Preliminary data for the 2013-2014 academic year shows BHSN has an enrollment of 1,537 students, which are fed predominantly by Tri-North Middle School as well as Batchelor Middle School, Jackson Creek Middle School, St. Charles School, Harmony School, Lighthouse Christian Academy, and Pinnacle School.
It operates on a block schedule with students taking four 85-minute courses on some days and four 85-minute courses on the alternating days. The curriculum includes over 140 different course offerings and allows students to design academic programs to meet their individual needs. Graduation requirements are based on work completed in grades nine through twelve. Accelerated programs enable students to complete high school requirements in seven semesters. Special features of the curriculum include AP and Accelerated Learning courses, vocational/technical training, work-study programs, interdisciplinary studies, and independent study.
Bloomington High School North is noted for its academic achievement in several areas. It has consistently ranked in the 95th percentile in ACT, PSAT and SAT scores, well above the Indiana state average. Its Advanced Placement program is above the state average, with 76% of students earning a score of 3 or above in 2004 and students chosen as Advanced Placement Scholars each year. Many seniors choose to take courses at Indiana University, with some courses taught by BHSN faculty during the day. The average percentage of students who pass the ISTEP English and Math state-mandated assessments for NCLB has been above the Indiana state average since at least 2000.
During the 2005-2006 school year, the school's students showcased their talents and abilities throughout the state and nation:In science: state champion in Science Ultra Competition for eight out of the past ten years. The team won 10th place in the 2008 National Science Olympiad competition at George Washington University in Washington D.C.
In music: Advanced Jazz Ensemble named Honor Band at Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Symphonic Band third in state at ISMAA competition. In 2016 the Marching Band placed 5th at the state level, which had not happened since 2006.
In art: Gold and Silver Keys at Indiana Scholastic Art competition, Scholastic American Vision Award Nominee, and student Exhibitor in the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition.
The school is known for its eclectic student body, composed of students from many nations around the world. Students are active with performing arts opportunities in Bloomington, including the Rhino's Music Club and the Bloomington Playwrights Project. The school's service learning programs include cadet teaching, community service, and internship opportunities for seniors. The school's service organizations and student clubs are active fundraisers. The school's Habitat for Humanity chapter co-sponsored and built its ninth house in nine years house for Habitat for Humanity, the only high school in the nation to accomplish this undertaking.
Bloomington North's Music Program is known to be one of the best music programs in Indiana. The Music Program includes the Bloomington High School North Cougar Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Advanced Jazz, Wind Ensemble, Studio Jazz, Advanced Concert Band, Beginning Concert Band, Intermediate Jazz, Beginning Jazz, and Orchestra. Bloomington North also offers a variety of style in their music program, especially in the choral program with three different choirs; Vocal Jazz, Intermediate, and Advanced. All three choirs have a variety of styles, from Jazz to Broadway tunes. Recently the Marching Band has placed 9th twice in 2008, 2009, and 2015 and 5th in 2016 at ISSMA Marching Band State Finals in Indianapolis and the Symphonic Band placed 4th in 2010 at the ISSMA Concert Band State Finals. The Symphonic Band also traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee to participate in the National Adjudicators Invitational, where they placed first. In the 2015-16 school year, the Orchestra performed in Washington D.C. at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Janis Stockhouse and Thomas Wilson are the two band directors that run the large program.
Bloomington North has a new black box theater and a refurbished auditorium. Recent theatrical productions have included My Fair Lady, A Christmas Carol, You Can't Take It with You, West Side Story, The Dining Room, The Fantasticks, Damn Yankees, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Pajama Game, & Anything Goes. The theater director's students also perform as Living Statues each fall at the Bloomington Farmers' Market.
Bloomington North High School was awarded the 1980 National Cross Country Championship through the XC Legacy series published through Milesplit.us in an effort to begin filling in the national rankings from 1980-1988. The Harrier Magazine, operated by Marc Bloom formerly of Runners World Magazine began keeping official rankings in 1989. "At the state xc championships Bloomington North annihilated the field with an impressive 34-149 point showing over defending state champion Carmel," Carmel would rebound the following two years to claim the 1981 & 1982 National crowns. "A team who stormed through Indiana in epic fashion culminating in a state championship in which they would average 15:13 for 5000 meters with a 32 second 1-5 spread. The top four were perhaps the best 1-4 spread in US history, Marty Bassett and Keith Sharpless were individual title favorites with Jeff Grove competing against the top runner from any team in the state." "Our average 5k time of 15:12.7 for the top 5 runners remains, to this day, the fastest average 5k time ever run by a high school team in a state meet."
Cheerleading The Bloomington High School North cheerleading team won a national championship at the 2010 National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Florida. The team has also placed third, fifth, seventh, and ninth at this national competition in past years.
In the 2005-2006 school year, BHSN earned several athletic honors, including:Five sectional championships in Boys' Soccer, Girls' Volleyball, Girls' Tennis, Girls' Cross Country, Girls' Track
Three regional championships in Boys' Soccer, Girls' Cross Country, and Girls' Track
Two semi-state championships in Boys' Soccer and Girls' Tennis.
Girls' Cross Country12 Sectional Championships (16th most in Indiana history)
8 Regional Championships (14th most in Indiana history)
1 Semi-State Championship
1 Individual State Champion 1991-92
1 Individual State Runner-Up 1988-89
Boys' Cross Country17 Sectional Championships (19th most in Indiana history)
15 Regional Championships (6th most in Indiana history)
14 Semi-State Championship (2nd most in Indiana history)
1 Team State Championship 1980-81
1 Individual State Runner-Up 1981-82
Girls' Track & Field16 Sectional Championships (14th most in Indiana history)
7 Regional Championships (8th most in Indiana history)
5 Individual State Champions
Boys' Track & Field17 Sectional Championships (35th most in Indiana history)
9 Regional Championships (12th most in Indiana history)
6 Individual State Champions
Wrestling1 Team State Runner-Up 1975-76
1 Team State Championship 1976-77
BHSN has also won multiple individual state championship in wrestling.
The school tries to assist its students and the guidance counselors and social workers are trained to offer the following support services:Grief Group,
HELP (Heritage and Environmental Learning),
ISG (International Student Group),
SAVE (Students Against Violent Acts),
TAP (Tobacco Awareness),
US (United Students, the school GSA)
ESAHG (Eliminate Surplus Amount Of Hicks Group)
MIBAG (Marijuana Is Bad Awareness Group)
In 2006, the BHSN parent organization Cougars for Better Education, which was founded 10 years prior, started the Cougar Wall of Fame, with nomination by application, which recognizes and honors alumni of BHS North and the schools that consolidated into BHS North upon opening in 1972.Joshua Bell - Professional violinist
Daniel Biss - Illinois House of Representatives member from the 9th district
Kueth Duany - Former professional basketball player, most recently playing for the Buffalo Silverbacks of the ABA. Duany also played for several other professional teams including the Fayetteville Patriots of the NBA Development League, Braunschweig and Telekom Baskets Bonnof the German Basketball Bundesliga and the Tampereen Pyrintö of the Finnish Korisliiga.
Jared Jeffries - Former NBA player for the Washington Wizards, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and Portland Trailblazers
Pat Knight - Current scout for the Indiana Pacers. Former head coach of the Lamar Cardinals men's basketball team (2011-2014), the Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball team (2008-2011), the Columbus Cagerz of the United States Basketball League (1998) and the Wisconsin Blast of the International Basketball Association. Knight is the son of Basketball Hall of Fame member and long time Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball head coach Bob Knight
Michael Koryta - New York Times best-selling and award winning suspense novelist
Sean May - Current assistant to the director of player development for the North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team. May previously played for the Charlotte Hornets and Sacramento Kings of the NBA. May also played for several other professional teams including the Fenerbahçe Ülker of the Turkish Basketball Federation, the KK Zagreb of the Euroleague, the Sutor Basket Montegranaro formerly of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A, as well the Paris-Levallois Basket, SPO Rouen Basket and Orléans Loiret Basket of the French Ligue Nationale de Basket.
Terry Stotts - Current head coach for the NBA's Portland Trailblazers. Stotts formerly coached for the Atlanta Hawks (2002-2004) and Milwaukee Bucks (2005–2007).
Mario Wuysang - Professional basketball player for the CLS Knights Surabaya of the Indonesian IBL.