Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School Earns Early College Endorsement

The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis recently announced the endorsement of the Early College (EC) program at Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School as highly effective.  Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School’s Early College program began in 2015, and this year graduated 14 students with Technical Certificates with 30 transferable college credits.

“We are excited to be recognized as an Early College high school through the Center of Excellence in Leadership and Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis. It has been a rigorous process which would not have been possible without the dedication of our teachers.  Our staff is committed to the Early College model and providing our students the opportunity to earn dual college credit in high school and establish a foundation to earn a post secondary degree at a 2 year or 4 year institution or trade school. Our goal is to prepare students for sustained postsecondary success while saving our families college tuition.” said David Dean, Principal Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School.

The Early College high school model creates small schools that are designed to give students jumpstarts on the rest of their lives. Students can earn both high school diplomas and up to two years of credit toward bachelor’s or associate degrees. While open to all students, Early College programs specifically serve low-income young people, first-generation college students, English language learners and students of color – all statistically underrepresented in higher education.

To be considered for endorsement, the school prepared a portfolio that addressed the eight required principles established by CELL including providing a rigorous curriculum, robust student supports and completion data. In addition, a CELL team visited the school to interview administration, teachers, students and parents about the EC and its benefits and challenges before designating the program as endorsed.

"These newly-endorsed Early College High Schools have documented evidence of quality programs that help high school students graduate high school and accelerate into post-secondary education, whether at a four-year institution or a career/technical program. These students’ accomplishments are true game-changers for them and their families!” said Sandy Hillman, CELL director of Early College.

CELL, at the University of Indianapolis, is a leading convener, catalyst and collaborator for dynamic, innovative education change in Indiana. It has trained over 120 high schools across the state in the fundamentals of Early College and endorsed 22 as of the end of 2018. Once a school receives endorsement, it is expected to further develop its opportunities and will be reviewed for re-endorsement every three years.

For more information, contact Jr.-Sr High School Principal David Dean, 812-384-4550.


Welcome to the Bloomfield School District.  We serve grades KG-12 on one campus – which includes Bloomfield Elementary School (KG through Grade 6) and Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School (Grades 7-12).  Our students are pushed to learn and achieve academically through a variety of core curriculum and support services that meet the unique educational, social and emotional needs of each child.  Our faculty and staff work with students and their parents to provide quality educational opportunities in a structured, safe and supportive learning environment.


As superintendent, I am proud of the opportunities our district continues to provide for our students. In August, we launched our Engineering is Elementary curriculum in the Elementary School as we wish to inspire innovation in today's classrooms to engage students in discovering their inner engineer as they become lifelong STEM learners.  Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School continues to offer students an outstanding opportunity to participate in our Early College programs to earn college credit.  At the start of the 2018-19 year all students in grades 7-12 were issued Lenovo 11E Chromebooks as we move forward with our Digital Learning Initiative.  We support an active FFA, as well as a world class NJROTC program.  It is one of the few in this area and has maintained an excellent reputation for being very active.  In addition, Bloomfield was recently awarded a Ready Schools grant from the Regional Opportunities Initiative, Inc. in the amount of $130,000.  Our goal for the grant is to engage business leaders, community stakeholders, parents and students in meaningful discussion about what success means for Bloomfield and to develop a strategic plan that will help BSD obtain that success.  

These are just a few examples of the wonderful activities taking place in our schools.  If you are interested in joining the Bloomfield community, please contact me directly at (812) 384-4507.  I would love to share with you all of the reasons why Bloomfield School District is a very special place.

Jeff Gibboney, Superintendent

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