B.R.I.D.G.E. Summer Program Schedule


What does a typical day look like?

7:30-8:30 Breakfast
8:30-9:45 Lecture
9:45-10:15 Break
10:15-11:30 Critical Literacy Seminar
11:30-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30 College Skills Seminar
2:30-5:00 Homework /Personal Projects
5:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:15 Life Together/Community Building
8:15-10:00 Homework/Free Time/Open Gym
10:00-11:30 Prep for Bed
11:30 Lights Out

Students will attend a lecture during the morning, five times a week. Courses will be taught by professors from the arts, humanities, Bible/theology and social sciences. 

Critical Literacy Seminar
After the lecture, students will participate in a discussion based seminar to discuss reading assignments relating to what the lecture covered that day.

College Skills Seminar
Scholars will participate in a college readiness class taught by a Wheaton College admissions counselor as well as guest speakers. In this class, students will learn how to choose a college, how to complete college applications, and how to write personal statements.

Life Together
In the evenings, scholars will participate in community building activities which will include Bible studies, mentoring nights with program staff, game/sports nights, movie nights, etc.


Academic Benefits
During the summer, scholars will work on developing their critical thinking, writing and readings skills. Students will practice:

  • Writing effectively, for various applications that pertain to success in college.
  • Reading critically, with reasonable speed, comprehension and recall
  • Speaking clearly and with conviction, expressing both ideas and emotions
  • Listening attentively and being able to understand the perspectives of others with differing views
  • Thinking analytically and considering various ways to problem solve.

PLEASE NOTE: Scholars will not receive academic high school or college credit for participating in BRIDGE; however, a letter of recognition of completion of the program will be sent to their high school academic counselor at the end of the summer. This letter can be used as proof of completion and referred to in college applications. 

What will students do on weekends?
Saturday: Scholars will spend Saturday mornings catching up on sleep and homework and Saturday afternoons participating in recreational outings. A family weekend will be held the second Saturday of BRIDGE.

Sunday: Each Sunday, scholars will visit a different church in the community. After church, students will be free until 6:00pm.

Do I need to do anything to be eligible to return for the second summer?
To be eligible to return for the second summer, students must continue to demonstrate academic achievement and participate in BRIDGE sponsored activities throughout the school year.

How will BRIDGE be different each of the two summers?
During the first summer, students will receive a general overview of the liberal arts in the context of faith and learning and will focus on developing skills that will help them continue to succeed in high school.

The second summer, students will focus on preparing for the academic and social transition into college. Students will participate in two month-long college level courses taught by Wheaton College professors as well as complete at least three college applications. As a final project, each student will choose one local or global community issue they would like to address through an outreach project.

Download an application (PDF)

For more information, please contact:
B.R.I.D.G.E. Coordinator
Wheaton College
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187