BRIDGE Program Overview
The BRIDGE (Building Relationships in Discipline, Goals, and Education) program provides comprehensive educational and therapeutic support services to students who might otherwise require residential or other more restrictive placements due to the severity of one or more of the characteristics of the disability category of emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) and others. The BRIDGE serves students through educational services and supports, academic instruction, behavioral intervention, therapeutic support (provided by in-house school psychologists, school social workers, and behavior specialists), collaboration with student’s home school, and interagency and parental support.
Our mission is to provide a safe, caring, therapeutic environment where students with educational, behavioral, and social challenges can best develop the skills and character necessary to rejoin their communities with success. We strive to provide individualized education that addresses students’ unique learning styles, cultivates independent thought, and promotes the building of character so students can learn to be citizens of a culturally diverse society.
BRIDGE Student Hours
Student Instruction: 7:10 a.m. - 1:40 p.m.
Community Skills buses depart: 10:00 a.m.
Community skills buses return: 12:00 p.m.
Please plan your student's appointments with these times in mind.
BRIDGE Contact Information
Front Office 678-542-2330
Kim Mankin, Kim.Mankin@gcpsk12.org
Malachi Wells, Malachi.Wells@gcpsk12.org
Leslie Harris, Leslie.Harris@gcpsk12.org
Erin Marks, Erin.OHagan.Marks@gcpsk12.org
Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS)
The Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) is comprised of 24 programs which support the local school systems’ continuum of services for students with disabilities, ages 5-21. The programs provide comprehensive educational and therapeutic support services to students who might otherwise require residential or other more restrictive placements due to the severity of one or more of the characteristics of the disability category of emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD). The BRIDGE programs are run through a partnership between Gwinnett County Public Schools and GNETS. The GNETS Program that serves Gwinnett County is the North Metro Program.
GNETS programs provide an array of therapeutic and behavioral supports as well as specialized instruction for students. These supports are designed to assist the student to progress in the general curriculum and graduate ready for work or postsecondary studies. In addition, the GNETS program provides supports to families and works collaboratively with other agencies serving students. At the BRIDGE, our clinical team provides these therapeutic support services for our students and families.