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School Canceled Wednesday, Feb. 20
Due to the projected snowstorm, Bloomington Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, February 20. This includes all early childhood through grade 12 schools in the district.

Additionally, the following programs have been canceled:
  • All early childhood programs, including preschool, ECFE, ECSE and screening programs.
  • Kids’ SAFARI, Early Learners Academy and Galaxy
  • Metro South Adult Basic Education
  • Community Education
  • Adult and youth enrichment classes
  • The district’s two Activity Centers at Jefferson and Kennedy high schools
High school students participating in athletics/activities should check with their coaches.

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BEACON Alternative Learning Program

BEACON is an education alternative that provides a variety of ways for students to earn credits toward a high school diploma. The program is designed to increase student learning by offering a smaller classroom setting and a wide variety of academic support. 
BEACON values high academic standards within each curricula area, which meet both Bloomington and Minnesota State Standards.

Attendance Line: 952-681-5056
Attendance Email:

Program Options

School within a School program at Kennedy High School      

  • Full-time/shared program open to grades 11 and 12.

  • *Optional shared 10th grade program (2 hours at BEACON/4 hours at Kennedy)* Student would need to enroll through the Kennedy High School counseling office: 952-681-5027.

  • See BEACON side index for daily schedules and class offerings.

Hybrid Program at Jefferson High School

  • Open to students grades 11 and 12 for credit recovery during the school day. Class offerings are limited. 

  • Student must enroll through their Jefferson counselor.

  • See BEACON side index for daily schedules and class offerings.

After School Credit Recovery

  • Students to attend credit make-up classes following a full day at Kennedy or Jefferson high school.

  • Open to 16-year-old Bloomington students

  • Offered trimester 2 and 3 after school (2 days per week)

  • See BEACON side index for daily schedules and class offerings.

Summer School

  • See BEACON side index for calendar/daily schedules and class offerings.

Contact Information


(School within a School Program at Kennedy)

Michelle Christenson
Program Coordinator

Char Jax
Program Secretary

Brittany Pensis
Counselor/Homebound Coordinator

Jeff Dunlap
Social Studies/Science/Work Experience

Jeff Kosel
Science/Social Studies/Jefferson Hybrid

Emily Liberko
Kate Plager

Sue Soderstrom
Check/Connect Para 

Contact Char Jax for more information about after-school/summer school teachers. 

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