Everybody is a genius but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid 


 -Albert Einstein

North Bridge Academy is a non-profit school with the mission to educate high functioning dyslexic children. It is the goal of the board of directors to serve Marin and surrounding counties to the north, east and south. Our campus is located in downtown Mill Valley, California, a convenient distance for both Marin and San Francisco.  We are a small school with a student body of 52 students, grades 3-8. In 2020-21, we will begin accepting applications for 2nd grade.

North Bridge Academy is founded on the belief that dyslexic learners can learn the same material as their non-dyslexic counterparts, they just learn it differently. Often dyslexic students are capable of levels of achievement they previously have not been able to demonstrate. Grounded in these beliefs, we have set out to establish a school to teach dyslexic students in ways they were meant to learn by using multi-sensory, sequential, phonics-based instruction tailored to meet their individual learning profiles. Class sizes will be small and students will be supported by teachers with specialized credentials. 

Announcement: Annie Crowder appointed next North Bridge Academy Head of School


Dear North Bridge Academy Community,


On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Annie Crowder as Head of School for North Bridge Academy effective July 1, 2019. The Search Committee gave the Board a unanimous recommendation and the Board unanimously approved the recommendation. 


Annie’s experience is both extensive and broad. Currently, Annie is in her fourth year as Executive Director of Oakes Children’s Center.  Prior to that, she served as Head of School at Star Academy in Marin for six years, where she led the school through the accreditation process and facility acquisition.  Prior to Star Academy, Annie served as the Director at Sand Paths Academy.


Annie impressed so many in our community. Students, staff and parents alike recognized Annie’s breadth of experience as an educator, her passion for schools, her integrity and warm demeanor. Annie distinguished herself as an excellent leader and a strong complement to our faculty’s expertise in the following ways:   


  • Her solid experience in key administrative areas including budgeting, staff development, finances, and fundraising.

  • Her experience guiding the growth of small learning communities thoughtfully and deliberately.

  • Her collaborative and astute approach to problem-solving and decision making.

  • Her depth of knowledge about the social-emotional needs of students.


I want to again extend my gratitude to the Search Committee whose time, diligence, consideration, and love of North Bridge Academy resulted in the selection of a top-notch candidate.

Read Annie Crowder's letter to the community.

With warm regards,

Karen Rosenquist

Founder and Board Chair


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