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.
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.
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
- Nonpublic Full Report form - due Oct. 1
- Letter of Intent to Continue to Provide Instruction - due Oct. 1
- Aids to Nonpublic Students form - due Oct. 1
- Immunization Record form
- Health Services Information
Please visit Minnesota Department of Education for more information.
Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own admissions requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. Eleventh and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 10th graders are eligible to enroll in PSEO on a more limited basis (see note below). Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09. If a school district determines a pupil is not on track to graduate, she/he may continue to participate in PSEO on a term by term basis.
By March 1 of each year, or three weeks prior to the date a student registers for courses for the following school year, schools must provide PSEO information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families. To assist the district in planning, a student must inform the district by May 30 of each year of their intent to enroll in postsecondary courses during the following school year.
There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course; however, students may incur fees for equipment that becomes their property when the course or program is completed, textbooks that are not returned to the postsecondary institution according to their policies, or for tuition costs if they do not notify the district by May 30 and the district does not waive this date requirement.
Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. For more information on these funds, access the PSEO Mileage Reimbursement Program Instructions.
Enrolling in a PSEO course does not prohibit a student from participating in activities sponsored by the high school.
School districts must allow a PSEO student reasonable access to the high school building, computers and/or other technology resources during regular school hours to participate in PSEO courses, whether on-line or on campus.
Each year, districts must publish their grade-weighting policy on their website, including a list of courses for which students can earn weighted grades.
All courses taken through the PSEO program must meet graduation requirements. Districts must transcript credits earned in PSEO by a ratio prescribed in statute. Districts have the authority to decide which subject area and standards the PSEO course meets. If there is a dispute between the district and the student regarding the number of credits granted for a particular course, the student may appeal the board's decision to the commissioner. The commissioner's decision regarding the number of credits will be final.
Postsecondary institutions are required to allow PSEO students to enroll in online courses consistent with the institution’s policy regarding postsecondary student enrollment in online courses.
Tenth-grade students may initially enroll in one Career and Technical Education (CTE) PSEO course if they receive a reading proficiency score of “meets” or “exceeds” on the 8th grade MCA. If 10th graders taking a CTE PSEO course earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional CTE PSEO courses. If the student did not take the MCA in 8th-grade, another reading assessment accepted by the enrolling postsecondary institution can be substituted. For students with disabilities, there is an alternative option to demonstrate reading proficiency.
For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.
Additional information can be found on the high school registration pages.