Algebra) 

    • The History of Mathematics

    • Pre-Logic

    • Physical Science 

  • Humanities (1815 to the Present):

    • History, Literature, and Theology (integrated classes)

  • World Geography: Southern Hemisphere

  • Writing/Grammar and Rhetoric

  • Classical Languages:

    • Latin

    • Koine Greek

  • Spiritual Formation:

    • Bible Doctrine

    • Bible Narrative

    • Bible Recap

    • Spiritual Disciplines

    • Worship

  • Fine Arts:

    • Art History

    • Art

    • Chinese Calligraphy

  • Physical Arts:

    • Theater

    • Ballet/Dance

    • Martial Arts

    • Run Club

 

Bridge II (average age: 13* years old)

  • Mathematical Sciences:

    • Algebra I

    • The History of Mathematics

    • Logic I

    • Pre-Bio Life Sciences

  • Humanities:

    • Omnibus, an integrated history, literature, and theology course that focuses on great works following the Reformation and covers significant works of modern Western culture

  • World Geography: Southern Hemisphere

  • Writing/Grammar and Rhetoric

  • Classical Languages:

    • Latin

    • Koine Greek

  • Spiritual Formation:

    • Bible Doctrine

    • Bible Narrative

    • Bible Recap

    • Spiritual Disciplines

    • Worship

  • Fine Arts:

    • Art History

    • Art

    • Chinese Calligraphy

  • Physical Arts:

    • Theater

    • Ballet/Dance

    • Martial Arts

    • Run Club

Bridge III (average age: 15 years old)

  • Mathematical Sciences:

    • Pre-Calculus

    • Honors/AP Biology

  • Humanities: AP American History and Literature

  • Writing

  • Classical Languages:

    • Latin

    • Koine Greek

  • Spiritual Formation:

    • Systematic Theology

    • Bible Recap

    • Worship

  • Fine Arts:

    • Art

    • Chinese Calligraphy

  • Physical Arts:

    • Theater

    • Ballet/Dance

    • Martial Arts

    • Run Club

 

Teachers and Guides

Teachers and guides
​will teach in-person classes, assess student work and contributions, and guide students through select online courses administered by experienced Christian teachers through reputable academic institutions.

Donum Dei Bridge teachers and guides
will assess students’ work and contributions to Socratic discussions, presentations, service work/volunteerism, and team projects. Bridge teachers/guides assign course letter grades, but also give thoughtful, qualitative feedback in ways that will support student academic, personal, and spiritual development.

Our teachers and guides 

will serve in the spiritual development of the student, including training them up in the Word and practicing with them spiritual disciplines, such as Scripture memory, prayer, devotionals, and the defense of their faith.

 

Bridge Parents

​Donum Dei Bridge parents are the spiritual authority over their children and should engage with them in all aspects of their spiritual growth and development. Bridge parents are fully responsible for providing academic transcripts and assume overall responsibility for their child’s education. Parents should supplement this program in ways that they deem is best for their youth. In this cohort program, Bridge parents also should anticipate investing their time with academic support as needed and in various roles including field trips, service opportunities, and internship coordination as applicable.  

 

Bridge Curriculum

Donum Dei’s Bridge leadership has developed a curriculum that includes both online and in-person coursework and practical, developmental learning experiences throughout the city. The Donum Dei Bridge schedule will mirror Donum Dei Classical Academy's schedule. In the fall, Bridge students will attend classes and complete work on Mondays through Thursdays until 3:45pm and on Fridays until 1:30pm. 

Interested in the Bridge Program?

Identifying a school in San Francisco that is the right fit for your child — one that will provide the best intellectual, creative, and spiritual growth — can be a daunting task. However, we look forward to helping you navigate this process.

360 9th Avenue

San Francisco, California 94118

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