Special Programs

Bloomington Public Schools serves students with a variety of abilities and needs. The district is committed to meeting the needs of all students. Special programming is available at every level to give students the supports neccessary to achieve.

Academically Advanced Programs

We recognize that some students have specific academic talents and need to be challenged at high levels. District 87 provides differentiated programming for students in reading and mathematics.

Reading Intervention Program

All elementary schools periodically assess students' reading skills to ensure that all students are making progress in building reading skills. Sometimes students have difficulty strengthening their reading skills. We believe that it is important to provide intervention for students who begin to struggle with reading.

Bloomington Public Schools provides reading intervention in two main ways:

Title I or Reading Improvement Reading Intervention - Several schools have Title I or Reading Improvement teachers who assess students periodically and work with small groups of students to improve their reading skills. Reading intervention generally takes place during the school day. These Reading Interventionists are specially trained to identify the specific difficulties that students have and to devise lessons to help students improve. Reading Interventionists also work closely with the child's classroom teacher.

Bloomington Junior High School supports the improvement of reading skills by offering courses taught by reading specialists to students in grades 6 through 8.  In addition, Bloomington High School offers a Techniques in Reading course for 9th grade students in need of additional reading instruction.