Xavier hosts 135 students for five-week bridge program

Educational partnership with Withrow University High School enjoys success in its third year | June 18, 2004

Alter Hall has become the residence of an innovative form of summer school. From Monday, June 7, through Friday, July 2, more than 135 students from Withrow University High School are participating in the Withrow University Bridge Program. Classes meet Monday-Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

The five-week program tests incoming Withrow students in mathematics, science and English, assesses their strengths and weaknesses, and provides supplementary classes to review what the incoming ninth graders should know and to give them a head start going into Withrow—a college preparatory public high school.

Withrow faculty are teaching the classes and are also participating in syllabus workshops with Xavier faculty.

In addition to providing classroom space, Xavier is providing students with two polo shirts for their uniforms, a personal ID card—giving students access to University facilities such as the McDonald Library—a tour of campus, lunch and certificates of achievement upon completion of the program.

Access to facilities and the campus tour are central to one of the program’s goals—exposing the students to a college campus, which coincides with Withrow University’s motto: Every student is college-bound.

Of the 200 incoming freshmen, to have 135 students in the bridge program is a testament to their dedication. Students from all over Cincinnati attend Withrow University.

The program got started when Withrow University Principal Sharon Johnson, who received her certificate in education administration from Xavier in 2002, approached University President Michael Graham, S.J., looking for an educational partner with Withrow.

For more information, contact Krista Warner at 513 745-3601.