Auburn's Freshman Campus Could Convert to Gifted School

By: Kimberly Brown Email
By: Kimberly Brown Email

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The proposal is just being considered but it could mean all the students who attend Auburn's freshman campus will move to the main high school building as early as next year.

Auburn parent Jasmine Hernandez said, “"I like that he's a freshman here and I like that they don't have to deal with some of the older students and are able to experience high school, but I would also like it to be a gifted children."

District administrators are looking at the option as a way to be more efficient and expand the districts gifted program from around 325 students to nearly 600 students.

Right now, gifted programs are offered at Washington Elementary for grades one through eight. Those classes are full.

Auburn's senior campus also offers gifted classes for grades nine through 12. Administrators said a gifted school would house both middle and high school students. So far, they said they have been hearing a lot of interest for the gifted program.

"I also get calls from people outside the district who are considering moving to Rockford and they want a strong educational choice for their children," Gifted Administrator, Michele Beach said.

Beach said families will benefit with more educational opportunities and for those who don't have kids, it means a stronger district which could help raise property values.

If the program does expand, Beach said the district could hire more teachers. We’re told the costs of this shift have not been worked out.

***There will be several public forums for anyone to give the district their opinions about this idea.

Those are:

November 30th - Washington Elementary at 6 p.m.
December 9th – Auburn freshmen campus at 7 p.m.

There will also be one more meeting, but it has not been scheduled yet.


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  • by Tirece Location: Rockford on Nov 26, 2010 at 03:30 PM
    I am a student at Auburn Freshman Campus, and I am worried that if they take away the gifted students that i will lose some of my friends. Also, if they take away the gifted program what happens to ROTC, CAPPA, honors classes. Will they take away electives. What's next. We were once known as the "Ghetto school", and it seems that were going to get that nickname back because like Betty said, the gifted school will be mostly white and main campus mostly black, hispanic, latino, (I dont know if that's repetitve but anyway) and the small percentage left will be white kids. Lastly, I agree with Roy," Sheffield must go!!"
  • by Roy Location: Rockford on Nov 19, 2010 at 03:19 PM
    So, if you have a student who is gifted or honors student and you live near Guilford you will have to have them ride a bus to the other end of the City? When is the school board wake up and scrape the egg off their face? They hired the wrong person. Sheffield MUST GO!!
  • by Betty Location: Rockford on Nov 18, 2010 at 05:27 PM
    If AFC were to close down and the gifted 7-12 students were to move in - would most of the students who go to the new gifted school be white and most of the students who go to Auburn be black? Would this then lead to a possible lawsuit?
  • by John Location: Rockford on Nov 18, 2010 at 03:13 PM
    Now is the time to voice your opinion! If you feel strongly that the Fresman Campus should stay voice your opinion! I am pro AFC. It would be a mistake to end a successful program. Where is the data that suggest AFC isn't succesful or that people do not want to exist?
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