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 Gifted Academy

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​students looking at peer presentingThe Gifted Academy 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. Click the following link to learn more about the three schools housing the gifted academy: Explore Our Schools.

​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 using the Naglieri NonVerbal Ability Test. This process takes place during fall and winter at all district elementary schools. Families are notified of results in early March.

Contact Us
Lisa Ryan
Dean of Gifted Services

Heather Psaltis
Director of Special Programs
Let's Talk!​​

​​​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:
​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 s​ee 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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