Bridge to College as Graduation Pathway

With new legislation passed in the 2019 Washington Legislature, Bridge to College courses are now designated as one of several available options students can use to meet their “graduation pathway” requirement for a high school diploma. Now that Washington students are no longer required to meet specific standards on the Smarter Balanced high school assessment, the pathway options are designed to provide alternatives that will help all students get prepared for their next steps after high school, whether it be a 2- or 4-year college/university, employment, or military service. The Bridge to College courses are part of the “college-going” pathway and continue to serve as an excellent opportunity for students who want to go college but need some targeted instructional support in high school to gain the confidence and skills they need to be successful in college courses, especially the required entry-level English and math courses.