Mamie D. Lee Campus
Bridges and Briya Public Charter Schools was awarded the Mamie D. Lee Campus for redevelopment – an underutilized public school building and grounds in Washington DC. Originally constructed in 1967, the Mamie D. Lee School was designed for special needs children. The campus was an ideal pairing for a site, building and program. Collectively, their vision was to create a site with wraparound services for children and families with a focus of those with special needs. Their campus partnering realized this vision of providing a full spectrum of education programming from infant and toddler to adults. With aspirations to extend services to the families, and other supportive community adults, Bridges and Briya constructed more space than their program needed for leasing to Mary’s Center Community Health Education, Training and Research. Mary’s Center is a federally qualified health center that provides health care, family literacy and social services to individuals whose needs too often go unmet by the private systems. Mary’s Center Community Health Center provides counseling and medical service to their families as well as the surrounding community.
Awards | Industry Recognition
2018 USGBC NCR Innovative Project of the Year
2017 USGBC LEED Gold Certification 2017
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Students learn from experience. At Bridges, the classroom instruction is a combination of direct instruction, investigation, exploration and play. Each day students learn new skills through group and individual hands-on learning. Teachers serve as instructors and facilitators, encouraging students to interact with peers, materials and the environment.
Individual educational planning is done to meet each student’s individual learning needs. Bridges addresses skills in all developmental areas (cognitive, linguistic, physical, and social emotional) to develop the whole student.