News at Bricolage
Adding more students to our family
This school year we added three fourth grade classes with 26-27 students each, bringing our total student population to 435+.
In preparation for our middle school/fifth grade launch in 2018-2019, Middle School Principal Fellow Antigua Wilbern will have a planning year to design and test different elements of the middle school model. She will get to know students, families, and the Bricolage community as she involves everyone in the school design process.
“After 12 years of experience in public education as a teacher, a leader, and everything in between, I am inspired to do school differently,” Wilbern says. “Together we will design a middle school that equips young people with the knowledge, skills, capacity, and qualities they need, not just to succeed in the world, but to shape it.”
Increasing Opportunity and meeting needs as an LEA
Bricolage will work as a local educational agency (or “LEA”): this means we will act as our own school district with more authority, responsibility, and accountability in the areas of federal funding and special education. We will also be able to apply for federal grants that are available only to school districts, providing us with additional opportunities to grow.
As an LEA, we are also able to commit more resources to special education services. We are responding to student needs through a 200% increase in staff dedicated to serving students with special needs: a full-time Speech and Language Pathologist, and a dedicated Gifted Education Teacher. We have also added three more Special Education Paraprofessionals and an additional full-time Special Education Teacher. Currently, 16% of students at Bricolage have individualized education plans.