Gifted & Talented Placement Process

The Gifted and Talented department will consider all BPS students for potential placement in gifted programs.  Bloomington families do not need to do anything for their student(s) to be considered.  Out-of-district families should nominate their child using the links below.

If a student's data does not hit our target, but there is evidence that advanced programming may be needed, anyone can submit a nomination form so that the GT Department can further consider that student for gifted programs. 

Students who do not currently attend Bloomington Public Schools but wish to be considered for a gifted program for next school year must complete the nomination form and submit testing data and a teacher recommendation form. A link to the nomination forms and deadlines can be found below. 

Parent Information Meetings

We welcome families to attend a virtual informational meeting about our Gifted & Talented programs on the dates below. Please know that you will need a free gmail account to access the live presentations or you can watch the recordings after the fact from the links that will be placed here.

Elementary GT programs informational meeting: Elements (grades 2-3) and Dimensions Academy (grades 4-5)

Tuesday, Nov. 29
from 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.           

View the Recording

Slide Presentation

Slides in Spanish

Middle school Nobel informational meeting Tuesday, Oct. 25 
from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.     

View the recording

Slide presentation

Slides in Spanish

Slides in Vietnamese

Middle school Dimensions Academy informational meeting

Thursday, Oct. 27
from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.     

View the recording

Slide Presentation

Slides in Spanish

Slides in Vietnamese

High school Dimensions Academy STEM and Humanities informational meetings

Wednesday, Dec. 7
from 7 - 8 p.m.


Tuesday, Jan. 10
from 7 - 8 p.m.


High school Nobel informational meeting

Monday, Dec. 12
from 7 - 8 p.m.


Wednesday, Jan. 11
from 7 - 8 p.m.


Assessment Dates 

Round Deadline for Nomination Placement Notification Date Assessments Offered to In-district Students
1 - elementary and middle school Dec. 16 (Out-of-District Only) Middle school: End of January 2023
Elementary: End of February 2023
MAP reading and math: October; January if needed
CogAT: October - December
TTCT (Nobel): October - December
1 - Dimensions Academy High School Jan. 20 Early-April 2023 Pre-ACT: February 3
2 - all March 24 June 1, 2023 MAP reading and math: May
CogAT, TTCT, ACT: as needed
3 - all Aug. 4 Aug. 12, 2023 None


Nomination Forms and Resources

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