Dimensions Academy is a self-contained classroom-based program designed to meet the unique educational and social/emotional needs of gifted children in grades 4-8 who have exceptional academic skills. Open enrollment is available to students who do not live in Bloomington.
Dimensions Academy provides highly rigorous content at an accelerated pace. Therefore, this program is not for all students. Student selection is based on the Bloomington Public Schools' assessment measures or other professional assessments that deem this program to be educationally beneficial for highly/profoundly gifted children.
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Elementary (grades 4-5)
Ridgeview Elementary School
9400 Nesbitt Ave
Bloomington, MN 55438
9:05 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.
Oak Grove Elementary School
1301 W 104th St
Bloomington, MN 55431
8:45 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
Middle School (grades 6-8)
Oak Grove Middle School
1300 W. 106th St.
Bloomington, MN 55431
Olson Middle SchoolWhich school will my child attend?
4551 W 102nd St.
Bloomington, MN 55437
Middle School hours:
7:55 a.m. - 2:25 p.m.
Students are placed in a middle school based on their home address attendance area. Use our school locator
if you are uncertain. Valley View Middle School attandance area students are transported free of charge to the DA program at Oak Grove Middle School.
Key Program Elements
Dimensions Academy is framed in an intense curriculum designed to respond to the needs of gifted learners. Key elements of the program are:
Advanced content-based curriculum
Learn more about the College of William & Mary's Integrated Curriculum Model used in Dimensions Academy.
- Advanced content knowledge focuses students on developing new learning and knowledge, as opposed to factual regeneration;
- Concept learning develops student understanding of any discipline and the relationship among disciplines; and
- Process-product facet promotes student opportunities for manipulating information at complex levels by employing generic and specific thinking models.
Differentiated instruction to meet the sophisticated learning needs of gifted children
- Acceleration of basic content experiences;
- Construction of meaning as the central goal;
- Use of higher order process models;
- Exploration of substantive content at a conceptual and abstract level;
- Inquiry as a fundamental tool for encouraging learning;
- Open-ended activities and questioning that encourages further exploration or social action;
- Development of creative products to stimulate use of higher level thinking and problem-solving processes; and
- Extensions to pique interest around substantive content.
Social and emotional development and guidance
- Development of a healthy sense of self through self-knowledge and self-acceptance;
- Development of healthy relationships through understanding of self and others;
- Development of appropriate expectations of self and others; and
- Development of risk-taking behaviors in intellectual contexts.
DA was developed to challenge and nurture highly able students. In order to maintain a high level of academic rigor and a productive learning environment, participation in DA requires a high level of academic and behavioral standards.
All DA students must maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of B- (2.667) or above in Dimensions Academy subjects in order to remain in the program. DA students' academic performance will be monitored throughout the course of the year in order to intervene when necessary if students are not achieving a DA GPA of B- (2.667) or above. If DA students fall below the grade standards at a later time during the school year, the student will be put on Academic Probation for approximately one grading period (10-12 weeks). The student’s grade must rise to meet the DA standards by the end of that period of time.
Students in DA must maintain behaviors that contribute to a positive learning environment. Students who choose to participate in behaviors that negatively impact the learning environment may be asked to leave the program and enroll in the regular/Honors academic program offered at their existing site. Decisions to reschedule students out of the DA program are left to teh building administrator, working in collaboration with the Office of Gifted and Talented.