BRISTOL – Bristol Public Schools continues to prepare for students to take classes at Bristol Arts and Innovation Magnet School (AIMS) as well as further developing its career pathway courses.
Bristol Public Schools are picking students enrolling in grades sixth through eighth by a lottery system and those in grades nine through 12 are determined by their course selection.
The lottery process will continue over the next few months and will be paralleled with parent and student communication sessions.
“We’ve done parent information sessions and student information sessions and the lottery will now open,” said Superintendent Dr. Catherine Carbone.
The superintendent also noted that the lottery for the AIMS school will be for students already enrolled in the district. The application for students who live in Bristol but might be attending another program who wish to attend AIMS is now available as well via the school’s website.
In the coming December and January, the superintendent said school administration will focus on meeting with high school families or students moving into high school to discuss the course selection process.
“Through the course selection process, students may choose a path of courses that are offered at (AIMS),” said the superintendent.
Course selection comes on a first come, first serve basis, but also by what a student needs to meet in their course requirements. Preference is given to juniors and seniors who may need an elective to round out a transcript, the superintendent said.
Among the different career pathways being implemented in the district, Bristol Public Schools wants to incorporate externships into the magnet school’s curriculum as a means of providing hands-on experience to students.
“There will be some sort of internship or externship with all of our pathways,” said Carbone.
School officials said they are working on specific protocols to allow for local businesses or organizations who wish to assist with school pathway programs to donate resources or even equipment.
Carbone said the district is looking to connect students at younger ages with the career pathways and business organizations that interest them, and how those businesses and organizations can partner with the district to fill future employment needs.
The superintendent used the example that a partnering entity could potentially sponsor a student or group of students’ development to reach a professional certification.
“Traditionally you see this at colleges and universities, everyone is familiar with externships and internships at that level,” said District Executive Director of Communications, Community Partnerships, and Strategic Planning Brian Burke. “Not every public school system has this type of system set up where (students) can get that real world experience before they graduate.”
Bristol AIMS’ construction is slated to finish in June 2022.