Bloom is committed to nurturing a diverse group of learners who can be successfully supported in inquiry-based processes within the school's unique environment. Our teachers provide expertly nuanced feedback to parents throughout the school year, including at three designated parent-teacher meeting times in autumn, winter, and spring. Bloom Community School has a no-grades, no-testing policy that was adopted after careful consideration of research-based studies into the efficacy of grades and standardized testing for true measurement of learning and academic success. Instead, our teachers look at the myriad ways in which children learn as they scaffold skill-building and inquiry acitivities. Our unique academic program, which meets or exceeds common standards within age and grade levels, does not look like that of traditional schools, requiring a paradigm shift in how we all think about and appraise a child's growth and progress in cultivating the learner traits, fundamental math thinking and literacy skills, and social-emotional growth. We ask that families consider these learner readiness markers, which teachers also use to track learner growth:

Flexibility and Adaptability

  • Able to adapt to varied roles within a community

  • Adjusts to transitions and changes in schedule

  • Able to incorporate teacher and peer feedback

  • Deals positively with compliments, setbacks, and criticism

  • Able to compromise and to work out solutions

  • Perseveres through obstacles

  • Initiative and Self Direction

Social Skills

  • Knows when to listen and when to speak

  • Able to work effectively with others

  • Responds open-mindedly to different ideas and values

  • Demonstrates empathy towards others

Leadership and Responsibility

  • Demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior

  • Acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind

Based on P21 21st Century Skills Learning Framework