Bristol Preparatory Academy
Ensuring a safe and secure learning environment that provides all students with the knowledge and skills to successfully complete college, other post high school education or training.
Mid term exams will be administered on January 23-26. Students will take exams in their core subject areas and each test block will be two hours in length. Dismissal for the four days will be at noon and lunch will not be served. Breakfast will be available. Second semester will begin on Monday, January 29.
School Absence Note
Please call (860) 584-7709 to report an absence to our attendance secretary. If that is not possible, you may click here to report an absence.
ONE SCHOOL ONE BOOK
All BP students are currently finishing up reading the book, A Chance In The World, written by Steve Pemberton. The book describes his life after being taken from his mother at age 3 and forced to live a terrifying childhood with a cruel foster family. Steve overcame all the obstacles in his life to become the Divisional Vice-President and Chief Diversity Officer for Walgreens. We are reading simultaneously with Bristol Central and the reading will culminate with a live appearance by Steve at Bristol Central on Friday, November 3. All students will be bused to Central to attend Steve's presentation.
HARTFORD STAGE GRANT
Mrs. Caron was able to secure a grant through Hartford Stage that will allow interested students to attend three separate plays as well as meet with stage representatives to preview the productions. Students have already attended A Mid Summer's Night Dream which will be followed by A Christmas Carol on November 30 and Feeding The Dragon on February 1.
We are pleased to a announce the Bristol Youth Services will again be facilitating a Young Men's and Women's group. Both will meet every Wednesday from 9:30-10:30 starting on November 15. The program is open to all students, permission slips are required, an interview will be held before acceptance, and space is limited.
The main focus of these groups is to provide students with an opportunity to discuss major issues that face youth today. In addition, speakers are brought in, community service projects are completed, and numerous field trips are planned.
All quarter 1 progress reports have been mailed out and grades will close on November 6 with report cards being mailed out approximately one week later. Please contact the school if you have not received the mailings.
A major focus this year will continue to attendance concerns. Once a student has been absent 10 days, and further absences must be accompanied by a doctor's not or the absence will be considered unexcused. Additionally, every 5 days tardy will be converted to an unexcused absence. Student need to be in school by the start of first period, anyone arriving after 8:00 will be recorded as tardy. Students with excessive absences will be removed from Bristol Prep and will return to their high school of origin.
We appreciate all parental cooperation in this matter.
- WHAT STUDENT MIGHT BENEFIT FROM THIS PROGRAM?
- PROGRAM OVERVIEW
- OUR ALTERNATIVES
- ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS
- SOCIAL AND CIVIC EXPECTIONS
- STUDENT EXPECTATIONS
- Core Philosophy
The student desires to obtain an education and earn a high school diploma and pursue post secondary options, but
- has expressed a desire to quit school.
- is an academic underachiever.
- has emotional and/or social maladjustment.
- fails to follow through on assignments.
- demonstrates truant and/or other attendance problems.
- exhibits disruptive behavior that continues over time.
- School of Choice
- Probationary Contract Period for all students
- Attendance incentives and accountability
- Emphasis on learning by doing
- Cooperative learning
- Provide a real world experience
- Second chance opportunity
- Smaller class size
- Individualized attention
- Proactive NOT reactive
- Credit Recovery – online program
- Interdisciplinary projects
- Use of “Capturing Kid’s Hearts Model”
- Students can read actively and critically to comprehend information of increasingly complex texts, from a variety of sources.
- Students can demonstrate effective written, spoken and mathematical communication for a range of purposes and audiences.
- Students can engage in appropriate collaborative and independent inquiry to question, investigate/research a topic, gather and present information.
- Students can apply concepts allowing them to frame, analyze, and solve a range of increasingly complex problems involving real world scenarios.
- Students can construct clear and concise arguments to support their reasoning and will appropriately critique the reasoning of others.
- Students can use interpersonal and collaborative skills required to keep harmony in a diverse community.
- Students can demonstrate an understanding of changing global issues and their worldwide impact.
- Students can participate in the democratic process due to their understanding of the process and by staying informed.
- Students can apply safe and healthy lifestyle choices that ensure physical, mental and emotional well being of self and the community.
- Understand the importance of education.
- Arrive to school on time daily.
- Respect adults and fellow students.
- Come to school prepared.
- Respect school property.
- Do all assigned class work on time.
- Seek help and don’t fall behind on your work.
- Become involved in the activities of the school.
The philosophy of Bristol Preparatory Academy is that formerly unmotivated students will experience success in a small, personalized program, which is not bound by the number of rules and regulations necessary to maintain a large school. Also, in order to reverse the frequent pattern of conflict with school and teachers, which many of these students have displayed in their former settings, a loose working relationship must be established between students and staff. Additionally, the school philosophy promotes the concept of “learning by doing” and the curriculum involves frequent use of projects, field trips, and life awareness skills information programs.
The program emphasizes personal responsibilities for performance and behavior, with concurrent options for students to make choices about the types and amounts of responsibility, which they chose to accept, with certain minimum standards. Realizing that students must be guided in their quest to chance their past performance patterns, and to take responsibility for their education and for their lives, the staff has developed a variety of behavioral and emotional support systems, such as advisor groups, town meetings, and peer mediation.
The staff strives to increase each student’s self – image and feeling of self – worth, so that the students will take pride in his/her accomplishments. The staff attempts to provide relevant learning experiences for each student. Finally, the program incorporates the following three basic rules: respect for oneself, respect for others and respect for property. These rules help maintain a friendly and productive school atmosphere.
In the event of any delays, early dismissals, or cancellations due to winter weather, announcements
will be available on all local radio and television stations. All delays will be 2 hours, and early dismissals will be at noon after lunch. Any cancellations will be added to the school calendar beginning on June 8 and moving forward.
There are several ways to contact the school. The main phone number is (860) 584-7709. It is not possible to access the phone for every incoming call, but you may leave a message on the answering machine. Our mailing address is 210 Red Stone Hill Rd. If you have computer access, you may log into the Powerschool parent portal of contact each teacher directly via email at the following addresses:
One major area of focus this year will be attendance. The specific policy is available online and copies were sent home at the beginning of the school year.. Once a student has reached an absence total of 10 days, they will possibly be removed from the program and will enroll back at their original high school. The 10 total includes both excused and unexcused absences. In addition, 5 tardies will equal one absence.
If you son/daughter is going to be absent from school, a call must be received for the absence to be considered excused. You may also send a note into school explaining the reason for the absence. There are a few students with excessive absences that never get called out, so your cooperation in this matter will be appreciated.
All students attending Bristol Prep must meet the same academic requirements as directed by the Board of Education. 25.25 credits are needed to successfully complete the course of studies. All students are enrolled in the four core classes and also choose an elective class each semester. The core curriculum is the same for all high schools in Bristol. In addition, each student must successfully pass the writing and math assessments. All standardized testing, CAPT and SAT are also required. Additional credits may be earned through community service, work experience, and the Edgenuity online program.