The Bristol Press – Bristol Arts and Innovation Magnet School organizes tours, presentations

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BRISTOL – More than a thousand people have walked through the halls of Bristol Arts and Innovation Magnet School as part of a pair of organized tours of the former Bristol High School and Memorial Boulevard School over the past two weeks, have said Bristol Public Schools officials.

“It was important to us to maintain the historic integrity of the space and we recognize that this is a building, but it is a building that represents generations of stories,” the deputy superintendent said. of the BPS, Dr. Michael Dietter, and chairman of the school building committee. construction.

The school is recognized on Connecticut’s Register of Historic Places and will host a final community tour and alumni day on August 20 in preparation for welcoming students to the school on August 29. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and open to the public. The school administration also plans to hold a special presentation with city officials to further celebrate the occasion.

With the opening of BAIMS, it will mark nearly 100 years since the building opened as Bristol High School. New courses offered to students include Visual Arts, Musical Arts; television, video and theater production; entertainment, sports and event management; as well as marketing and communication.

Extended courses allowed to students at Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern grammar schools include majors in engineering and technical sciences; health and medical sciences; hotel management, education, arts; as well as business and communications.

Because it is an intra-district magnet school, students who live in Bristol as well as those attending magnet programs or parish programs in or out of town and homeschooled students can attend. Approximately 90 to 95 students will enter each class. BAIMS is considered a college but will also host classes every other day for high schools by course selection. Enrollment of students in grades six through eight is determined by lottery.

Among its additions, a new gym has been added to the BAIMS building, a functional recording studio and sound lab, and black box theater spaces in addition to its renovated, state-of-the-art community theater.

Published in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday August 18th, 2022 12:53 PM. Updated: Thursday, August 18, 2022 12:55 PM.

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