The vision of gifted education in the Rockford Public Schools is to provide exemplary differentiated programs and/or services enabling gifted learners to maximize their potential as productive learners.
The RPS Gifted and Talented Department welcomes you and invites you to share in our passion for ensuring learning for all students who demonstrate a need for higher level opportunities.
Director Maggie Thelen coordinates this department, which serves grades K-12, and is supported in these efforts by two teacher consultants. All department personnel are required to possess a master’s degree in gifted education and work with other district personnel to ensure academic success for high ability students. A varied array of gifted-related services and programs are available to students, teachers and parents in the Rockford schools.
Programming provided by the Gifted and Talented Department includes teacher consultation in kindergarten through eighth grade; a pull-out program for fourth and fifth grade; and testing, placement, and accelerated programming in grades six through twelve, as well as serving as a testing site for the Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search.
Maggie Thelen, Director
Gifted and Talented Department