Oxford, Connecticut

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Oxford is a town located in western New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 12,272 at the 2010 Census. There are several areas in Oxford: Quaker Farms, Riverside and Oxford Center. Oxford belongs to the Naugatuck Valley Economic Development Region and the Central Naugatuck Valley Planning Area.[1]

A University of Connecticut development study spanning 1985-2006 showed Oxford had the largest increase of development by percentage, growing 62% during that time.[2][3]

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Recreation

Among the parks serving Oxford residents are Southford Falls State Park in the northern section of town, Jackson Cove Beach, and Kirks Pond in the center of town. The 10.4-mile Larkin Bridle Trail, created in the 1940s from the path of a former train track, is one of the earliest examples of the "rails-to-trails" movement.[4]

The Golf Club at Oxford Greens, a public golf course with over 400 homes for "Active Adults" over the age of 55, is located in town.[5]

The nearest shopping malls to Oxford are the Brass Mill Center in Waterbury, Westfield Shoppingtown in Trumbull, Connecticut Post Mall in Milford, and the Danbury Fair Mall.

Education

Oxford has two elementary schools: Quaker Farms School (kindergarten through second grade) and Oxford Center School (third through fifth grade); one middle school: Great Oak Middle School (sixth through eighth grade); and Oxford High School. In 2008, 90 percent of fourth grade students met state standards in math (as compared to 85 percent statewide); 82 percent in reading (statewide: 74 percent); 95 percent in writing (statewide: 85 percent). A total of 92 percent of eighth graders in town met state math standards (statewide: 85 percent), 94 percent in reading (statewide: 81 percent); and 94 percent in writing (statewide: 84 percent).[4]

In 2007, the town opened its first high school and natatorium.[6] Before the school was constructed, students were split between Seymour High School in Seymour and Masuk High School in Monroe. Oxford High School had 570 students in 2009 and offered instruction in three foreign languages and six advanced-placement classes.[4] Oxford High is a member of the South West Conference for athletics, competing with Bethel, Brookfield, Joel Barlow (Easton/Redding), Masuk (Monroe), New Fairfield, Newtown, Pomperaug (Southbury/Middlebury), and Weston, among others.

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