Key Program Outcomes
Bridges draws its students from seven Title I elementary schools in northeast Baltimore. Each entering student shows up to school regularly, has grades of Cs and above, and has at least one parent or guardian that wants to partner with Bridges on their child’s long term success.
Third grade entrants are considered average to above average students in their own elementary schools. They are also statistically unlikely to graduate high school in good academic standing and unlikely to receive a college degree by age 24.
While college is not the only pathway to success, a degree can open the door to careers that are both interesting and financially rewarding. Positioning each student to matriculate into college after high school graduation, to graduate college, and to convert it into a thoughtful career pathway – these are all drivers of our programs, guidance, and support to students and families from age 9 to age 23.
As a result of these goals, we look to the following outcomes as measures of overall effectiveness:
(1) Student retention from elementary through high school
(2) High school graduation rate
(3) College matriculation rate
(4) College persistence rate (and forthcoming college graduation and career matriculation rates)
To date, about 70% of students who enter Bridges in elementary school participate through the end of high school. Of these students, 100% graduate high school, 80%-100% annually enter college, and 80% of college starters persist in college. Our college program is new and we are working to ensure that degrees started are completed and converted into careers.
In the last five years, Bridges high school seniors have matriculated to the following institutions:
|American University (DC)||Shaw University (NC)|
|Bowie State University (MD)||Stevenson University (MD)|
|Bucknell University (PA)||St. Mary's College of Maryland (MD)|
|Capitol Technology University (DC)||Temple University (PA)|
|Coastal Carolina University (SC)||The College of New Jersey (NJ)|
|College of Mount Saint Vincent (NY)||The University of the Arts (PA)|
|Coppin State University (MD)||Towson University (MD)|
|Frostburg State University (MD)||University of Baltimore (MD)|
|Georgetown University (DC)||University of Maryland College Park (MD)|
|Goucher College (MD)||University of Maryland Eastern Shore (MD)|
|Hood College (MD)||Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)|
|Howard University (DC)||Washington College (MD)|
|Morgan State University (MD)||West Virginia Wesleyan College (WV)|
|Mount St. Mary's University (MD)||Williams College (MA)|
|North Carolina Central University (NC)|
|Anne Arundel Community College (MD)||Community College of Baltimore County (MD)|
|Baltimore City Community College (MD)||Harford Community College (MD)|