It’s in our name. We exist to bridge the gap between education and employment for Southwest Michigan youth.
To provide students an environment for new beginnings and positive educational experiences focused on career exploration and preparation.
All students have a clear path for job readiness and life stability.
The core values of integrity, opportunity and purpose lay a clear foundation for students to own their future.
The Academy welcomes every student into a place where meaningful learning begins with understanding the student as a “whole.” We are focused on meeting each individual where they are. We remove barriers to success and help our students become the best version of themselves through education and employment. You can count on our team to provide an organized, efficient and safe educational option for high school completion and career exploration.
The Bridge Academy of Southwest Michigan may be a brand new Public School Academy, but its origins span more than a decade of experience in Southwest Michigan to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in and out of the classroom.
Originally founded by Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass, Van Buren in 2010 as a partner program through various local school districts, the previous version of Bridge Academy has served hundreds of students in the tri-county area.
Now as a newly authorized public school academy, Bridge Academy of Southwest Michigan is launching as a 9-12 high school, offering a no non-sense approach to graduation attainment, wrap around support services and meaningful career exploration opportunities to the tri-county area. The academy is still located inside the Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass, Van Buren facility in Benton Harbor, allowing youth to access a variety of additional resources and support.