Bridges Program

Quick Facts

Cristina O'Neal

Hours:  8:30am-2:45pm

Breakfast & Lunch Program

Transportation Provided

Follows Wake County Public School Traditional Calendar

Follows Wake County Public School System Inclement Weather Policy


Program Information

The mission of the Bridges program is to provide an alternative educational and therapeutic environment that allows elementary students with significant unmet emotional/behavioral needs to progress academically and behaviorally.  The program is a component of the Wake County Public School System and is located in a wing of Mt. Vernon School.

Students best served by the Bridges Program are students in Kindergarten through 5th grade  experiencing academic, emotional and behavioral difficulties interfering with school success.  Students difficulties may also include academic, family, behavioral, social, neurological, and thought/mood disorders.

The goal for the Bridges Program is to give students the opportunity to learn and demonstrate responsible behavior, to express feelings and needs appropriately, to develop positive self-esteem, and to improve academic functioning.

The number of students attending Bridges varies during the school year as students transition to appropriate educational settings and as new students are referred and accepted.  Bridges can serve up to 56 students at one time.

Staff at Bridges includes a Director, lead teacher, secretary, teaching staff (teachers and teacher assistants), psychologist, social worker, liaisons, and crisis assistants.  Bridges also has physical education, music and art teachers each one day a week.


  Assessment/Intervention Program   Formal and Informal Assessments
  Structured Management & Feedback Systems   Tailored Academic Instruction
  Daily Student/Staff Group Meetings   Strong Liaison w/Community Services
  Focus is on Increasing Academic, Social and Behavioral Competencies
  Support for Students & Staff Upon Transitioning to a Less Restrictive Setting
  Development of Interventions & Plans to Facilitate Student Success

Wake County Public School System