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Elements is a self-contained classroom-based program designed to meet the unique educational and social/emotional needs of gifted children in grades 2-3 who have exceptional academic skills. Open enrollment option is available to students who do not live within the city of Bloomington.

The goal of the Elements program is to serve primary students whose outstanding academic talent, advanced motivation, performance (or potential for performance) at high levels of accomplishment indicate their need for in-depth, complex and rigorous curriculum and instruction.

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Video: A Look Inside the DA/Elements Classroom


Ridgeview Elementary School
9400 Nesbitt Ave.
Bloomington, MN 55438
Hours: 9:10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Oak Grove Elementary School
1301 W. 104th St.
Bloomington, MN 55431
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Which school will my child attend?
Use this school locator to determine which program site your child will attend. For elementary, the school is determined by your high school attendance area. JHS students will attend Ridgeview's program and KHS students will attend Oak Grove Elementary's program. 

Key Instructional Components

The Elements program employs a curriculum that is specifically designed to respond to gifted learners' characteristics of precocity, intensity and complexity. In combination with accelerated Bloomington Public Schools' units of study and units of study from the College of William and Mary's Integrated Curriculum Model (ICM), all students meet and exceed state and local standards. For more information about the ICM click here.

Key instructional components include...

  • acceleration of basic content experiences,
  • inquiry as a fundamental tool for encouraging learning,
  • use of open-ended activities and questions that encourage further exploration,
  • development of creative products to stimulate use of higher level thinking and problem-solving processes, and
  • extensions to pique interest around substantive content.
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