School Bridge Program

The ACBL School Bridge Lesson Series program is designed to help you bring the joy of bridge to youth. More than 4000 youngsters participate each year in schools throughout North America. The fully funded program is sponsored by the ACBL and includes teacher stipends and free textbooks.

Step by Step Timeline Process for School Bridge Program

Interested in learning more about teaching bridge in schools? Here is the place to start.

Welcome Letter
Teacher Guide (class timeline)
ACBL Youth Protection Policy
Promotional Posters (on right side of this page)
Consent & Release Form*
W9 (not required for Canadian teachers)
W-8BEN form and Instructions (Required for Canadian teachers)
Teacher Stipend Request Form**
Homework Sheet
End of Class Tournament Packet***

*The ACBL understands there are local and national laws that may prohibit the collection of this information from an entire class or a specific individual. We ask that teachers make a reasonable effort to collect the forms and information while still complying with local and national laws.

***The End of Class Tournament is required to receive a stipend. Results must be submitted with other stipend request materials.

With additional questions, feel free to email us at education@acbl.org.

Note: Stipend requests should be signed by the authorized faculty member and sent within 30 days of completion of the class. Requests will not be processed prior to the end of class date. Upon receipt of all appropriate and complete documentation, a check will be sent to the home address of the teacher within a few weeks.

College Bridge Program

The ACBL College Bridge Program is designed to help students on college campuses learn bridge and share the game with others. The fully funded program is sponsored by the ACBL and includes teacher stipends, free textbooks and a start-up kit for bridge classes and clubs on campus.

The College Bridge Program kit can be found here. Be sure to provide a shipping address and your ACBL number if you are a member.

Collegiate Bridge Bowl

2015-2016 Collegiate Bowl Conditions of Contest

Collegiate Bridge Bowl Agreement of Sportsmanlike Participation

Complete the items below when you are ready to register your classes and begin teaching bridge.

Welcome Letter
Teacher Guide
ACBL Youth Protection Policy
Tool Kit
W9 (not required for Canadian teachers)
Teacher Stipend Request Form*
Homework Sheet
End of Class Tournament Packet

Lifelong Learning

The ACBL’s Lifelong Learning Program is designed to introduce the game of bridge to adults through continuing education programs offered through colleges or universities. Sponsored by the ACBL, this program includes teacher stipends, textbooks and other materials for your classes.

ONE MONTH BEFORE YOUR FIRST CLASS:

Once you have a good idea about the number of students, you can request supplies by clicking the button below.

Receive Supplies

Upon receipt of your email, you will be sent the following items:

  • Bidding in the 21st Century Teacher Manual; Qty (1) for the teacher
  • Bidding in the 21st Century Book; Qty (1) for each student
  • Bidding in the 21st Century Playing Cards; Qty (1) for every table or every four students

DURING CLASS:

Use of Teacher Manual/Books

There is no requirement on the number of lessons that need to be completed in your class. Some classes move faster than others. These books are meant to act as a guide and to give a structure to one method of teaching bridge. Feel free to try different timelines if you think it would suit your class. We would be particularly interested in hearing about new approaches that are successful.

AFTER COMPLETING YOUR FINAL CLASS:

Teacher Stipend**

You can qualify for a stipend if you are not getting paid more than $150 by the school or other agency for your time. For every class of at least eight students who receive 16 or more hours of bridge instruction and play, you qualify for a $350 stipend. If multiple classes are held, each class will need a separate form listing dates, times and students of that particular class. You may receive a maximum of five (5) stipends per semester. A semester consists of the spring/summer and fall/winter.

To qualify for the stipend, the following must be complete:

  • ACBL membership dues must be current.
  • Completed W9 on file with the ACBL, if teaching in the U.S
  • Completed W-8BEN form if teaching in Canada
  • Completed ACBL Teacher Stipend Request Form, signed by school administrator
  • Paperwork must be submitted within 30 days of class completion

All stipend documentation can be scanned and emailed to education@acbl.org. Alternatively, the documentation can be sent to:

Education Department

6575 Windchase Blvd

Horn Lake MS 38637

Stipend requests should be signed by the authorized school administrator and sent within 30 days of the completion of the class. Requests will not be processed prior to the end of class date. Upon receipt of all appropriate and complete documentation, a check will be sent to the home address of the teacher within a few weeks.

*Teachers must be ACBL members to receive the stipend.

Teacher Stipend Request Form

Posters

School Infographic

School Program Articles

Atlanta Youth Conference
English Students
Sixth Grader Finds Niche
It’s Not Just California Dreamin’
Playing Bridge Helps Students
Statistically Speaking
Bridging Friendships
Young Players get Hooked
Bridge Tricks are for Kids
Student Comments

Additional Resources

Summary of MiniBridge

Teaching Materials

School Lesson Plans by Kitty Cooper
Pre-K -1st Grade Lessons by Donna Compton
2nd – 4th Grade Lessons
Atlanta School Curriculum
Tips for Teaching 4th-5th Grade by Earlye Miller
Learn to Play Bridge I and II
FREE lesson software provided by the ACBL
New England Youth Bridge – Teaching Materials and Lesson Plans

School Bridge Brochures

Bridge para la Juventud (Spanish)
Bridge for Youth Information, School Officials

College Tool Kit

Articles
2016 Collegiate Bridgebowl Qualifiers
Chicago Takes Collegiate Bowl 2015
Collegiate Championship Winners

2014 Collegiate Winners