Our History

BRIDGES was BORNE out of a vision to provide quality education to children with special needs. A handful of teachers dreamt of an ideal school to contribute to the cause of special children.

Bridges Foundation, Inc., a school for special children is an actualization of dreams of three women. Leah Reyes’ dream stemmed from her experience of being a special child herself. Born with severe visual impairment, it was a struggle for her to fit in and be a part of society. She  took her masters degree in Special Education and hoped to someday contribute to the cause of children in the same predicament. After she finished her studies, she applied for teaching positions in varied special schools but she was repeatedly turned down in her job applications precisely due to her impairment. Because of that experience, her long held dream of putting up her own school became more felt.

The Grace Reyes, is the younger sister of Leah. Her sister’s account of her experiences with special children awoke her interest and drove her to shift to a course in Education with Special Education as her major specialization in College. Being a naturally compassionate person, Grace’s heart was won by the children whom she taught in her own practicum classes.

The third among the founders was Grace's practicum teacher in the university. Barbra Dans-Paguia finished Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at the University of the Philippines (UP) and was among the first graduates who took up Special Education as a field of specialization.

She later on pursued her career in Special Education by teaching in the UP laboratory school where she grew to love and enjoy the challenges of teaching special children even more. Still she hoped to later on have the opportunity to work in an ideal special school set-up in order to maximize her knowledge for the cause of the special children and their families.

In December 1991, Leah and Grace agreed to be partners in setting up a children’s school. Grace approached her practicum teacher, Barbra Dans-Paguia and proposed the fulfillment of the dream which they all shared.

In January 1992, the Board of Directors of the foundation was convened. It was composed of members who were mostly advocates of children’s rights.

The Board agreed that the institution was to be a non-stock, non-profit foundation, with no particular person having any financial interests/returns from it whatsoever. A socialized tuition fee scheme was approved to help children with special needs, irrespective of the financial standing of their families, receive quality education.

The school's philosophy, goals and programs were conceptualized and approved. By March of the same year, an appropriate site was found at 22 Scout Limbaga Q.C.

The name BRIDGES FOUNDATION, INC. was adopted to symbolize the intention to bridge the gap between special children and the rest of society by providing them with an educational program which aims to ensure their holistic development.

In June of 1992, BRIDGES FOUNDATION, INC. was established. It is a non-stock, non-profit institution that caters to children with developmental disabilities, neurological impairments and multi-handicaps. It maintains a socialized tuition fee scheme which allows families with limited financial resources to access top quality education.

The school was registered under the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 9, 1992 and it was given recognition and accreditation by the Department of Education Culture and Sports on March 7, 1997. it was recognized as a donee agency by the Bureau of internal Revenue on April 24, 1997.

With the help of many sincere and good-hearted individuals who lent their moral, material and financial support, Bridges exists and continues to grow. When the school formally opened in early 1992, it had a faculty of only five teachers and five students. Towards the end of that year Bridges had a total of 21 students.

Bridges celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2012 with 16 faculty and 15 staff members and a total of 85 students. In 1996, Bridges opened a regular pre-school, Links Learning Center, to provide an in-house mainstreaming program for its special children who are ready for a more challenging environment.