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Renaissance Gifted Academy Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Renaissance 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.

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Heather Psaltis
Director of Special Programs
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Diana Alt
Executive Director​ of Elementary and Special Programs
​Eligibility Testing
Registration ​and all information about eligibility can be found on our Renaissance Testing Page


District Wide Screening ​for Renaissance Program:

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

​​Renaissance Gifted Academy Program ​Effectiveness Survey

Thanks to all of you who participated in our Renaissance 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:

Renaissance Gifted Academy - A Framework for Success Presentation

Customer Service Survey Results​ ​


​We have launched our new Renaissance 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!

​​2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards - National Gold Key Winner

Benji Bear, Auburn High School senior, has won the Scholastic Art and Writing​ gold key award for his Senior Art Porfolio.  His photography portfolio, The Ignored, was inspired by the events in Ferguson, Missouri.  All art and writing submissions were judged based on the program’s three criteria: originality, technical skill and emergence of personal vision or voice. 

The Scholastic Art and Writing Competition is the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12.  More than 300,000 works of art and writing were submitted for adjudication at the regional level in the Awards' 28 categories, which include poetry, painting, architecture, short story, fashion design and more. Eight high school seniors, including Benji,  received the art program's highest national honor, the Portfolio Gold Medal, which includes a $10,000 cash scholarship. Another 8 students were recognized for writing.  In addition, all national Award-winning high school seniors gain access to a special scholarship pool of more than $10 million through Alliance partnerships with esteemed colleges and universities across the U.S. ​ ​​

Previous winners include Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, ​​Stephen King, Zac Posen, and Lena Dunham.​

​Congratulations to our Top Illinois Schools

   Washington Academy - Fifteen​th highest ranked elementary school in Illinois!
Thurgood Marshall School - Tenth highest ranked middle school in Illinois!

Each year, the State Board of Education releases school report cards for each public school in the state.  The Chicago Sun-Times analyzes these scores using a statistical method called standardizing to analyze the “scale score” of every reading and math test statewide.  Then, schools are ranked based on average scores on state achievement tests - not on the percentage who meet state standards.  When several schools, such as ours, have 100% of their students who meet or exceed state standards, this statistical analysis yields more accurate rankings.​​​

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