Welcome to the
Join us for an Open House
on April 22, 2023,
for the 2023-2024 school year.
New student applications for the 2023-2024 school year
accepted starting on February 12, 2023
Bloom was founded with a fundamentally different vision for schooling, focused on how children learn and what they need to meet the challenges of the future.
Bloom Community School is a progressive, independent, private school serving families with children in kindergarten through eighth grade in the Bloomington-Normal (IL) area. Bloom was founded in 2017 with a mission for rethinking schooling in ways that are student-centered. We support excellent teachers in leading play- and inquiry-based classrooms where students make meaningful connections that prepare them for the challenges of a rapidly transforming society.
Innovation and collaboration are driving our changing world, and children need learning experiences that help them integrate their intellectual, physical, communication, and social-emotional growth as well as their ability to manage information and technology. Bloom’s exceptional teaching staff adapts and innovates alongside the needs of children -- thoughtfully guiding and supporting growth through inquiry-based practices within a structured daily schedule that emphasizes outdoor activity and play.
Bloom Community School is truly a 21st-century education laboratory that integrates research-based practices in teaching and learning with community engagement. This approach prepares children to become empowered citizens in our communities, understanding the interconnectedness of our lives, economies, cultures, and futures.
Bloom’ s unique, responsive educational approach is supported by our immediate environment as a "third teacher." Located in historic Normandy Village, our welcoming building - originally designed for children - is surrounded by green space and adjoining a community playground, offering scalable space for exploration, inquiry, and play. Students climb trees, bring sleds to school in winter, and study or eat lunch in the gazebo in fair weather. Classes regularly visit The Refuge Food Forest, Normal Public Library, and the ISU campus, and ride with Connect Transit busses to navigate Bloomington-Normal. They develop confidence as they learn -- in developmentally appropriate ways -- to take responsibility for their environment, take care of their physical needs throughout the day, and to connect with peers of all ages.
Walking into Bloom Community School, you will see that it is organized to honor how children learn - with their whole selves. Bloom’s learning environment is designed to enhance both independent navigation and collaboration with its inviting, integrative, and dynamic learning spaces. As the parent of two current students said when she first visited the school, “It was like walking into my child’s brain.”
Bloom's experienced, thoughtful teachers bring diverse backgrounds to their classrooms, united by a commitment to creating a unique school environment that respects each individual's strengths and needs. Our teachers also offer caring guidance and work with families to provide frameworks of understanding for how they address learner goals through personalized learning.
Bloom is joyfully expanding the longstanding investment that Bloomington-Normal has made in education 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.
love of learning have been revitalized!
She is now passionate about math, science, social issues, art, politics, business, and reading in a way that is mind-blowing to me."
"We have been very impressed with the inquiry process and how much the students learn not only about their inquiry topic, but about planning their project, breaking it down into tasks, prioritization, research, collaboration, writing, and presentation."
—Genny & Giovanni Bernetti