City of Bridges High School is a Holistic Learning Community, we believe in supporting the development of mind, the hands, the heart and the will of the community members. These beliefs are interwoven throughout the curriculum and culture of the school and are present in our meditation practice that begins each day.
- Mindfulness: A School which cultivates its students’ inherent human worth, wakefulness, and native intelligence encourages the mindfulness and confidence essential for individual achievement and meaningful engagement in society.
- Knowledge: A School with a diverse and student centered curriculum that both allows students to explore their interests and prepare to become engaged citizens of the world.
- Experience: A School where students learn by doing, guided by practitioners within a rigorous, flexible curriculum.
- Justice: A School that supports students’ individual and collective agency and their efforts to make the world more just and peaceful through expressions of kindness, generosity, and courage.
Community: A School where students are full participants in the larger community outside the school grounds, learning with and from the community and contributing as citizens of character who are confident in their fundamental worthiness.
Meditation is a foundational practice at City of Bridges. There is a formal, period of mindfulness each morning. This will include an introduction to peaceful-abiding and insight-awareness teachings and methods as well as mindfulness instructions
If you would like to learn more about the research on the benefits of Mindfulness please follow this link
In addition to the Mindfulness practice, this lens is also applied to themes which are present throughout the curriculum including:
The self as a process
The social and individual construction of identity
The necessity of compassion and virtue
Our interdependence especially ecological and economic interdependence
Real Compassion is one of the core mottos and values of the school. Compassion here refers to the range of affective, pedagogical, and engaged dimensions of compassion training: from cultivating loving-kindness, to empathy, to benevolence, to non-conceptual-innate compassion.