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Boarding School Bridge Program

Key information

Start dates:
Course length:
One academic year (Year 8)

Entry requirements


Completed Year 7 or 8;
GPA 3.0
Students with TOEFL below 60 can qualify for a conditional letter of acceptance by enrolling in High School Preparation Program

Age range: 12-14

Other requirements: Personal Statement, Skype interview and two Letters of Recommendation (one from a Math teacher, one from an English or History teacher). Successful applicants will have above-average emotional intelligence, outstanding leadership potential, the ability to work well on teams, and a strong drive to succeed both inside and out of a classroom.

Pathway for Boarding School Bridge Program

Rutgers Boarding School Bridge Program pathway


The Boarding School Bridge Program provides the opportunity for 8th grade international students to spend a year preparing for American high school — serving as a bridge between middle school and high school.

This one-year program will allow students to learn subject-area content, improve test scores, and develop skills they need to succeed in a competitive and collaborative high school curriculum. All classes will be taught by Rutgers Prep faculty, and will be partially integrated with Rutgers Prep's 8th grade class.

Program content

Students' focus will be on strengthening analytical, oral, and written language skills. Students will take English language and literature classes, American History, Science, and finally Mathematics at a level appropriate to students' incoming ability.


  • The study of English is designed to develop students’ ability to read, write, speak, and think critically.
  • Assigned reading includes young adult and classic literature. Students explore novels, short stories, plays, and poetries.
  • Discussion, journal entries, essays, and creative writing provide opportunities for students to respond to class material in a variety of ways.
  • Students improve their writing through conferences with the teacher, peer edit, and writing multiple drafts.
  • Vocabulary, grammar, and spelling are addressed individually as well as in group lessons.
  • Whenever possible, connections between the English curriculum and those of other subjects are emphasized.


  • Students study American history through the 20th century.
  • The various social, political, and economic factors that led to the formation and development of the United States of America are studied.
  • Through exploration of diaries, journals, historical documents, maps, and other primary sources as well as the text, students seek to identify institutions and traditions important to the American experience.
  • Study of U.S. history is writing intensive and skills practiced include reading for content, note taking, discussion participation, and formal writing.


  • Students focus on the scientific method and data collection through exploration of introductory physics, chemistry, and biology.
  • Students develop an understanding and appreciation of a broad spectrum of scientific knowledge in clear, concise manner, both verbally and in writing.
  • Lab work encourages students to work cooperatively and challenges them to collect data accurately.
  • Students work individually and collaboratively to analyze data and human body systems.
  • The course culminates in a dissection lab experience.


Students will either be placed in Algebra I or Geometry, based on previous math performance and placement tests.

Algebra I

  • Explores concepts and techniques of algebra in order to prepare students to solve problems following a logical succession of steps.
  • Bridges the concrete to the abstract within the study of mathematics.
  • Concepts include variables, linear and quadratic equations, polynomials, factoring, ratio and proportion, system of equations, inequalities, functions, rational and irrational expressions, and linear and nonlinear graphing.
  • Process is stressed over algorithm. Students develop strategies to solve problems and apply those strategies to real-life situations.


  • Students develop ideas from Euclidean plane and solid geometry and then integrate these ideas from analytic geometry.

Cycle Courses and Ideas & Innovations

Cycle-level courses facilitate interest in ideas and grade-level experiences that build social and academic connections. Ideas & Innovations courses are designed for mixed groups of student and offer an opportunity to select a course that piques their curiosity. All are subject to change based on teacher expertise and student interest.

Cycle Courses:

  • Art
  • Drama
  • Digital Literacy
  • Persuasive Writing and Speaking

Ideas & Innovations Courses:

  • Mad Learn App Coding
  • Public Speaking and Debate
  • STREAM Projects
  • Library Learning
  • Robotics
  • Financial Literacy
  • 3-D Design
  • Ethics and Service

Learning outcomes

Students learn subject-area content, improve test scores, and develop the skills they will need to succeed at high school. With individual attention, students develop the learning and communication skills needed to acclimate to a new culture and educational environment.

Cultural experiences

Students in the Boarding School Bridge Program will also take advantage of the unique cultural offerings inherent in the central location of Rutgers Prep.

They will be immersed in American culture as they visit museums, landmarks, and historic sites, such as the Empire State Building, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They will also participate in American life by attending local sporting and cultural events.

The year will provide students with a well-rounded perspective on what it means to live and study in the Northeastern USA.

Progression options

Upon completion of this one-year program, students can return to their home countries for high school or progress to a wide range of top-quality boarding schools. Students will be supported during this application process while enrolled at Rutgers Prep.

Past students have been accepted to the Rutgers Prep High School program, the Purnell School, Gill St. Bernard’s School, Bishop George Ahr High School, and the Wardlaw-Hartridge School (minimum TOEFL iBT 85).