Gifted & Talented Programs

The Gifted and Talented department is excited to offer three free virtual events with Erin Walsh from the Spark & Stitch Institute at 7 p.m. Dec. 9, Jan. 13 and Feb. 10. Topics include Staying Engaged in Learning: The Science of Motivation; Parenting in a Pandemic: The Many Faces of Stress; and Parenting in a Pandemic: Setting Limits and Avoiding Power Struggles. Learn more.

Families from Bloomington and across the Twin Cities choose our Gifted and Talented programs for the opportunity to help highly academic and creatively gifted students continue to grow and be challenged.

More than simply differentiating curriculum, our programs are designed to enhance the unique capabilities of gifted children. Our programs include five major components:

  • Integrated Curriculum
  • Critical thinking and creative expression
  • Social and emotional development and enhancement
  • Family engagement and parent education
  • Taught by Gifted Ed. Specialists and GT trained teachers  

Our programs are classroom or cohort-based using rigorous, research-based curriculum and instruction. Programming begins in 2nd grade with multiple options through 12th grade. 

In addition to our application-based programs,  students in all grades benefit from differentiated teaching with options for advanced learning and enrichment opportunities supported by Gifted & Talented staff.

Enrollment

Open enrollment is available into all Bloomington gifted programs. We welcome qualified students from outside the Bloomington school district to apply for any program level from grade 2 through 12. District applicants do have preference over out of district applicants. 

Learn more about the application process and deadlines for Gifted and Talented programs.

Gifted and Talented Resources

Contact

Erin Boltik, Ed. S. 
Director of Gifted Programs & Services
952-681-6494
fax: 952-681-6497
eboltik@isd271.org

Tim Kaari
Elementary Coordinator 
952-806-7158
fax: 952-681-6497
tkaari@isd271.org

Sean Hildebrandt
Middle School Coordinator 
952-681-6655
fax: 952-681-6497
shildebrandt@isd271.org

Meredith Aby-Keirstead
High School Coordinator
952-806-7811
fax: 952-681-6497
maby@isd271.org