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* Offers Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) special program
** Offers Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) & Gifted Academy special programs
*** Offers Adult Education program

What is the Gifted Academy?

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The 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. 

The Gifted Academy defines itself by the core subjects taken by students. The smaller learning community consists of teachers in five core subject areas, English, Mathematics, Science, History and the Social Sciences. Gifted students take a four-year sequence of core courses that prepares them to be competitive at any college or university of their choice. 

Mirroring the intense, multifaceted, and nonconformist nature of giftedness, the Gifted Academy sets forth a qualitatively differentiated instructional program in content compacted and extended, in teaching strategies of exposition and inquiry, in assessment balancing logical critique and open-ended creativity. Intellectual development is promoted through planned activities, which include critical thinking skills, as well as skills that develop the capacity for analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. It is designed for academically talented, highly motivated students who intend to pursue the most rigorous, challenging educational programs beyond high school.

Have Questions?

For questions on eligibility, testing, review and waitlist questions please email:


Sherry King

815-713-6036  |