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.
3rd-8th Grade Testing Updates
(as of 1-20-16)
|GT identification is almost complete for current 3rd grade students. Letters and test results will be mailed by January 25 to parents of all student who tested.|
Advanced Math Testing
|Current 6th grade students who have qualified for Advanced Math testing based on their January Discovery Education scores will be mailed letters in early February. |
Current 7th grade students can test for ROCK Classes by teacher recommendation. If you have questions if your child meets the criteria to test, speak with his/her classroom teacher no later than February 14.
|Please contact Rockford Freshman Center Counseling Office for information on 9th grade Honors Testing. |
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