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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 offered for students grades 1-12.

Students thrive in the RPS 205 Gifted Academy, an accelerated program where academically gifted students develop their academic, creative and critical-thinking skills.

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.

The Gifted Academy includes many elective opportunities, clubs, and athletics to enrich the rigorous, inquiry-driven core instruction that defines our program. Learning extends beyond the classroom with field trips, partnerships and mentors, and volunteer opportunities to spark students’ curiosity.

Students who would benefit from the Gifted Academy

  • Are advanced thinkers
  • Demonstrate creativity & curiosity
  • Prefer choice & independence
  • Show intensity & inventiveness

What makes the program unique?

  • Accelerated and advanced learning & curriculum to challenge students.

  • An inquiry focus in all subject areas, including a daily inquiry block time in elementary school where students learn social and science skills.

  • STEM - Project Lead The Way (PLTW) in middle & high school.

  • Mandarin Chinese offered in middle & high school.

  • Academic, athletic, service & special interest clubs.

  • Competition opportunities: athletics, academic quiz bowl, chess, robotics, music, art, theatre.

Gifted Academy Locations

Thurgood Marshall Elementary (grades 1-4)
Thurgood Marshall School (grades 5-8)
Auburn High School (grades 9-12)

About Testing

Eligibility testing sessions are held for students grades K-10 who live within RPS 205 boundaries. About testing.


All testing and eligibility questions should be emailed to Gifted Academy

Tiffany Vang
Special Programs Coordinator