High School Gifted Programs

Dimensions Academy High School, Nobel

Upcoming Dimensions Academy and Nobel Outreach Meetings

Dimensions Academy (STEM and Humanities) Outreach Meeting

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

Google Meet Link

Nobel High School Outreach Meeting Monday, Dec. 12
from 7 - 8 p.m.

Google Meet Link

Dimensions Academy (STEM and Humanities) Outreach Meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10
from 7 - 8 p.m.

Google Meet Link

Nobel High School Information Meeting

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

Google Meet Link
Pre-ACT Test Friday, Feb. 3                          The Pre-ACT on Feb. 3 will be offered at Kennedy High School. Transportation is available.

Dimensions Academy

Dimensions Academy High School (DAHS) is an innovative approach to gifted education at the high school level. Students can apply for the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and /or the Humanities (English and social studies) strand. Advanced learners have the opportunity to participate in a cohort taking college-level courses at college pacing. Courses are taught by high school teachers with specific training in teaching advanced learners, with support from Gifted and Talented team specialists.  We use a dual-campus model in order for students at both high schools to access either or both programs. A shuttle will be provided for transportation between the high schools. 

All students are considered for participation in DAHS; placements are based on students' current qualifications, regardless of past participation in gifted and talented programs in elementary or middle school. 

DAHS STEM Courses

 

Math Courses

Science Courses

Freshmen

Honors Algebra II/
Honors PreCalc

DA Earth and Space Science

Sophomores AP Calc AB AP Chemistry
Juniors AP Computer Science A AP Biology
Seniors AP Calc BC/ Calc III  AP Physics C

Note: Incoming students don’t need to have completed Geometry to be in the program but they will need to take Geometry over the summer or concurrently so they have some geometry background prior to taking PreCalc.

DAHS STEM Placement Criteria

  • Minimum of 2 consecutive years of middle school achievement data (e.g. MAP) => 95 percent (national) on reading and math
    OR
  • IQ Measure => 95 percent (administered by an approved licensed psychologist/psychiatrist)

PLUS

  • ACT scores: Math, Science and STEM subtests and composite = >20
  • Middle School GPA (gr. 6, 7, and 1st half of 8th grade)= >3.667
  • Teacher or other education professional recommendation
  • Personal narrative essay
  • Applicants with the highest cumulative scores are placed first. District students are given priority. 

DAHS Humanities Courses for 2023 Freshmen

 

Social Studies Courses

Language Arts Courses

Freshmen

AP Human Geography/
AP Comparative Politics

Pre-AP English 1/
Freshman Composition*

Sophomores

AP World / 
AP European History

Honors 10/ 
Intro to Lit*/
Creative Writing*

Juniors AP U.S. History AP Language & Composition /AP Seminar
Seniors AP U.S. Government & Politics/AP Macro Economics AP Literature & Composition/ AP Research

*Dual enrollment courses where students will earn college and high school credit.

DAHS Humanities Placement Criteria

  • Minimum of 2 consecutive years of middle school achievement data (e.g. MAP) =>95% (national) on reading and math
  • -OR-
  • IQ Measure =>95% (administered by an approved licensed psychologist/psychiatrist)

PLUS*

  • ACT scores: Reading and English subtests and composite = >20
  • Middle School GPA (gr. 6, 7, and 1st half of 8th grade)= >3.667
  • Teacher or other education professional recommendation
  • Personal narrative essay
  • Applicants with the highest cumulative scores are placed first. District students are given priority. 

Nobel

Nobel is an honors humanities pathway designed to nurture and develop the creativity of high school students.  Students who have been identified as creatively talented are grouped together in a cohort where they work with teachers who have been trained to grow creativity. Focusing on critical thinking and creativity, students engage in a rich curriculum connecting literature, social sciences, philosophy and the arts. Nobel is located at Kennedy High School. 

Core Nobel Courses

  • Nobel 9 English
  • Interdisciplinary 10: AP World History & Honors 10 English with dual enrollment credit
  • Interdisciplinary 11: AP US History & AP Language & Composition
  • AP Literature & Composition

Many electives are also available.  Students are grouped in a Nobel cohort for advisory.

Nobel Placement Criteria

  • MAP reading score of 85 percent or higher. Placement points awarded as follows:
    • 85-89 percent = 1 point
    • 90 percent and higher = 2 points
  • Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT). Students are scored on eleven verbal and figural categories of creativity. Placement points are awarded as follows on each category:
    • 51-69 percent = 1 point
    • 70-89 percent = 2 points
    • 90 percent and higher = 3 points
  • Strong teacher and parent recommendations
  • Applicants with the highest cumulative scores are placed first. District students are given priority. 

Students who complete the Nobel program at Valley View Middle School will automatically be placed in the Kennedy High School cohort. However, it is not a requirement that a student attended VVMS Nobel or other Bloomington middle school to be placed in the high school Nobel cohort.  

For all Learners

In addition to the Dimensions Academy High School and Nobel programs, Gifted and Talented staff work with our high schools to support staff in differentiated instruction and support students with options for advanced learning and enrichment. Learn how we support advanced learners in BPS high schools.

Learn about the process and timelines for Gifted and Talented program placements.
Open enrollment is available for students outside of Bloomington.