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                                                                                                         Michele Beach

Director of Gifted, Honors, and Advanced Placement

Office of Learning Support Services

Thurgood Marshall School

4664 N. Rockton Ave.

Rockford, IL  61103

(815) 986-5601

FAX (815) 972-3443

Email Contact

The Renaissance 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.

Every child has the right to learn something new every day.

- Gifted Children's Bill of Rights

Eligibility Testing

We have completed all of our regular testing sessions for entrance in the 2015-2016 school year.   At this point, we have no make-up testing sessions scheduled.  Should we schedule any more testing dates, you will find that information on our Renaissance Testing Page.  


What's New? 

Renaissance Gifted Academy Effectiveness Survey

In an effort to continue to improve our program and meet the needs of our students, families, and community, we would appreciate your time in responding to a survey.  You will read a list of statements, indicating the extent to which you believe the statements are true/accurate.  The survey can be found here:

Renaissance Gifted Academy Effectiveness Survey​

We value your input.  Survey results will be published here in early spring.


​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!


Wonderful Websites 

Amazing Teachers
The Golden Apple Foundation has announced their 2014 MS/HS nominees! ​We are proud of our teachers at:
  • Marshall: Tim Aures, Sue Brauns, Megan Fleming, Rey Garza, Linda Griffin, Deb Maklezow, Gina McNamara, Kathleen Miller, Christopher Watts, and Heidi Willson
  • ​Auburn: Barb Chidley, Karen Hoover, Chris Rauh, and Rebecca Roth

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.

For more information:​​ 

Chess Champion
Vincent Do, Marshall Middle School student, participated in the Susan Polgar World Open on November 1-2 and finished in 1st place!  This qualifies him for the ChessIQ Academy World Team event to be held in Greece.

Marvelous Musicians

Congratulations to our Auburn High School students who qualified for the IMEA, Illinois Music Education Association, District 8 Festival.  Good luck to them on November 22 at DeKalb High School.

  • Band: Doug Chan, Joshua Day, Emma Lundquist
  • Chorus: Riley Martin, Chloe Alexander, Nicholas Cordonnier, Sunny Dolan, Katie Garner, Claire Hagney, Taylor Maurchie-Banks, Chase McIntoush, and Allison Pitman
  • Orchestra: Aurora Harkleroad, Abigail Shelton 
​​National Achievement Semi-Finalists
​Congratulations to Justyn and Jacob Higgins, Auburn's 2015 honorees!  They are amongst 1,600  Black American high school seniors who earned the designation.  Students are selected from the highest scores from the Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT).  Only the semi-finalists may continue in the competition for the Achievement Scholarship Awards, worth about $2.5 million.  

National Merit Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to Auburn High School's newest National Merit Semi-finalists: Valerie Stenerson and Daniel Nielsen! 

Every year, approximately 1.5 million students enter the National Merit Scholarship competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT).  Some 50,000 of these students, who have earned highest Selection Index scores, qualify for National Merit recognition as Commended Students. Of those, about 16,000 students qualify as Semifinalists.  Semifinalists are designated on a state representational basis, with Illinois being one of the most competitive states.  These students need to meet further requirements to become Finalists.  Semifinalists and finalists have the opportunity to earn scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.


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