Welcome to Bloomington Junior High School!
You're a Knight, now.
About BJHS- A note from Dr. Jarvis
Greetings from Bloomington Junior High School! I would like to introduce our school to you and take some time to share what we are about. Folks often view middle school as the in-between phase. However, we know that it is much more than that, especially at BJHS. This time in a child’s life is a very important one. It is critical to support students now, so they do not struggle later. That is why we focus just as much on social and emotional support as we do on academics. BJHS is a unique place because 1,200 students come together from six different elementary schools for the first time. In addition, we are a very diverse school. For some students, it is their first time interacting with kids who are different from them and they are exposed to the true culture and diversity of Bloomington. All the Owls, Wolves, Tigers, Super Stars, Sharks, and Mustangs are now Knights.
A way of helping new students adapt is by entering into the team system. In a school that is the size of BJHS, we give the students a chance to form an identity in a smaller group. Sixth-grade students are split into seven teams that spell out “KNIGHTS.” Seventh and eighth-grade students form three teams that spell “BJH.
Each grade level team meets in Roundtable daily for a check-in with their homeroom teacher, spending time building relationships. That time is a chance for students to work together, check-in with their teacher, and hold each other accountable. It helps build community and addresses social and emotional learning.
BJHS offers classes in foreign languages, exploratory subjects, and advanced placement; some of those courses count for high school credit. Our Arts for Life classes are unique for our level. Those offerings — world drumming, computer science, art — give students an opportunity to tap into to tap into their creative sides.
There is also a club offered for every kind of passion. Whether it is poetry, video games, or gardening, junior high student voices and involvement are highly respected at BJHS.
Lastly, but not least, BJHS’s staff is the hardest-working group. The teaching and administrative staff work very collaboratively. They constantly strive to understand the needs of our students.
I hope that you are able to experience BJHS for yourself soon. I hope everyone has a wonderful school year!
Going Old School
BJHS was established in the former high school building at 510 E. Washington St. after BHS moved to its current location in 1959. Centennial School on Colton Ave. was built in 1957. That school was closed, partially torn down, and replaced with the current BJHS in 1990. The current junior high has a unique layout, including a courtyard in the center of the property, a large common space that functions as a performance area and cafeteria, and large glass windows in the library with a view of BHS. The proximity of the junior high and high school is a benefit for students, often leading to collaboration and unique classroom partnerships.