Bridgeport Public Schools

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Bridgeport Public Schools is a school district headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States.

Bridgeport High School, about 1910 (the school, in a different building, is now Central High School)

The city's public school system has 30 elementary schools, three comprehensive high schools, two alternative programs and an interdistrict vocational aquaculture school. The system has about 23,000 students, making the Bridgeport Public Schools the second largest school system in Connecticut. The school system employs a professional staff of more than 1,700.

The city has started a large school renovation and construction program, with plans for new schools and modernization of existing buildings.

The current superintendent is Aresta L. Johnson, Ed.D.

Public high schools[edit]

Bridgeport Regional Vocational Aquaculture School in 2010.
  • Bassick High School, home to the Business Magnet
  • Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture Science and Technology Education Center (BRASTEC) is located near historic Captain's Cove and is open to students from surrounding towns. It is one of the first schools in the country specializing in marine and aquaculture curriculum.
  • Central High School established in 1876, home to Central Magnet, largest of the high schools
  • Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Magnet Campus established in 2013, home to three magnet schools: Aerospace/Hydrospace Engineering & Physical Science School, Biotechnology Research & Zoological Science School, and Information Technology & Software Engineering School
  • Warren Harding High School which is home to the International Baccalaureate Program (IBO) as well as the Health Magnet Program in association with nearby Bridgeport Hospital plus St. Vincent’s Medical Center on the north side of Bridgeport and the Bridgeport Manor.

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Achievement First Bridgeport Academy:Originally located on East Washington Avenue. This school is now located in the old Barnum School building on Noble Ave.
  • Barnum School: located on Noble Avenue; opened in 1892. The school was named after Phineas Taylor (P.T.) Barnum.
  • Beardsley School: constructed in 1903 on Huntington Road, and originally named the Huntington Road School. Current namesake is that of James Beardsley who donated over 100 acres (0.40 km2) of land to the city of Bridgeport in 1878.
  • Blackham School: built in 1964 and opened February 1, 1965, Blackham School is located on Thorme Street. The school was named after Florence E. Blackham who graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1887 and subsequently Bridgeport City Normal School in 1889. Florence Blackham taught at a plethora of Bridgeport over the course of many years, including: Staples School from 1889 to 1890, Grand Street School in 1890, City Normal School from 1890 to 1892, Franklin School from 1892 to 1903, and Courtland Street School from 1903 to 1911. Additionally, Ms. Blackham served as principal at Jefferson School and Kossuth Street School in 1911. In September 1915 she became the principal of Hall School, a position she held for 23 years.
  • Black Rock School: built in 1841 on Brewster Street.
  • Bridgeport Learning Center (Sheridan) is located on Tesiny Avenue, it is also known as the Bridgeport Learning Center at Sheridan
  • Bryant School: constructed in 1912 on Maplewood Avenue, the school was named after poet William Cullen Bryant.
  • Cesar A. Batalla School: constructed in 2006, located on Howard Avenue.
  • Columbus School: Currently located at South End Elementary School at 160 Iranistan Avenue. Erected in October 1966 on George Street.
  • Cross School constructed in May 1959 on Reservoir Avenue named for Governor Wilber Lucius Cross from 1931 to 1939 the 86th governor of Connecticut
  • Curiale School located on Laurel Avenue
  • Discovery Magnet School located next to the Discovery Museum and across from Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course on Park Avenue.
  • Dunbar School opened in January 1983 on Union Avenue replacing Abraham Lincoln School which operated from 1896 to 1969 named after Paul Lawrence Dunbar who was an Afro-American novelist and poet
  • Edison School located on Boston Terrace
  • Garfield School located on Stillman Street
  • Geraldine Johnson School, located on North Avenue near the intersection of North Avenue and Park Avenue, opened in 2008. The school's namesake, Geraldine Johnson, was both the first female African American principal and the first female African American Superintendent in the city of Bridgeport
  • Hall School, founded in 1914 on Clermont Avenue, was named in honor of Lyman Hall who was an American Revolutionary War statesman
  • Hallen School constructed in 1922 on Omega Avenue named after a former Board of Education member & Judge of Probate Edward F. Hallen
  • High Horizons Magnet School located on Palisade Avenue
  • Hooker School opened in September 1942 on Roger Williams Road named after Thomas Hooker
  • Howe School located on Clinton Avenue named after Elias Howe
  • Jettie S. Tisdale Elementary School, located on Hollister Avenue, opened in 2008
  • Longfellow School erected on Ocean Terrace
  • Luis Muñoz Marín School opened in January 1992 on Helen Street named after Luis Muñoz Marín who was elected the first governor of Puerto Rico, while his father Luis Muñoz Rivera was the resident commissioner of Puerto Rico
  • Madison School originally built in 1916 named after the fourth president under the United States Declaration of Independence, James Madison
  • Maplewood School A.K.A. Classical Studies Academy located on Linwood Avenue
  • Maplewood Annex School is located on Wells Avenue
  • McKinley School is located on Logan Street
  • Multi-Cultural Magnet School: opened in September 1980 on Palisade Avenue
  • New Beginnings Family Academy- on Garden Street
  • Newfield School opened on November 6, 1906 on Newfield Avenue. Closed at the end of the 2005 - 2006 school year. District turned the building over to the city in Sept. 2006. Now is the Bridgeport Police Department Training Academy @ Newfield
  • Park City Academy: originally called Holy Rosary School and Barnum Annex, located on East Washington Ave.
  • Park City Magnet School originally William Samuel Johnson Elementary School which was being built in 1954 & opened in 1955, then Park City Magnet- North Campus School opened in 1979 on Chopsey Hill Road
  • Park City Prep at 510 Barnum Ave.
  • Read School was constructed about 1915 on a North Avenue located then was torn down to allow for Route 8/25 connector in 1968, new location is on Ezra Street named after David F. Read who served from 1890 to 1910 for the Bridgeport Board of Education
  • Roosevelt School is located on Park Avenue
  • Six to Six Magnet School- Pearl Harbor Street
  • Skane Center which is erected upon Madison Avenue
  • Swing Space School located next to the University of Bridgeport campus.
  • Thurgood Marshall Middle School, a subschool of Six to Six on Pearl Harbor.
  • Waltersville School is located on Gilmore Street
  • Waltersville Annex School is located on Polaski Street
  • Webster School was built in 1886 on North Avenue originally dubbed the Oak Street School, then in the fall of 1916 became Webster School honoring Noah Webster who was a well-noted Connecticut resident and educator
  • Winthrop School opened in 1955 on Eckart Street named after John Winthrop, Jr. who once was a colonial governor of Connecticut, while his father John Winthrop, Sr. served as colonial governor of Massachusetts
  • Whittier School, closed now remains as an annex to buildings that have overflow kids, e.g. Howe, Longefellow

District Reference Group[edit]

Another picture of Bridgeport High School, about 1905

Bridgeport is one of the seven public school systems in District Reference Group I, a classification made by the state Department of Education for the purpose of comparison with the achievement levels of similar schools and districts. District reference groups are defined as "districts whose students' families are similar in education, income, occupation and need, and that have roughly similar enrollment".[1] The other six school districts in the group are Hartford, New Britain, New Haven, New London, Waterbury and Windham.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1] state "Strategic School Profile 2005-2006" for Wilton High School, accessed March 25, 2007
  2. ^ [2] Web page titled "Find a Community: By Educational Reference Group (DRG)" at the "Discovery 2007 / An initiative of the William Caspar Graustein Fund" Web site, accessed March 25, 2007

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