Using this website

The Bridges Team is working hard on making the website user friendly and informative, but it is still a work in progress.

In this section you can find information about how the website is structured and a description of how each of the sections in the Curriculum portion of the site is organized. The site is still under heavy construction, but as more information is posted we will update this page with more instructions on where to find information and how things may have changed.

Getting Started


Thank you for visiting the Bridges to Academic Success Website. We are working hard to make this site user friendly and informative, but it is still a work in progress. If you have any questions or comments that are specific to the website, please use the Contact Form to send us a message.

About Bridges

If you are interested in learning more about the Bridges Project and what our organization philosophy and goals are, please start by reading our Mission & Vision.

Viewing the Curriculum

For those looking for curriculum materials, please start by checking out the “Curriculum Overview” tab. All the curriculum materials are password protected. At this time we are only sharing our materials with teachers at our partner schools. If you would like to know more about using the Bridges Curriculum at your school, please fill out the Contact Form for more information.

Tools and Resources

Under the Tools and Resources tab are supplemental materials for use in the Bridges classroom. This includes intake and assessment materials, and eventually a reading list and shopping list for materials. Please check back here at a future time as we continue to add resources to this section.

Note on Browsers

Please note that this website is optimized for the latest versions of Chrome and Firefox. It should also work with the new Microsoft Edge browser and on your mobile devices. It is not compatible with Internet Explorer and many other older browsers like Mozilla or Opera. Please update your browsers to the latest versions to get the best experience.

Curriculum Page Layout

Each page is structured roughly in the same manner. After a short introductory paragraph about the Unit the files and materials associated with that Unit appear below.

The four buttons represent high-level documents for the unit.high_lev_docs



Below this are columns with various materials including Student Materials, Glossaries, and any Bilingual materials that are available.

In many cases the headers are linked to documents that include all the files posted within the column. If a bundle for all the files exists there will be a file icon next to the header, like this .

Files in the column are bundled into “Sets” which represent roughly 5 lessons worth of materials.

How to download and open zip files

Zip files should automatically download once you click on the link on the website. Zip files are marked either with a parenthetical (zip) or a zip file icon, .

If you are using an Apple computer, .zip files can be extracted automatically once you double click on the file in Finder. You will be prompted to specify a location to save all the files contained in the .zip file.

Newer PC computers using Windows 7 – 10 will also automatically extract .zip files into a folder of your specification.

If the file does not extract automatically when you double click on it, then you may need to download a program which can extract .zip files. WinZip is one option for this.

Downloading and Opening pdf files

Depending on your browser settings, pdf files are either downloaded automatically, or they will open in a preview window.

To download a file from the preview window click on the “Save” icon


The save icon can also look like thisĀ .

Once you have saved the file to your computer, you will need a pdf viewer to open and print the files, like Adobe Reader.

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