Two annual events, the Jazz on the River Concert (June) and Bristol Fall Classic (November) generate funding for all Academic Oversight Committee (commonly known as AOC) programs.

Students residing in Bristol Borough attending public, parochial or private schools are eligible to participate in Learning Center after school and summer camp opportunities provided by Bristol Borough School District’s 21st Century Community Grant.  BBSD and its fiscal agent, Ivins House, approve all programs designed to improve academic achievement, meet new friends, prepare for college or vocational/trade training, express their creativity, learn teamwork and respect, build self-confidence, play sports, develop real-world skills and help working families. 

The AOC provides for snacks, admission fees and transportation costs not approved by the 21st Century Community Grant.

The AOC also provides for innovative programs ineligible for 21st Century Community Grant funding. They are designed by teachers to enhance classroom curricula.

Additional AOC funding makes available discretionary programs benefiting Borough students in special ways, e.g., Writer’s Voice Workshop, Microsoft Certification and All Our Children.

Finally, the AOC recognizes annually an outstanding community leader(s) -dubbed Person(s) of the Year- with ties to Borough education, four teachers and a Borough student of the year.


Examples of programs include:

  • homework help
  • teaching/reinforcement of study skills
  • physical activities
  • movie night
  • credit recovery
  • job readiness/career counseling
  • photography
  • website redesign
  • garden club
  • chemistry clubs
  • nutrition classes
  • field trips