The City of Bristol is situated in Central Connecticut, twenty miles south-west of Hartford. It is a wonderfully diverse and family friendly community that offers a wide range of historical, entertainment and cultural opportunities. Our quality of life benefits from seven hundred acres of beautiful parks, a highly rated education system including three high schools with surrounding athletic fields, and an aggressive promotion of economic development that attracts high quality and high tech industry, which in turn increases our Grand List.
The Bristol community is active in the arts, a wide range of sporting activities and preserving our city’s rich history of architecture, revolutionary clock making and general manufacturing. With slightly more than 60,000 residents, Bristol is home to many commuters, but also employs a large work force locally, with many employed at companies such as ESPN, Lake Compounce and in the fields of banking and insurance, whose industries remain strong in the region.
Bristol sits on 26.5 square miles in Hartford County. It has almost 27,000 housing units with a median home sale price of $201,000 and median household income of $59,000. The city has a mayor and city council form of government.
Bristol has six elementary schools for students from kindergarten through grade five. One of these schools, Ellen P. Hubbell Elementary School, was awarded the prestigious National Blue Ribbon. All of the elementary school teachers are skilled in the latest methods of teaching literacy. These instructional changes are reflected in rising scores on State Mastery Tests.
There are two middle schools which, in addition to traditional courses, offer classes in computer technology, wellness, robotics and the arts. Bristol’s two public high schools utilize a block schedule that increases the number of classes students can take each year.
Newly opened for the 2012-2013 school year are two K-8 schools, West Bristol School on Matthews Street and Greene-Hills School on the site of the old Greene-Hills School on Pine Street. These schools replaced four of our oldest schools and will help Bristol continue to offer the best in education. Some of the improvements these buildings provide include increased parking and field space; room for computer labs and media centers; and added accessibility for special needs students.
Bristol has two high schools, both of which rank among the highest in the state in the number of advanced placement courses offered and taken. Bristol Eastern High School won the National Blue Ribbon and is recognized as a Vanguard School by the Connecticut State Department of Education. Bristol Eastern was the first urban high school in Connecticut to win these awards. In addition to traditional academics, vocational programs, and cooperative work experiences, both high schools offer many opportunities for students to gain college credit as high school students.
Additionally, Bristol is home to several top-quality parochial schools. Immanuel Lutheran School, St. Joseph School, St. Matthews School, and St. Anthony School all provide excellent educational opportunities for students from kindergarten through eighth grade. St. Paul Catholic High School, also located in Bristol, is well established as an excellent facility that sends almost 100% of its graduates on to college each year.
The Bristol Public Library and the Manross Library in Forestville house a collection of over 193,000 books; 240 magazine subscriptions; 6 newspaper subscriptions; 6,600 books-on-tape, audio cassettes, compact discs and records; and more than 9,200 video cassettes and DVDs. The library collectively owns 1,500 electronic books, 3,500 audio-downloadable books, and has access to 42 licensed databases.
The Main library is 55,947 square feet. After the latest addition seating has increased from 140 to 345; the number of computers has increased from 23 to 51; and parking has increased from 32 spaces to 90, including 4 handicapped spaces. The expansion also includes more meeting room space, a computer lab, an elevator, and complete handicapped accessibility. The library offers programs for adults, teens and children including computer classes, job search workshops, book discussions, and story time.
Visit the town’s website at http://www.ci.bristol.ct.us/ for more information.