Grades 11 and 12:
Serving between 50 – 80 students each year, the school provides extra lessons and tutoring in math, physical sciences, English and accounting. A Life Skills program has been added to provide computer literacy, career assessments, career development and social justice issues. Each of these topics is presented once a month and guest speakers are invited to present some of the topics.
University students are the tutors and they all have sufficient knowledge of the subjects that they are teaching. The competition is great for university admission as well as scholarships. The Saturday School provides academic tutoring as well as furthering life skills.
The atmosphere amongst the students and the tutors is great. One of the objectives is that the students must leave the program each Saturday having understood the work that they were doing during class, as this is a supplement to the work that the student has done during the week.
The Bridgeman Saturday School started in August 2003; the major reason was to bridge the gap between suburban and township high schools when it comes to understanding the subject content. The goal is to increase the probability for the township students to qualify to study in their university of choice and feel confident that they are on the same par with the students in the suburban high schools.
The After Care program serves students in grades 1 to 7 and ages 7 to 13. The programs aim is to be a center of motivation that instills moral values in children who in turn will pass it on to their siblings. Many of the students come from single parent homes or live with a grandparent who may not be able to assist the children with their homework, reading, writing and arithmetic skills. Since the children are exposed to drug abuse and crime every day, it is hoped that by having a place to go to they will be encouraged to study and be involved in organized recreational activities. The center becomes a second home to these children, a safe place. The daily program starts with a snack followed by homework time, and of course time for an organized fun activity.
Staffing is university students who volunteer their time. The children spend time in a safe environment rather than on the streets. To broaden the minds of the students, life skills are introduced with the objective of them making a positive contribution to society.