Bristol Arts and Innovation Magnet School holding tours, presentation

Published on Thursday, 18 August 2022 12:53
Written by Dean Wright


BRISTOL – Over a thousand individuals have walked through the halls of Bristol Arts and Innovation Magnet School as part of a pair of tours held in the refinished former Bristol High School and Memorial Boulevard School over the last two weeks, estimated Bristol Public Schools officials.

“It’s been important for us to maintain the historic integrity of the space and we recognize that it’s a building, but it’s a building that represents generations of stories,” said BPS Deputy Superintendent Dr. Michael Dietter and build committee chair of the school’s construction.

The school is recognized on Connecticut’s Register of Historic Places and will play host to a final community tour as well as an Alumni Day on Aug. 20 in preparation for the school’s reception of students on Aug. 29. The event is slated from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and open to the public. School leadership anticipates also holding a special presentation with city officials as a way to further celebrate the occasion. 

With the opening of BAIMS, it will mark nearly 100 years since the building was opened as Bristol High School. Among the new courses being offered to students includes visual arts, musical arts; television, video and theatrical production; entertainment, sports and event management; as well as marketing and communications. 

Expanded courses allowed to Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern high school students include focuses in engineering and technical sciences; health and medical sciences; hospitality management, education, the arts; as well as business and communications. 

Because it’s an intradistrict magnet school, students who live within Bristol as well as those who attend magnet programs or parochial programs in or out of the city  and homeschooled students may attend. Around 90 to 95 students will fit within each grade. BAIMS is considered a middle school but will also host classes every other day for high schools by course selection. Sixth through eighth grade student enrollment is determined by lottery.

Among its additions, a new gym has been added to the BAIMS building, a working recording studio and sound lab as well as black box theater spaces on top of its renovated and state-of-the-art community theater.

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