School Details

Bloom Trail High School

22331 Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago Heights, IL 60411
(708) 758-7000

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1589 students 21 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade


Prairie State Achievement Exam Results (PSAE)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Bloom Twp Hsd 206 School District average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Bloom Trail High School is a public high school in Steger. The principal of Bloom Trail High School is Dr. Deb Graham. 1,589 students go to Bloom Trail High School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 0% of the Bloom Trail High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 54% of the 1,589 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 78% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Bloom Trail High School is 21:1. Dist 206 Alternative High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 58% 55%
Multiracial 5% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 23% 14%
Hispanic 12% 25%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% 0%
Asian 0.2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 78% 76%
Limited English proficiency 0% 3%
Economically disadvantaged 54% 64%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is one of the worst schools ive ever seen. The floors are stained and the walls have cracks all over. The teachers refuse to listen to the childern and shovel them off to graduation so they dont need to deal with them. The test scores are below the illlinois average and the us average by a significant measure. Dont send your kid here.

  • (3 years ago)

    I rated Bloom Trail as unsatisfactory due to the FACT that the faculty/staff put more effort into disciplining the students than educating them. They keep the children out of classes by placing them in in-school suspension and out-of-school suspension for the smallest infraction i.e. wearing a very thin jacket in the cold building during winter. I've noticed that when the kids try to defend themselves for a write-up by a teacher that they felt was unjust the deans give them a harsher punishment. The teachers and deans are very disrespectful to both the parents and the students. They like most other high schools and even elementary schools are teaching the kids backwards. When my son asked the teacher about why he got an answer wrong (according to the computer) when he could prove it was right the teacher said "I know it's just the way it is." They are preparing the children for prison not college. That school is a mess from the faculty/staff to the interior of the building. Look at the moldy ceiling the very old and broken lockers no air in the summer and no heat in the winter. Nothing about that school is condusive to learning.

  • (5 years ago)

    My children have had the good fortune of meeting many wonderful inspirational involved teachers and coaches. People who've given so much of themselves to the school the district and the community.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter just graduated from there with honors and in the National Honor Society. You get out of this school (or any) exactly what you put into it. Judge Mathis attend school in Englewood and look where he is. There is nothing wrong with this school and I would recommend sending your child there.

  • (5 years ago)

    if you show you care about eduaction this school is great i curently go to this school i am on the cheerleading team and run track. i have honor classes and i am graduating my jounior year

  • (7 years ago)

    I graduated from BTHS in 2003 granted I had bad grades and didn't care about school I enjoyed being at BTHS. There were lots of fights and apathy but you get that at any school you go to. In my life I moved around a lot and attended differant schools every 4 years or so and what I learned from Trail is acceptance and tolerance. Yes there were some 'bad apples' but there were also some good kids and teachers. Before you decide not to send your child to this HS take a tour of the school talk to the teachers and deans. The photo teacher was wonderful. I enjoyed Yearbook and ceramics. English was great. My grades weren't that great because I didn't put forth the effort. I believe that is the main reason the test scores are low for the school. That would not be the teacher's fault.

  • (7 years ago)

    Bloom Trail is a great school!

  • (8 years ago)

    I am very pleased with this school. I have one concern the test scores are low. One reason could be the school starts students to low in math classes. My son had algebra in Jr. High he received grades at 84%. Yet much to my objection the school place him in a pre algebra class. Next year he will take the same class he had in Jr. High. Two years of education waisted. He will be behind the nation when he tests as a Junior never getting a chance at High School Math.

  • (8 years ago)

    Bloom Trail is a great school the staff is great. My kids have a greatt time in school and enjoy their learning.

  • (10 years ago)

    I attended BTHS for my four years of high school. The quality of education is impacted by teachers but also by the child's willingness to learn. Some may say the teachers there are young and maybe inexperienced but there are also older very well trained and experienced teachers there as well. For the 2003-2004 school year one of the teachers won honorable mention for teacher of the year. Every school may have some problems but overall if your child wants to learn they will be able to have that opportunity at Bloom Trail High School. By the way I was one of the honor students and yes I had a mentor. However many of the other students who had less than excellent academic records had mentors too. And although some students had more than one mentor most of the mentors had more than one student to mentor.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school has a high influx of gang members. My children have been approached on several occasions to join gangs. My children are no longer enrolled at Bloom Trail they are being home schooled. The school is trying to improve it's educational quality level with specialised reading and math programs. The teachers I believe overall have the best for intensions for the kids but it's hard when faced with a majority of the population who are only bidding their time until they are 16 and can drop out. Then there are the teachers who immeiately take a dislike to students just because of the way they look. And we all know you can't judge a book by it's cover and the same goes for students too.

  • (10 years ago)

    If your kid's not an honor student expect them to be stuck in Bloom Trail for more than 4 years. horrible school!

  • (10 years ago)

    Bloom trail falls way below a good high school standard in my eyes! Most schools nurture the honor school students but who's nurturing the rest of the kids. Bths test scores prove that many students need help and guidance so tell me how can one child get two mentors and other children get none? Teaching is more than just a paycheck. Most kids really want to lean but it takes someone who cares to see that. Secondly where's the homework & college prep! I thought it was just me but other parents have confirmed that their child never have homework! And third yes some teachers are right out of college themselves but ultimately it's my job to make sure my child has a good education. My plan transfer by 2004-05.

  • (10 years ago)

    I think Bloom Trail is a good school. My daughter is receiving a fine education. As in any school if you want the education you will get it. I had concerns when I first sent my daugher there but now that she is nearing the end of her journey I see how much she has really learned not just in the classroom but about life. She has met a variety of different people been mentored by 2 excellent teachers has had wonderful coaches. All of the adults she has encountered through classes extracurricular activities & sports have really helped to keep her on the right track and have offered freely their wisdom & guidance.

  • (10 years ago)

    Bloom Trail High School is a highschool I attended in 1977. The school was great! Now recently I brought my daughter into this school and let me tell you did this school change during my years. The teaching is horrible. My daughter would tell me how young the teachers are. I was shocked when I heard this because the teachers were still young themselves. The schools testing is way below the standard! Due to the schools Ford Heights Sauk Village and Lynwood causes a lot of poor students to do bad in this school because of their poor junior high and elementary schools. Many fights occur! I think this school is not a safe school to be in nor a good school to learn in! If you are thinking about sending your child to Bloom Trail ask yourself 'Do I really want my child in a nonsafe environment?'

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