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Dimensions Academy High School

 

 
Dimensions Academy High School (DAHS) is Bloomington Public Schools' 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.  This year we have a change in our DAHS model that we are excited to share with you!  This model involves bringing the STEM portion to Jefferson High School and keeping the DA Humanities portion at Kennedy High School.  Advanced learners will have the opportunity to be in a cohort to take college-level courses at college pacing with support from the Gifted and Talented Dept.  We will use a dual-campus model in order for students at both high schools to access either or both programs.  A shuttle will be provided to transport students to either or both programs.

Families interested in potentially having their 9th grader participate in either or both DAHS pathways are invited to come to one of the upcoming informational meetings.  Your student does not have to be in the DA program already to qualify!


Informational Meetings

  • Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Kennedy High School in the media center
  • Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Oak Grove Middle School auditorium
  • Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Jefferson High School in the media center
We plan on using the PreACT test as a data point in program placement.  We will test applicants at Kennedy High School on Friday, Feb. 14.  More information will be coming about the test schedule.  If you cannot do testing on that date but are still interested in participating in DAHS, please register to take the ACT as soon as possible at ACT.org so we can have that data point when we do placements in the spring. 


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, Jan. 24, 2020

Eligibility Requirements

Any qualified incoming 9th grade student - even those who have never participated in the Dimensions Academy program prior to 9th grade - are welcome to apply to the Dimensions Academy High School program. Qualifications are based on Bloomington Public Schools' assessment measures or other professional assessments that deem this program to be educationally beneficial for highly and profoundly gifted high school students. Students who meet or come close to the listed qualifications are encouraged to apply. Open enrollment is available to students who do not live within the city of Bloomington.

*Note: Geometry is NOT a prerequisite for the first math course; however, it is highly recommended that students complete geometry prior to the end of their 9th grade year.  Geometry is not a part of the DA HS math curriculum. Therefore, students will need to take geometry before 9th grade or take two math courses in their 9th grade year.

Qualifications

  • 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

Additional Qualification Criteria

The student must possess and have demonstrated:

  • Advanced levels of thinking skills
  • High degree of independence in learning and production
  • Extraordinary degree of intellectual curiosity
  • Ability to manage advanced work at an accelerated pace
  • Strong social and emotional fortitude
  • Scholarly behavior and disposition
Informational materials on DA High School: 

Contact

Erin Boltik
Director of Gifted Education
eboltik@isd271.org

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