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The Renaissance Gifted Academy in the Rockford Public Schools affirms the need to identify students with potential at any point in their educational career and to provide the kinds of educational services which will enable them to demonstrate a level of achievement commensurate with their potential.
Based on research and common understandings about gifted programming, we welcome any student who lives in the Rockford Public School District to participate in our eligibility testing. We encourage anyone who sees potential in a child to contact the The Renaissance Gifted Academy Office for more information: a parent, a teacher, a school administrator, community member, even the student himself/herself. Please access the link on the left to locate common characteristics of gifted students.
In order to take part in the testing, the student's family will need to pre-register. This is done by
1) downloading, printing, and completing a consent for testing form and returning it to:
The Renaissance Gifted Academy
Thurgood Marshall School
4664 N. Rockton Avenue
Rockford, IL 61103
Fax: (815) 972-3443
2) registering online:
This consent must be received before the testing date.
Students who are not currently enrolled in the Rockford Public School District must provide proof of residency. Two forms of proof are required, such as a lease, mortgage closing papers, a utility bill. More forms are acceptable. Details are available on the Student Assignment Center website.
New to the district? Contact the Renaissance Gifted Office for more information.
Testing and Eligibility
Eligible students are identified through a comprehensive testing matrix. No single assessment or its results denies student eligibility. The testing matrix includes an abilities assessment covering verbal, quantitative and nonverbal components along with a writing sample. Admission to the program is based solely on a blind review of the student's scores on the testing matrix.
Eligibility testing is conducted in the year prior to enrollment. Any student wishing to apply for the program must participate in a scheduled testing session and supply, upon request, other information pertinent to the applicant’s grade level.
For our regular eligibility testing, Rockford District #205 utilizes the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). The CogAT measures students' verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal reasoning abilities.
The Renaissance Academy Program is now in the second year of piloting an additional screening measure. In an effort to be inclusive of the diversity of our community, the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test, NNAT2, will be administered to all district Kindergartners during the 2013-2014 school year.
2014-2015 School Year
Testing sessions for acceptance into the Renaissance Gifted Academy for the 2014-2015 school year are scheduled for the dates and times below. All testing will take place at:
Washington Academy, 1421 West Street, Rockford, IL, 61102
Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to check in.
Grades 2 - 4
November 16, 2013
Grades 5 - 9
November 16, 2013
January 25, 2014
Continue to check here for Make-Up Testing dates.
Dates are scheduled regularly, depending on
seat availability. Testing will not be conducted
on any other dates.
NNAT2 - Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test
During the 2012-2013 school year, the Renaissance Gifted Office screened third grade students using the NNAT2. This online test was administered in every elementary school.
For the 2013-2014 school year, this testing will switch to Kindergarten. Students who are offered seats in the Renaissance Gifted Academy based on this testing will begin in the 2014-2015 school year.
New to the district? Did you miss the scheduled testing dates due to unforseen circumstances? Make-up testing dates are scheduled periodically, based on need and seat availability. Check table above for the newest dates and grade levels.
*** No eligibility testing will take place during the month
of August due to school scheduling and registration ***