Academics

Bloomington Public Schools is highly regarded for inspiring all learners to achieve their greatest potential with curricula and academic programs that are standards-based, differentiated and culturally-diverse.  Our highly qualified staff use teaching techniques defined by best practice and research-proven strategies, and student assessments are designed from state, national and local standards. 

AVID programs are designed to help close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success. 

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) and SPARCCS (Success Pathways Achieved through Readiness, Community, Strategies, and Skills) are K-12 school-wide programs providing a framework for all teachers to use research-based best practices in their daily lessons. AVID schools promote a “college-going environment” by fostering a school-wide culture of post-secondary enrollment and success.

AVID is offered at Indian Mounds Elementary School, Valley View Elementary School, Valley View Middle School and Kennedy High School.

SPARCCS is offered at Olson Elementary and Olson Middle School.

The elementary programs focus on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading (WICOR) strategies, and building leadership and foundational skills.

At the secondary level, AVID and SPARCCS are offered as an elective class for students who need extra support along a college pathway. Students who might benefit from the elective class are typically in the academic middle, the first in their family to attend college, come from a demographic that is underrepresented at 4-year colleges/universities, or have a life-circumstance that may be preventing them from receiving the support they need to acquire the skills and strategies to be successful in middle school, high school, and college/career.

Learn more about AVID, access to strategies, student success stories and read archived newsletters. 

AVID Website

Contact

Kelly Killorn
952-681-5898
kkillorn@isd271.org

Helping Students Become Language Proficient

Our English Language (EL) Program helps prepare EL students to meet grade-level standards or higher. Our goal is to meet the linguistic, language academic and cultural needs of the students. We advocate for the use of students' home language and development of early literacy skills at home and in the classroom because those literacy skills will transfer to English. 

More than 93 languages, other than English, are spoken by students and families in our district. The English Learners (EL) program serves nearly 1,300 students per year.

EL Instruction at Bloomington Public Schools  

The Bloomington EL curriculum uses language standards that are aligned to the Minnesota State Standards. EL teachers in Bloomington teach students the academic language, vocabulary and background information that are necessary for students to acquire English and learn grade-level content. 

The Bloomington EL Program collaborative model:

  • EL and classroom teacher coordinate instruction 
  • Both the language and content needs of the English Learner are being met
  • Students receive explicit instruction in language acquisition 
  • Language supports are embedded throughout the curriculum

Who is eligible?

  • All students new to the district fill out a Home Language Survey upon enrollment. 
  • Students who have a language other than English on their Minnesota Home Language Survey will be tested for the EL Program using the WIDA Model test for Kindergarten and the WIDA Screener for grades K-12. ACCESS Scores from the previous year will be used to identify students moving from other districts in Minnesota. Pre-kindergarten students will be screened using the Pre-LAS assessment.
  • Parents will be notified via mail if a student is eligible for EL Services
  • Parents or guardians may remove their child from the EL Program at any time by signing a waiver available through the EL teacher. However, students will still be required to take the state EL assessment.
  • EL Teachers may consider additional criteria for EL identification such as teacher observations and judgement, parent recommendations and other developmentally appropriate assessment instruments.

How do students exit the EL program?

In order for a student to exit the EL Program, EL students must meet the following guidelines:

  • ACCESS Composite Score of 4.5; and
  • a score of 3.5 in three of the four domains: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Contact

Beth Stenglein
EL Supervisor
952-681-6647
bstenglein@isd271.org

This information is for home educators residing within Bloomington. Homeschools must comply with state requirements in accordance with the Minnesota Compulsory Instruction Law.

The Nonpublic Full Report Form (or the Letter of Intent to Continue to Provide Instruction if you have previously submitted the Full Report Form) must be submitted to Bloomington Public Schools by Oct. 1 of each year or at any time during the year when the educational status of a school-age child changes. The law requires each public school district to annually report to the state the compliance status of all school-age children living within its boundaries. 

Homeschool Forms and Information

Please visit Minnesota Department of Education for more information.

Homeschool Contacts

Elizabeth Holman 
952-681-6489
eholman@isd271.org

Curriculum Contacts

Andy Kubas
Executive Director of Learning & Teaching
952-681-6515
akubas@isd271.org

Rachel Gens
Curriculum & Instruction Director
952-681-6499
rgens@isd271.org

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