Bridges Preparatory School (BPS) is a public K-12 state charter school that provides learning experiences designed to promote the maximum potential of its students. Understanding that learning and growth occurs in a variety of formats and environments, BPS offers engaging activities for its student body. BPS desires to advance student development and leadership capacity, support students in the pursuit of their passions, connect students with one another, enhance creative competence, and increase the overall sense of community and enjoyment.
Founded in 2013, BPS has quickly become a leading charter school in the state with over 1,300 students to date, dedicated faculty and staff, a strong academic foundation, and a state-of-the-art campus. Every aspect of BPS is intentionally designed with its students in mind.
To provide students equal access to a high-quality K-12 whole child education that maximizes academic excellence and strength of character in a student-centered learning environment created by a faculty of lifelong learners.
To assist each child in developing his or her unique gift intellectually, physically, socially, and ethically through whole child instruction in order to prepare students for college and career readiness, while ensuring their ability to be productive citizens, serving the community, and readily competing in the ever-changing global society.
Click the links below to read the BPS Charter, Charter Amendments, and Bylaws:
What is a charter?
- A charter is the non-profit corporation’s founding document, which lays out the mission and all specifics about the school from curriculum to operations
- The charter document is the contract between the school and its sponsoring district, which describes the school’s performance goals and commitments that must be met in order to receive contract renewal
- A charter school is a monetarily free and zone-free public school that receives public money from its sponsoring district
- Applications for charter schools must be approved by the South Carolina Department of Education and then either the County or State District
- All charter schools are non-profit
- Charters allow for innovative curriculum and classroom instruction
- Charters are exempt from certain, but not all, traditional public school requirements
- A group of citizens can submit and get approval of a charter to run an independent public school
- Charter schools are open to the public and may be attended by choice, regardless of where a child resides in the district
- Each child must fill out an application for a charter school
- Typically, charter schools are smaller schools with fewer students per classroom than traditional public schools, but often also receive less funding (no transportation or facilities monies are assigned)
- Charter schools are held accountable by their test scores and can be closed for low academic performance (among other reasons)
- Charter schools allow parents to become intricately involved in their child’s education
- BPS Legal Policy (Voted & Approved 1/2015)
- BPS Emergency & Crisis Plan (Approved 8/2023)
- BPS Enrollment Policy (Voted & Approved 6/2021)
- BPS Harassment & Sexual Harassment Policy (Voted & Approved)
- BPS Administration Disciplinary Action Policy (Voted & Approved 10/2014)
- BPS Communication Policy (Voted & Approved 10/2014)
- BPS Internet and Electronic Use Policy (Voted & Approved 9/2014)
- BPS Fiscal Policy (Voted & Approved 8/2014)
- BPS Whistleblower Policy
- BPS Board Code of Conduct
- BPS Record Retention Policy
- Erin's/Gavin's Law Opt Out Letter
- FERPA Notice to Parents
- Weapons Policy- refer to page 34 of family handbook
The South Carolina Public Charter School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, disability, age, religion, immigrant status, or national origin in its educational programs and employment practices. Questions pertaining to Section 504 and Title IX may be directed to Jessica Mullen.
The US Department of Education Office of Civil Rights has mandated new Title IX regulations with an effective date of August 14, 2020.
Bridges Preparatory School is committed to promoting gender equity, preventing hostile environments based on sex, prohibiting sexual harassment/violence, ensuring protection from retaliation, and remedying other gender-based forms of discrimination in academic settings per the regulations.
The Title IX office works to ensure a safe, welcoming, and harrassment free environment for all students. We provide training to faculty and staff, support to students, and prompt resolutions to all complaints related to discrimination, sexual conduct, and sexual harrassment in all aspects of our school, including academics, extracurricular activities, and athletics. The Title IX Office ensures that GCS is in compliance with all federal and state laws prohibiting sex-based discrimination, sexual harrassment, and retaliation.
Please contact our Title IX Coordinator regarding any questions: Caroline Lovell, SHRM-CP, PHR, CTIXC.
Important Title IX Documents
- Audit YE June 30, 2022
- Audit YE June 30, 2021
- Audit YE June 30, 2020
- Audit YE June 30, 2019
- Audit YE June 30, 2018
- Audit YE June 30, 2017
- Audit YE June 30, 2016
- Audit YE June 30, 2015
- Audit YE June 30, 2014