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.Contact UsHeather Psaltis
Director of Special Programs
Executive Director of Elementary and Special Programs
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.
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 the 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!
Congratulations to our Top Illinois Schools
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.