Bloom Community School is a progressive, independent, private school serving families with children in kindergarten through eighth grade in the Bloomington-Normal (IL) area. Our innovative academic program is organized around inquiry-based, thematic instruction that is designed to integrate and expand on core content standards while meaningfully incorporating 21st-century skills that enhance self-awareness and academic success.
Bloom's daily schedule for each of our mixed-age classrooms provides both structure and group instruction as well as opportunities to foster independent learning. By approaching student learning as a dynamic activity that happens in every moment, Bloom combines best educational practices from global classrooms, with focused attention to the unique needs of each child.
Bloom's dynamic, thoughtful teachers bring diverse backgrounds to their classrooms, united by a commitment to implementing researched-based practices that tend to whole-child learning. In an environment of respect for each individual's strengths and needs, our teachers offer caring guidance and work with families to provide frameworks of understanding for how we address learner goals.
Bloom is joyfully expanding the longstanding investment that Bloomington-Normal has made in education, in part through the establishment of higher education institutions, by extending true innovation into K-8 learning. With support from Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University educators as well as a long list of community collaborators that includes area organizations, businesses, and individuals, Bloom teachers help connect student interests, questions, learning needs, and developing sense of identity to ever-widening circles of family, school, community, and world.
Bloom’s mission is to cultivate joyful, independent learners in an educational environment that nurtures individual development by integrating high academic standards and community engagement. We encourage students to develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their ability to contribute to collaborative problem solving that positively impacts their community and the world.