New Bridge Middle School was selected as one of the 50 finalists in the 2008 Real D.E.A.L. (Dedicated Educators Administrators and Learners) School Awards. The top schools are selected based on the following criteria:
1. Score at or above the state average on each of the factors in the 2008 Teacher Working Conditions Survey
2. meet or exceed growth on the 2007-08 state tests
3. meet AYP
Schools are then further scored individually based on various components of the Teacher Working Conditions Survey, ABC Test results, as well as percentage of poverty in the student population. A final winner will be selected from each of the eight State Board of Education geographical regions and will be honored for their outstanding student achievement as well as their excellent teacher working conditions at a State TWC Conference in December.