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Freshmen Bridge

Freshmen Bridge is a 15-week academic, work preparation, social skills program that seeks to help freshmen Verbum Dei students make the best possible academic and social transition to the Verb. The class, taken as Pass/No Pass, will provide students the opportunity to interface with Corporate Work Study (CWSP) coordinators, personal and guidance counselors, and the Assistant Principal. Students with limited access to technology in the home will also be provided access to the computer labs and Math support during this time.

Course Goals:

As a result of active participation in course presentations the Verbum Dei Freshmen Bridge course has the following goals:

  • To increase academic success
  • To facilitate the transition into high school
  • To decrease student disciplinary concerns
  • To develop a higher level of academic skills and abilities
  • To develop self-advocacy skills

Course Objectives (by day):

Students will be on a 4 day weekly cycle for the bridge program as follows:


Work day


Students will participate in the “Why Try” character building and life skills program. The goal of the Why Try program is to help students answer the question “Why try in life?” when they are frustrate, confused, or angry with life’s pressures and challenges.


Students will strengthen and sharpen their corporate work study skills, with the help of our CWSP coordinators. Students will work to acquire skills with professional business procedures, systems and applications. (CWSP workbook required)


Students will concentrate on computer and iPad skills and activities. Students will be using the internet/web for research, fact finding and verification. Students will also use computers for updating and completion of current computer required academic assignments.


Students will receive support, help and direction from our college guidance and personal counseling specialist on selective days. Student will began focusing on and planning their personal and academic futures. Also, students will continue the current Why Try program discussion and activities.

Physical Education 9

Specific training is provided for each student to help him reach and maintain the optimum level of physical and physiological development. The course promotes physical development, sports and health - therefore, it emphasizes academics, competition, self-control and sportsmanship.

Course Goals:

The goals are to provide opportunities for students to obtain optimal physical and emotional development. The course augments others in attempting to develop well-rounded young men who are capabale of functioning at a high level of efficiency in work, recreation and everyday activities.


This course is designed to provide information needed to make important decisions about health, wellness, and individual lifestyle. Topics related to health such as personalhealth and wellness, social and emotional health, safety, nutrition and physical activity, alcohol/tobacco/other drugs, HIV and STD’s Prevention, and sexuality education will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the student’s acquiring knowledge and assuming responsibility for one’s own health.

Course Goals:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of selected areas of health content by performance in written examinations, discussions, assignments and projects.
  • Identify and describe responsible health behaviors and attitudes.
  • Analyze current research by critically evaluating literature in health pertinent to course content.
  • Identify major influences on health behavior and indicate counteractive measures that can negate these influences if necessary.
  • Identify preventative health measures that can aid an individual, family, and society in maintaining their health status