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Gifted Academy Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Gifted Academy Program is one of many specialized programs in the Rockford Public Schools.  We recognize that gifted students, like other groups in the general school population, possess unique potential and needs which can only be addressed through modification of the regular curriculum. The goal of our program is to identify and nurture potential through the development of specialized curriculum offerings modified and adapted to meet the unique learning styles, learning rates, interests, abilities and needs of gifted students.

Parents for Gifted Education – Parent Workshop

Saturday April 29th, 10am-12pm

Marshall Middle School Library

Encouragement Parenting with Gifted Children   ** Childcare provided for children 3+

Pre-Registration is Required as Materials will be Provided. Register by April 24th at:

Title: Building Family Cooperation, Compassion, and Connection with Words that Work and Family Meetings

Description: Bring more peace, connection and cooperation into your family interactions. Catherine blends her knowledge of gifted children with positive parenting approaches and tools, using didactic and experiential work to support parents bringing more consciousness into their interactions with their children, creating more connection and enjoyment in their parenting roles, while inviting cooperation.

In this workshop you will chart your parenting path, learn specific words that create connection and invite cooperation, and create an on-going framework (using family meetings) that fosters cohesion, teaches the problem solving process, and offers space and time for parental guidance.

Bio: Catherine Gruener, MA., M.A., LCPC, NCC, PDTC


Eligibility Testing
Registration ​and all information about eligibility can be found by clicking on our ​Gifted Testing Information and Registration page.

District Wide Screening ​for Gifted Program:

All district Kindergarten students will be screened for the gifted academy program using the Naglieri NonVerbal Ability Test. This process takes place during October, November and December at all district elementary schools.

Click the link below to learn more about the three schools housing the gifted academy.

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Lisa Ryan
Dean of Gifted Services

Heather Psaltis
Director of Special Programs
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Diana Alt
Executive Director​ of Elementary and Special Programs

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​​​Gifted Academy Program ​Effectiveness Survey
Thanks to all of you who participated in our Gifted Academy Effectiveness Survey is now closed.  We truly value your input.  An overview of t​​he process and results was presented at the April 20, 2015 PGE meeting.  Resources:

Gifted Academy - A Framework for Success Presentation

Customer Service Survey Results​ ​

​We have launched a Gifted Academy Alumni Page​!  We are calling upon all Academy alumni to share "where they are now".  It is our hope to share information about our alumni with potential families so they see the exciting range of paths our alumni have taken in life and where those paths have led them. We are also hoping this page can help alumni learn more about their friends and classmates from the past.​

If you are an alumnus, please take part in our short survey found here​.  And, spread the word to your classmates.  We want to hear from everyone!

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